Synthesizing neurophysiology, genetics, behaviour and learning to produce whole-insect programmable sensors to detect volatile chemicals

Glen Christopher Rains, Don Kulasiri, Zhongkun Zhou, Sandhya Samarasinghe, Jeffery K. Tomberlin, Dawn M. Olson

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Abstract

Insects have extremely sensitive systems of olfaction. These systems have been explored as potential sensors for odourants associated with forensics, medicine, security, and agriculture application. Most sensors based on insect olfaction utilize associative learning to “program” the insects to exhibit some form of behavioural response to a target odourant. To move to the next stage of development with whole-insect programmable sensors, an examination of how odourants are captured, processed and used to create behaviour is necessary. This review article examines how the neurophysiological, molecular, genetic and behavioural system of olfaction works and how an understanding of these systems should lead the way to future developments in whole-insect programmable sensors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-204
Number of pages26
JournalBiotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2009

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Neurophysiology
Insects
Learning
Smell
Sensors
Bioelectric potentials
Forensic Medicine
Agriculture
Medicine
Molecular Biology
Genetics

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  • Bioengineering
  • Molecular Biology

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Synthesizing neurophysiology, genetics, behaviour and learning to produce whole-insect programmable sensors to detect volatile chemicals. / Rains, Glen Christopher; Kulasiri, Don; Zhou, Zhongkun; Samarasinghe, Sandhya; Tomberlin, Jeffery K.; Olson, Dawn M.

In: Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews, Vol. 26, No. 1, 01.01.2009, p. 179-204.

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Rains, Glen Christopher ; Kulasiri, Don ; Zhou, Zhongkun ; Samarasinghe, Sandhya ; Tomberlin, Jeffery K. ; Olson, Dawn M. / Synthesizing neurophysiology, genetics, behaviour and learning to produce whole-insect programmable sensors to detect volatile chemicals. In: Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews. 2009 ; Vol. 26, No. 1. pp. 179-204.
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