Background and activities
The research group aims at understanding how the brain processes olfactory information, i.e. how signals initiated by specific odors are encoded in a functional neural network.
By studying a suitable model object, the moth brain, we map how the neural network constituting distinct synaptic levels of the olfactory pathway is connected, and how biologically relevant odor stimuli influence the activity in individual neurons and neuron populations.
Methods: Experimental lab activities, including intracellular recordings/stainings combined with confocal microscopy and modelling of neural structures via data visualization software; immunocytochemistry; calcium imaging.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2017) Coincidence of pheromone and plant odor leads to sensory plasticity in the heliothine olfactory system. PLoS ONE. vol. 12 (5).
- (2017) Distribution of tachykinin-related peptides in the brain of the tobacco budworm Heliothis virescens. Journal of Comparative Neurology.
- (2016) Antennal-lobe tracts in the noctuid moth, Heliothis virescens: New anatomical findings. Cell and Tissue Research. vol. 366 (1).
- (2016) Individual neurons confined to distinct antennal-lobe tracts in the heliothine moth: Morphological characteristics and global projection patterns. Frontiers in Neuroanatomy. vol. 10.
- (2016) Glomerular identification in the antennal lobe of the male moth Helicoverpa armigera. Journal of Comparative Neurology. vol. 524 (15).
- (2016) A global-wide search for sexual dimorphism of glomeruli in the antennal lobe of female and male Helicoverpa armigera. Scientific Reports. vol. 6.
- (2015) Simple ears - flexible behavior: Information processing in the moth auditory pathway. Current Zoology. vol. 61 (2).
- (2014) Processing of pheromone information in related species of Heliothine moths. Insects. vol. 5 (4).
- (2014) Sound-sensitive neurons innervate the ventro-lateral protocerebrum of the heliothine moth brain. Cell and Tissue Research. vol. 355 (2).
- (2014) Central Projections of Gustatory Receptor Neurons in the Medial and the Lateral Sensilla Styloconica of Helicoverpa armigera Larvae. PLoS ONE. vol. 9 (4).
- (2014) Representation of pheromones, interspecific signals, and plant odors in higher olfactory centers; mapping physiologically identified antennal-lobe projection neurons in the male heliothine moth. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. vol. 8 (186).
- (2014) Tracing and 3-dimensional representation of the primary afferents from the moth ear. Arthropod structure & development. vol. 43 (3).
- (2013) Fine structure and primary sensory projections of sensilla located in the labial-palp pit organ of Helicoverpa armigera (Insecta). Cell and Tissue Research. vol. 353 (3).
- (2012) Characterization of three pheromone-binding proteins (PBPs) of Helicoverpa armigera (Hubner) and their binding properties. Journal of insect physiology. vol. 58 (7).
- (2012) A multisensory centrifugal neuron in the olfactory pathway of heliothine moths. Journal of Comparative Neurology. vol. 521 (1).
- (2011) Serotonin som nevromodulator i luktesystemet - generelle prinsipper i små og store hjerner. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening. vol. 48 (3).
- (2011) Projection pattern of antennal-lobe output neurons in higher olfactory centers of the heliothine moth brain. Chemical Senses. vol. 36 (1).
- (2010) Arrangement of Output Information from the 3 Macroglomerular Units in the Heliothine Moth Helicoverpa assulta: Morphological and Physiological Features of Male-Specific Projection Neurons. Chemical Senses. vol. 35 (6).
- (2009) γ-Aminobutyric acid immunostaining in the antennal lobe of the moth Heliothis virescens and its colocalization with neuropeptides. Cell and Tissue Research. vol. 335 (3).
- (2009) Morphological and Physiological Characteristics of the Serotonin-Immunoreactive Neuron in the Antennal Lobe of the Male Oriental Tobacco Budworm, Helicoverpa assulta. Chemical Senses. vol. 34 (5).