Miss Amelia Edmondson-Stait
The mushroom body (MB) is the principal site of associative learning in insects. MB output neurons (MBONs) divide it into 15 compartments and together form a complex, multi-layered network whose combined activity represents valence and motivational state. Connectivity within this network has been predicted from light microscopy and physiological data. However proof of synaptic connectivity is challenging with these methods.
Now we are taking advantage of a recently acquired serial section electron microscopy (EM) volume of an adult female fly brain by D. Bock and collaborators at Janelia Research Campus, and use it to expand the MBON connectivity map, at synaptic resolution.
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