Temporal coding mediates discrimination of "bitter" taste stimuli by an insect.

  title={Temporal coding mediates discrimination of "bitter" taste stimuli by an insect.},
  author={John I Glendinning and Adrienne Davis and Meelu Rai},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  volume={26 35},
The mechanisms that mediate discriminative taste processing in insects are poorly understood. We asked whether temporal patterns of discharge from the peripheral taste system of an insect (Manduca sexta caterpillars; Sphingidae) contribute to the discrimination of three "bitter" taste stimuli: salicin, caffeine, and aristolochic acid. The gustatory response to these stimuli is mediated exclusively by three pairs of bitter-sensitive taste cell, which are located in the medial, lateral, and… CONTINUE READING
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