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Munich - Fukuoka / Kobe

German - Japanese Collaboration in Computational Neuroscience

"Neural basis of auditory processing in the honeybee - The role of neuron morphology and development"
(funded by BMBF and JST)

Honeybees employ a complex symbol language, the waggle dance, for communication using vibratory signals of specific frequencies and temporal structure. Little is known so far about the processing of the corresponding signals in the auditory system of the honeybee.

This project combines neuron reconstruction and model simulations to investigate the neural processing in an identified interneuron involved in the processing of the auditory communication signals. Specifically, we investigate how the morphology of the neuron supports selectivity for the relevant temporal signals, and how signal processing properties change during development of the animal. The project relies on close interaction of experiment and modeling, with complementing expertises in the collaborating groups. Data resulting from the project will be made available through databases in Japan and Germany and serve as basis for further investigation of the processing of auditory communication signals in the honeybee.


The following scientists take part in this collaboration:

  • PD Dr. Thomas Wachtler, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Dr. Phililpp Rautenberg, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Prof. Dr. Hiroyuki Ai, Fukuoka University, Japan
  • Prof. Dr. Hidetoshi Ikeno, University of Hyogo, Japan


German Coordinator:

PD Dr. Thomas Wachtler-Kulla
Department Biologie II
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München      
Großhaderner Str. 2
82152 Planegg-Martinsried

Tel.: +49 (0) 89/2180-74810
Fax: +49 (0) 89/2180-74803