Thirty years of olfactory learning and memory research in Drosophila melanogaster

Sean E. McGuire, Mitch Deshazer, Ronald L. Davis
2005 Progress in Neurobiology  
The last 30 years have witnessed tremendous progress in elucidating the basic mechanisms underlying a simple form of olfactory learning and memory in Drosophila. The application of the mutagenic approach to the study of olfactory learning and memory in Drosophila has yielded insights into the participation of a large number of genes in both the development of critical brain regions as well as in the physiology underlying the acquisition, storage, and retrieval of memory. Newer sophisticated
more » ... cular-genetic tools have further allowed for the specification and functional dissection of the neuronal circuitry involved in these processes at a systems level. With these advances in our understanding of the genes, neurons, and circuits involved in learning and memory, the field of Drosophila memory research is nearing a state of integration of the bottom up and top down approaches to understanding this form of behavioral plasticity.
doi:10.1016/j.pneurobio.2005.09.003 pmid:16266778 fatcat:klajgh6rqrca5gpjzgvrjhrrre