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Maplike Representation of Celestial E-Vector Orientations in the Brain of an Insect

Heinze, Stanley LU and Homberg, Uwe (2007) In Science 315. p.995-997
Abstract
or many insects, the polarization pattern of the blue sky serves as a compass cue for spatial navigation. E-vector orientations are detected by photoreceptors in a dorsal rim area of the eye. Polarized-light signals from both eyes are finally integrated in the central complex, a brain area consisting of two subunits, the protocerebral bridge and the central body. Here we show that a topographic representation of zenithal E-vector orientations underlies the columnar organization of the protocerebral bridge in a locust. The maplike arrangement is highly suited to signal head orientation under the open sky.
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315
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995 - 997
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1095-9203
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10.1126/science.1135531
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  author       = {Heinze, Stanley and Homberg, Uwe},
  issn         = {1095-9203},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {995--997},
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  series       = {Science},
  title        = {Maplike Representation of Celestial E-Vector Orientations in the Brain of an Insect},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1135531},
  volume       = {315},
  year         = {2007},
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