The neuroethology of C. elegans escape
Department of Neurobiology; Alkema Lab; Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience Program
Neuroscience and Neurobiology
Escape behaviors are crucial to survive predator encounters. Touch to the head of Caenorhabditis elegans induces an escape response where the animal rapidly backs away from the stimulus and suppresses foraging head movements. The coordination of head and body movements facilitates escape from predacious fungi that cohabitate with nematodes in organic debris. An appreciation of the natural habitat of laboratory organisms, like C. elegans, enables a comprehensive neuroethological analysis of behavior. In this review we discuss the neuronal mechanisms and the ecological significance of the C. elegans touch response.
DOI of Published Version
Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2012 Apr;22(2):187-93. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2011.12.007. Epub 2012 Jan 4. Link to article on publisher's site
Current opinion in neurobiology
Pirri, Jennifer K. and Alkema, Mark J., "The neuroethology of C. elegans escape" (2012). GSBS Student Publications. 1767.