The role of the gustatory system in the coordination of feeding

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To survive, all animals must find, inspect, and ingest food. Behavioral coordination and control of feeding is therefore a challenge that animals must face. Here, we focus on how the gustatory system guides the precise execution of behavioral sequences that promote ingestion and suppresses competing behaviors. We summarize principles learnt from Drosophila, where underlying sensory neuronal mechanisms are illustrated in great detail. Moreover, we compare these principles with findings in other animals, where such coordination plays prominent roles. These examples suggest that the use of gustatory information for feeding coordination has an ancient origin and is prevalent throughout the animal kingdom.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0324-17.2017
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Nov 1


  • Coordination
  • Evolution
  • Feeding behavior
  • Gustatory sensory neuron
  • Neuroethology
  • Taste


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