Date of Award

4-3-2017

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Benjamin Navia

Abstract

Selective phonotaxis by female crickets has been shown to be variable. Mechanisms which underlie such behavioral variability are being studied. Juvenile Hormone III is a neuromodulator that has been shown to increase selectivity in phonotactic behavior of female crickets. In an attempt to further explore its effects on the behavioral responses of femaile crickets, experiments have been performed with chelerythrine cloride that is known to have an opposite effect of Juvenile Hormone III. Chelerythrine chloride, a potent protein kinase C blocker, has been hypothesized to block the effect of Juvenile Hormone III which acts through a protein kinase C pathway, leading to a reduced selectiveness in the female's behavioral response.

Subject Area

Crickets; Juvenile hormones; Chelerythrine chloride

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Biology Commons

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