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Structure and function of the vertebrate magnetic sense


Walker, MM and Diebel, CE and Haugh, CV and Pankhurst, PM and Montgomery, JC and Green, CR, Structure and function of the vertebrate magnetic sense, Nature, 390, (6658) pp. 371-376. ISSN 0028-0836 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1038/37057


Some vertebrates can navigate over long distances using the Earth's magnetic field, but the sensory system that they use to do so has remained a mystery. Here we describe the key components of a magnetic sense underpinning this navigational ability in a single species, the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), We report behavioural and electrophysiological responses to magnetic fields and identify an area in the nose of the trout where candidate magnetoreceptor cells are located. We have tracked the sensory pathway from these newly identified candidate magnetoreceptor cells to the brain and associated the system with a learned response to magnetic fields.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Zoology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Pankhurst, PM (Dr Tish Pankhurst)
ID Code:10916
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:319
Deposited By:TAFI - Aquaculture
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-11

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