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Discrimination among pheromone component blends by interneurons in male antennal lobes of two populations of the turnip moth, Agrotis segetum

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Wu, W., Anton, S., Löfstedt, C., & Hansson, B. (1996). Discrimination among pheromone component blends by interneurons in male antennal lobes of two populations of the turnip moth, Agrotis segetum. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 93(15), 8022-8027. doi:10.1073/pnas.93.15.8022.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0014-5F41-6
Abstract
A difference in female pheromone production and male behavioral response has previously been found in two populations of the turnip moth, Agrotis segetum, originating from Sweden and Zimbabwe, respectively. In this study, rye investigated the pheromone response of antennal lobe interneurons of mates of the two populations by intracellular recordings, stimulating with single pheromone components and various inter- and intra-populational pheromone blends. Three major physiological types of antennal lobe neurons were established in the two populations according to their responses to different stimuli. One type responded broadly to almost all the stimuli tested, The second type responded selectively to some of the single components and blends, The third type did not respond to any single components but did respond to certain blends, Furthermore, some neurons of the second and third type recognized strain specific differences in ratios between pheromone components. Both projection neurons and local interneurons were found among these three types. Two pheromone responding bilateral projection neurons are reported for the first time in this paper.