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Sensory biology

Our research spans from insect communication to vision evolution, and the impact of nanostructures on nerve cells. This comprehensive exploration has implications for various fields, offering insights into the wonders of nature.

A larvae sitting on a branch. Photo.

Decoding Insect Communication

The Pheromone Group explores how insects use chemical signals to interact with their environment. The research spans from understanding the functionality of these signals to their practical applications in pest control. The group’s work is rooted in a variety of methods, including chemical analysis, electrophysiology, molecular biology, and behavioural assays.

Understanding Vision Across Species

The Lund Vision Group investigates the evolution and function of eyes across the animal kingdom. The group’s research extends from the design and evolution of eyes to how vision influences behaviour. The group employs a range of techniques, from optics and electrophysiology to microscopy and molecular biology.

A beetle on top of a dung ball. Photo.
Photo: Chris Collingridge.

Bridging the Gap: From Nanostructures to Olfactory Neuroecology

Another area of focus is olfactory neuroecology, studying how the olfactory system of Drosophila melanogaster, or the vinegar fly, adapts to its habitat and needs. This research combines neurophysiological, molecular, phylogenetic, behavioural, ecological, and chemical approaches to pinpoint specific neuronal circuits and molecular mechanisms underlying olfactory-guided behaviours.

This multidisciplinary approach provides a comprehensive understanding of nature’s intricacies, from the micro to the macro level, and has broad implications for medicine, agriculture, industry, and environmental science.

Fruit fly. Photo.
Photo: Qinyang Li

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