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The Neurobiology of an Insect Brain
TLDR
The nervous system of locusts and grasshoppers and the role of neurotransmitters, neuromodulators and neurohormones in the development and control of the nervous system are studied.
Serotonin Mediates Behavioral Gregarization Underlying Swarm Formation in Desert Locusts
TLDR
It is shown that serotonin, an evolutionarily conserved mediator of neuronal plasticity, is responsible for this behavioral transformation, being both necessary if behavioral gregarization is to occur and sufficient to induce it.
Reflex Effects of the Femoral Chordotonal Organ Upon Leg Motor Neurones of the Locust
TLDR
Elicited movements of the hind legs or apparently spontaneous changes of excitability enhanced or masked the typical response of the motor neurones to stimulation of the FCO, indicating that the effects of this sense organ are not to be viewed as rigid, but as modifiable in the context of the behaviour of the animal.
Monosynaptic connexions between wing stretch receptors and flight motoneurones of the locust.
  • M. Burrows
  • Biology
    The Journal of experimental biology
  • 1 February 1975
TLDR
The connexions between stretch receptors of the wings and motoneurones innervating flight muscles have been studied anatomically and physiologically and it is expected that the stretch receptor will influence the time at which a mot oneurone will spike and hence have an effect on the amplitude of the upstroke and upon the phase relationship between spikes of motoneurs.
Parallel processing of proprioceptive signals by spiking local interneurons and motor neurons in the locust
  • M. Burrows
  • Biology
    The Journal of neuroscience : the official…
  • 1 April 1987
TLDR
Staining the central projections of the afferent neurons with dye introduced into their axons at the receptor, and the intracellular injection of dye into motor neurons and interneurons, shows that the branches of all 3 types of neuron overlap in specific regions of neuropile.
Biomechanics: Froghopper insects leap to new heights
TLDR
Froghoppers (spittle bugs) are shown to be the real champions and that they achieve their supremacy by using a novel catapult mechanism for jumping.
The Mechanism of Rapid Running in the Ghost Crab, Ocypode Ceratophthalma
TLDR
It is concluded that the crab mainly pushes itself along rather than using a push-pull combination, and three pairs of legs are commonly used in running.
The kinematics and neural control of high-speed kicking movements in the locust.
TLDR
To understand the dynamics of these rapid movements and the interrelations between joint mechanics and the motor pattern, kicks were analysed with high-speed video images coupled to simultaneous intracellular recordings from identified leg motor neurones.
Substantial changes in central nervous system neurotransmitters and neuromodulators accompany phase change in the locust
TLDR
High-performance liquid chromatography data show that changes in levels of neuroactive substances are widespread in the central nervous system and reflect the time course of behavioural and physiological phase change in desert locusts.
Jumping performance of froghopper insects
  • M. Burrows
  • Biology
    Journal of Experimental Biology
  • 1 December 2006
TLDR
The kinematics of jumping in froghopper insects were analysed from high speed sequences of images captured at rates up to 8000 s-1 to find the best jumps by Philaenus, which requires an energy output of 136 μJ, a power output of 155 mW and exerts a force of 66 mN.
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