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      The Central Nervous Control of Flight in a Locust

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      Journal of Experimental Biology
      The Company of Biologists

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          Abstract

          1. The co-ordination of the flight movements of Schistocerca gregaria Forskål was examined in order to determine the extent of central patterning and reflex control.

          2. Electrical recordings from wing sensory nerves showed many units which responded to wing movements of various kinds. During flight the sensory discharge was timed to certain phases of the wing-beat cycle.

          3. Surgical removal of the sources of timed input did not abolish patterned output, which resembled that during flight, but the frequency of cycling was considerably reduced. Either electrical stimulation of the nerve cord or continuous wind on the head could elicit the pattern.

          4. A multiplicity of oscillators in the flight control system was demonstrated.

          5. It is suggested that the basic co-ordination of flight is an inherent function of the central nervous system but that peripheral feedback loops influence the frequency of Operation and details of pattern.

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          Journal
          Journal of Experimental Biology
          The Company of Biologists
          1477-9145
          0022-0949
          June 01 1961
          June 01 1961
          : 38
          : 2
          : 471-490
          Affiliations
          [1 ]Zoophysiological Laboratory B, University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and Department of Zoology, Yale University (U.S.A)
          Article
          10.1242/jeb.38.2.471
          6c24ed84-ab90-4d13-943d-fcfedacf5a8d
          © 1961
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