Bente Gunnveig Berg
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
- (2020) A novel major output target for pheromone-sensitive projection neurons in male moths. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. vol. 14 (147).
- (2020) Revisiting the Labial Pit Organ Pathway in the Noctuid Moth, Helicoverpa armigera. Frontiers in Physiology. vol. 11 (202).
- (2020) Antennal-lobe neurons in the moth Helicoverpa armigera: Morphological features of projection neurons, local interneurons, and centrifugal neurons. Journal of Comparative Neurology.
- (2019) Brain Organization of Apolygus lucorum: A Hemipteran Species With Prominent Antennal Lobes. Frontiers in Neuroanatomy. vol. 13 (70).
- (2017) Coincidence of pheromone and plant odor leads to sensory plasticity in the heliothine olfactory system. PLOS ONE. vol. 12 (5).
- (2017) Central Projections of Antennal and Labial Palp Sensory Neurons in the Migratory Armyworm Mythimna separata. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. vol. 11.
- (2017) Distribution of tachykinin-related peptides in the brain of the tobacco budworm Heliothis virescens. Journal of Comparative Neurology. vol. 525 (18).
- (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).