Progress in the use of genetic methods to study insect behavior outside Drosophila

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In the span of a decade we have seen a rapid progress in the application of genetic tools and genome editing approaches in ‘non-model’ insects. It is now possible to target sensory receptor genes and neurons, explore their functional roles and manipulate behavioral responses in these insects. In this review, we focus on the latest examples from Diptera, Lepidoptera and Hymenoptera of how applications of genetic tools advanced our understanding of diverse behavioral phenomena. We further discuss genetic methods that could be applied to study insect behavior in the future.


External organisations
  • Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
  • Durham University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Genetics
  • Zoology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-56
Number of pages12
JournalCurrent Opinion in Insect Science
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch