Orthopteran Physiology

Organizer: Amir Ayali

Locusts and grasshoppers have always served as leading models in physiology, from endocrinology to neurobiology, from integrative to environmental physiology. The proposed symposium is aimed at providing a panorama of cutting-edge research, demonstrating that even nowadays, when research tends to focus increasingly on a few selected so-called model organisms, Orthopterans have not lost their appeal as an outstanding preparation for physiological studies.

Research presented will emphasize the importance of a comparative approach in the study of insect physiology and will encompass prospective authors representing diverse research fields, including:

    • Neuropeptides and peptide receptors in locust physiology.
    • Locusts and grasshoppers as models in the study of respiration and Discontinuous Gas Exchange.
    • Epigenetics and developmental plasticity in orthopteroid insects.
    • The role of the neuropeptide F/nitric oxide pathway in locust phase transition.
    • From polarized light to motion sensing the role of the central complex.
    • The neural control of locust locomotion.