The ethomics era?

  title={The ethomics era?},
  author={Michael B. Reiser},
  journal={Nature Methods},
Applying modern machine-vision techniques to the study of animal behavior, two groups developed systems that quantify many aspects of the complex social behaviors of Drosophila melanogaster. These software tools will enable high-throughput screens that seek to uncover the cellular and molecular underpinnings of behavior. 

Behavioral Neuroscience: Crawling Is a No-Brainer for Fruit Fly Larvae

Death Valley, Drosophila, and the Devonian toolkit.

Examining mark-and-recapture experiments on Drosophila flies provides insight into how animals generate long behavioral sequences using sensory-motor modules that may have an ancient evolutionary origin.

Rethomics: An R framework to analyse high-throughput behavioural data

Rethomics is presented, a set of R packages that unifies the analysis of behavioural datasets in an efficient and flexible manner and is proposed as a tool to bridge the gap between behavioural biology and data sciences, thus connecting computational and behavioural scientists.

Three-dimensional tracking and behaviour monitoring of multiple fruit flies

This work has developed an approach that enables us to detect and keep track of multiple flies in a three-dimensional arena for a long period of time, using multiple synchronized and calibrated cameras and the ‘sequential Hungarian algorithm’.

High‐throughput screening and small animal models, where are we?

The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, and the fish Danio rerio are gaining momentum as screening tools because their main advantage is to allow high‐throughput screening in a whole‐animal context.

RAD-Behavior (Recombining Atomized, Discretized, Behavior): A new framework for the quantitative analysis of behavioral execution

A broad framework for comparing behavioral execution (RAD-behavior: recombining atomized, discretized behavior) is proposed that leverages string-matching/bioinformatic tools to understand phenotypic variation in behavioral execution and which holds the potential to yield novel insights about the evolutionary ecology of behavior at multiple scales.



High-throughput Ethomics in Large Groups of Drosophila

A camera-based method for automatically quantifying the individual and social behaviors of fruit flies, Drosophila melanogaster, interacting in a planar arena finds that behavioral differences between individuals were consistent over time and were sufficient to accurately predict gender and genotype.

Automated monitoring and analysis of social behavior in Drosophila

A method based on machine vision for automatically measuring aggression and courtship in Drosophila melanogaster is introduced, which should enable large-scale screens for genes and neural circuits controlling courtship and aggression.


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  • Biology
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 1967
Drosophila offers the same advantages to such a study as it did to classical genetics, namely, large numbers and short generation time, to which may now be added an enormous store of accumulated knowledge concerning the organism.

High-Resolution Analysis of Ethanol-Induced Locomotor Stimulation in Drosophila

The effects of ethanol on locomotion are comparable in flies and mammals, suggesting that Drosophila is a suitable model system to study the underlying mechanisms of ethanol action and alcoholism.

The Study of Instinct

Ethology: the objective study of behaviour Behaviour as a reaction to external stimuli The internal factors responsible for the 'spontaneity' of behaviour Further considerations of the external

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