Publication of IMPRS-LS student Vladimir Thoma

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Thoma V., Kobayashi K. and Tanimoto H.
eNeuro 4, 2017

The Role of the Gustatory System in the Coordination of Feeding

To survive, all animals must find, inspect and ingest food. Behavioral coordination and control of feeding is therefore a challenge that animals must face. Here, we focus on how the gustatory system guides the precise execution of behavioral sequences that promote ingestion and suppresses competing behaviors. We summarize principles learnt from Drosophila, where underlying sensory neuronal mechanisms are illustrated in great detail. Moreover, we compare these principles with findings in other animals, where such coordination plays prominent roles. These examples suggest that the use of gustatory information for feeding coordination has an ancient origin and is prevalent throughout the animal kingdom.