It Takes Two – Coincidence coding within the dual olfactory pathway of the honeybee

Brill, Martin F., Meyer, Anneke, Roessler, Wolfgang (July 2015) It Takes Two – Coincidence coding within the dual olfactory pathway of the honeybee. Frontiers in Physiology, 6. p. 208. ISSN 1664-042X

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DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2015.00208


To rapidly process biologically relevant stimuli, sensory systems have developed a broad variety of coding mechanisms like parallel processing and coincidence detection. Parallel processing (e.g., in the visual system), increases both computational capacity and processing speed by simultaneously coding different aspects of the same stimulus. Coincidence detection is an efficient way to integrate information from different sources. Coincidence has been shown to promote associative learning and memory or stimulus feature detection (e.g., in auditory delay lines). Within the dual olfactory pathway of the honeybee both of these mechanisms might be implemented by uniglomerular projection neurons (PNs) that transfer information from the primary olfactory centers, the antennal lobe (AL), to a multimodal integration center, the mushroom body (MB). PNs from anatomically distinct tracts respond to the same stimulus space, but have different physiological properties, characteristics that are prerequisites for parallel processing of different stimulus aspects. However, the PN pathways also display mirror-imaged like anatomical trajectories that resemble neuronal coincidence detectors as known from auditory delay lines. To investigate temporal processing of olfactory information, we recorded PN odor responses simultaneously from both tracts and measured coincident activity of PNs within and between tracts. Our results show that coincidence levels are different within each of the two tracts. Coincidence also occurs between tracts, but to a minor extent compared to coincidence within tracts. Taken together our findings support the relevance of spike timing in coding of olfactory information (temporal code).

Item Type: Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: insect,Olfaction,antennal lobe,mushroom body,coincidence,Multi-Electrode-Recording
Subjects: organism description > animal > insect
organism description > animal behavior > olfactory
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Communities: CSHL labs > Turner lab
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: July 2015
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2015 20:08
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2017 19:12
PMCID: PMC4516877
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