Multisensory convergence in the mushroom bodies of ants and bees

Wulfila Gronenberg, G. O. López-Riquelme

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Abstract

The mushroom bodies, central neuropils in the arthropod brain, are involved in learning and memory and in the control of complex behavior. In most insects, the mushroom bodies receive direct olfactory input in their calyx region. In Hymenoptera, olfactory input is layered in the calyx. In ants, several layers can be discriminated that correspond to different clusters of glomeruli in the antennal lobes, perhaps corresponding to different classes of odors. Only in Hymenoptera, the mushroom body calyx also receives direct visual input from the optic lobes. In bees, six calycal layers receive input from different classes of visual interneurons, probably representing different parts of the visual field and different visual properties. Taken together, the mushroom bodies receive distinct multisensory information in many segregated input layers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-37
Number of pages7
JournalActa Biologica Hungarica
Volume55
Issue number1-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004

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Mushroom Bodies
mushroom bodies
Ants
Bees
mushroom
Odors
bee
ant
Apoidea
Optics
Brain
Formicidae
calyx
Data storage equipment
Hymenoptera
antennal lobe
optic lobe
Behavior Control
Neuropil
Arthropods

Keywords

  • Insects
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Multimodal information
  • Neuroanatomy

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Multisensory convergence in the mushroom bodies of ants and bees. / Gronenberg, Wulfila; López-Riquelme, G. O.

In: Acta Biologica Hungarica, Vol. 55, No. 1-4, 2004, p. 31-37.

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