Insect flight control by neural stimulation of pupae-implanted flexible multisite electrodes

W. M. Tsang, Z. Aldworth, A. Stone, A. Permar, R. Levine, J. G. Hildebrand, T. Daniel, A. I. Akinwande, J. Voldman

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Abstract

We describe the demonstration of moth Manduca sexta flight control via pupae-implanted MEMS-based electrodes that directly interface with the central nervous system (CNS). We have developed a flexible electrode array that provides multisite electrical stimulation of an interganglionic bundle of nerve fibers in the moth's abdominal nerve cord (analogous to a vertebrate's spinal cord). These electrodes were able to stimulate the abdomen motion of pupae and adult moths leading to a change in flight direction of tethered adult moths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages1922-1924
Number of pages3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Event12th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2008 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 12 2008Oct 16 2008

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Other12th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2008
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period10/12/0810/16/08

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Keywords

  • Flexible stimulation electrode
  • Insect flight control
  • Moth
  • Polyimide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Bioengineering

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Tsang, W. M., Aldworth, Z., Stone, A., Permar, A., Levine, R., Hildebrand, J. G., Daniel, T., Akinwande, A. I., & Voldman, J. (2008). Insect flight control by neural stimulation of pupae-implanted flexible multisite electrodes. 1922-1924. Paper presented at 12th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2008, San Diego, CA, United States.