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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 30, No. 5, 2009, pp. 515-519
Bioline Code: zr09079
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 30, No. 5, 2009, pp. 515-519

 en Avoidant Learning Ability in Free Flying Housefly ( Aldrichina grahami check for this species in other resources ) by Electric Shock
Jiang, Ping; Zhou, Dong-ming & Ma, Yuan-ye


Previous studies have confirmed that both honeybee and Drosophila are capable of learning and memory. This study aimed to investigate whether the house fly ( Aldrichina grahami check for this species in other resources ), with strong instincts to adapt their living environment, have the learning ability to associate odor stimulus to avoid electric shock in free flying state using a device developed by the authors. The result showed the learning ability of A. grahami at the electric shock voltages of 5 V, 25 V and 45 V AC. When 60 V was used, the flies were frequently injured. Our results indicate that A. grahami is a good model to study the neural mechanism of learning and memory. The paradigm in this study has some advantages that can be used in future studies of free insects.

Aldrichina grahami; Free flying state; Avoidant learning; Electro-shock; Voltage threshold

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