project . 2021 - 2026 . On going

NeuroMagMa

The Neurobiology of Magnetic Orientation in Mammals
Open Access mandate for Publications European Commission
  • Funder: European CommissionProject code: 948728 Call for proposal: ERC-2020-STG
  • Funded under: H2020 | ERC | ERC-STG Overall Budget: 1,493,380 EURFunder Contribution: 1,493,380 EUR
  • Status: On going
  • Start Date
    01 Apr 2021
    End Date
    31 Mar 2026
  • Detailed project information (CORDIS)
  • Open Access mandate
    Research Data: No
Description
Many animals use the Earth’s magnetic field for orientation, but the sensory cells and molecular mechanisms of the magnetic sense remain a mystery. I propose to tackle this fundamental problem in sensory biology with a top-down approach that exploits state-of-the-art methodology to unravel the neural circuits underlying magnetic orientation. To take advantage of the knowledge and toolkits available for rodent brains I chose a rodent model organism: Mole-rats, which navigate through a maze of underground tunnels for their entire life in total darkness. Their magnetic sense is well established and they can be bred in the laboratory. My project has three ambitious ...
Description
Many animals use the Earth’s magnetic field for orientation, but the sensory cells and molecular mechanisms of the magnetic sense remain a mystery. I propose to tackle this fundamental problem in sensory biology with a top-down approach that exploits state-of-the-art methodology to unravel the neural circuits underlying magnetic orientation. To take advantage of the knowledge and toolkits available for rodent brains I chose a rodent model organism: Mole-rats, which navigate through a maze of underground tunnels for their entire life in total darkness. Their magnetic sense is well established and they can be bred in the laboratory. My project has three ambitious ...
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