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Durham University

Department of Biosciences


Publication details for Dr Olena Riabinina

Mansourian, S., Fandino, R.A. & Riabinina, O. (2019). Progress in the use of genetic methods to study insect behavior outside Drosophila. Current Opinion in Insect Science 36: 45-56.

Author(s) from Durham


In the span of a decade we have seen a rapid progress in the application of genetic tools and genome editing approaches in ‘non-model’ insects. It is now possible to target sensory receptor genes and neurons, explore their functional roles and manipulate behavioral responses in these insects. In this review, we focus on the latest examples from Diptera, Lepidoptera and Hymenoptera of how applications of genetic tools advanced our understanding of diverse behavioral phenomena. We further discuss genetic methods that could be applied to study insect behavior in the future.