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The Light-dependent Magnetic Compass

Muheim, Rachel LU (2007) In Photobiology – The Science of Light and Life p.465-478
Abstract
Animals can detect different parameters of the geomagnetic field by two principal independent magnetoreception mechanisms: (1) a light-dependent process detecting the axial course and the inclination angle of the geomagnetic field lines, providing the animals with magnetic compass information (inclination compass), and (2) a magnetite-mediated process, providing magnetic map information (map sense). In vertebrates like birds and newts, light-dependent magnetic compass orientation depends on both wavelength and intensity of light, and experimental evidence suggests that magnetic compass information is perceived by magneto-sensitive photoreceptors, possibly containing cryptochromes, in the retina or the pineal.
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Photobiology – The Science of Light and Life
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Björn, Lars Olof
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465 - 478
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Springer
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  • Scopus:84900157922
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978-0-387-72654-0
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-72655-7_17
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English
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  abstract     = {Animals can detect different parameters of the geomagnetic field by two principal independent magnetoreception mechanisms: (1) a light-dependent process detecting the axial course and the inclination angle of the geomagnetic field lines, providing the animals with magnetic compass information (inclination compass), and (2) a magnetite-mediated process, providing magnetic map information (map sense). In vertebrates like birds and newts, light-dependent magnetic compass orientation depends on both wavelength and intensity of light, and experimental evidence suggests that magnetic compass information is perceived by magneto-sensitive photoreceptors, possibly containing cryptochromes, in the retina or the pineal.},
  author       = {Muheim, Rachel},
  editor       = {Björn, Lars Olof},
  isbn         = {978-0-387-72654-0},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {465--478},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Photobiology – The Science of Light and Life},
  title        = {The Light-dependent Magnetic Compass},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-72655-7_17},
  year         = {2007},
}