Olfactory Behavior of Drosophila Melanogaster

  • Veronica Rodrigues
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 16)


The olfactory system of Drosophila is readily amenable to genetic dissection. The response to smell involves interaction between a chemical stimulant and the receptor surface, transduction, neural excitation, transmission across synapses and integration by the central nervous system finally leading to motor activity. By an appropriate choice of mutants, attention can be focussed on any one of this series of complex processes. In this paper I will describe the properties of olfactory mutations on the X-chromosome and compare the behavior of mutants with normal flies.


Response Index Olfactory Response Olfactory Behavior Larval Response Strong Repellent 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Veronica Rodrigues
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  1. 1.Molecular Biology UnitTata Institute of Fundamental ResearchBombayIndia

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