Limit-cycle-based control of the myogenic wingbeat rhythm in the fruit fly Drosophila

  title={Limit-cycle-based control of the myogenic wingbeat rhythm in the fruit fly Drosophila},
  author={Jan Bartussek and A. Kadir Mutlu and Martin Zapotocky and Steven N. Fry},
  journal={Journal of The Royal Society Interface},
In many animals, rhythmic motor activity is governed by neural limit cycle oscillations under the control of sensory feedback. In the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, the wingbeat rhythm is generated myogenically by stretch-activated muscles and hence independently from direct neural input. In this study, we explored if generation and cycle-by-cycle control of Drosophila's wingbeat are functionally separated, or if the steering muscles instead couple into the myogenic rhythm as a weak forcing… 

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