Role of the Subesophageal Zone in Sensorimotor Control of Orientation in Drosophila Larva

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Drosophila larvae chemotax by alternating runs with directed turns. To map the sensorimotor pathway directing this process, Tastekin et al. combine a genetic screen with high-resolution behavioral analysis and acute functional perturbations. They find that the subesophageal zone plays a critical role in the sensory control of orientation behaviors.

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Tastekin I, Riedl J, Schilling-Kurz V, Gomez-Marin A, Truman JW, Louis M.