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The Oxford Handbook of Invertebrate Neurobiology

Edited by John H. Byrne

Published in print April 2019 | ISBN: 9780190456757
Published online February 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190456764 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190456757.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Oxford Handbook of Invertebrate Neurobiology

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Invertebrates have proven to be extremely useful models for gaining insights into the neural and molecular mechanisms of sensory processing, motor control, and higher functions, such as feeding behavior, learning and memory, navigation, and social behavior. Their enormous contribution to neuroscience is due, in part, to the relative simplicity of invertebrate nervous systems and, in part, to the large cells found in some invertebrates, like mollusks. Because of the organizms’ cell size, individual neurons can be surgically removed and assayed for expression of membrane channels, levels of second messengers, protein phosphorylation, and RNA and protein synthesis. Moreover, peptides and nucleotides can be injected into individual neurons. Other invertebrate systems such as Drosophila and Caenorhabditis elegans are ideal models for genetic approaches to the exploration of neuronal function and the neuronal bases of behavior. The Oxford Handbook of Invertebrate Neurobiology reviews neurobiological phenomena, including motor pattern generation, mechanisms of synaptic transmission, and learning and memory, as well as circadian rhythms, development, regeneration, and reproduction. Species-specific behaviors are covered in chapters on the control of swimming in annelids, crustacea, and mollusks; locomotion in hexapods; and camouflage in cephalopods. A unique feature of the handbook is the coverage of social behavior and intentionality in invertebrates. These developments are contextualized in a chapter summarizing past contributions of invertebrate research as well as areas for future studies that will continue to advance the field.

Keywords: invertebrate neurobiology; invertebrate behavior; invertebrate learning and memory; invertebrate development; invertebrate evolution; invertebrate neurotransmitters; invertebrate locomotion; motor pattern generation; invertebrate sensory system; invertebrate regulatory functions

Book.  792 pages. 

Subjects: Neuroscience

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Recent Trends in Invertebrate Neuroscience in The Oxford Handbook of Invertebrate Neurobiology

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The Divergent Evolution of Arthropod Brains in The Oxford Handbook of Invertebrate Neurobiology

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Development of the Nervous System of Invertebrates in The Oxford Handbook of Invertebrate Neurobiology

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Invertebrate Genomics Provide Insights Into the Origin of Synaptic Transmission in The Oxford Handbook of Invertebrate Neurobiology

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Genetics of Behavior in <i>C. elegans</i> in The Oxford Handbook of Invertebrate Neurobiology

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Genetic Analysis of Behavior in <i>Drosophila</i> in The Oxford Handbook of Invertebrate Neurobiology

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Cnidarian Neurobiology in The Oxford Handbook of Invertebrate Neurobiology

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Flatworm Neurobiology in the Postgenomic Era in The Oxford Handbook of Invertebrate Neurobiology

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Morphology of Invertebrate Neurons and Synapses in The Oxford Handbook of Invertebrate Neurobiology

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Neurotransmitters and Neuropeptides of Invertebrates in The Oxford Handbook of Invertebrate Neurobiology

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