Genetics and neurobiology of aggression in Drosophila
Volume 6, Issue 1
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Pages 35 - 48http://dx.doi.org/10.4161/fly.19249
: Drosophila, aggression, behavior, genetics, neurobiology
Authors: Liesbeth Zwarts, Marijke Versteven and Patrick Callaerts View affiliations
Aggressive behavior is widely present throughout the animal kingdom and is crucial to ensure survival and reproduction. Aggressive actions serve to acquire territory, food, or mates and in defense against predators or rivals; while in some species these behaviors are involved in establishing a social hierarchy. Aggression is a complex behavior, influenced by a broad range of genetic and environmental factors. Recent studies in Drosophila provide insight into the genetic basis and control of aggression. The state of the art on aggression in Drosophila and the many opportunities provided by this model organism to unravel the genetic and neurobiological basis of aggression are reviewed.
Received: July 20, 2011; Accepted: January 3, 2012