Flies undergo a search-like behaviour if they ingest a drop of nutritious sugar solution.

The complexity of the search varies according to how hungry they are and how concentrated the drop of sugar is.

This project will involve video-tracking searching behaviour and carrying out path analysis to quantify the intensity of “searching”.

You wil trial combinations of bitter and sweet stimuli to see if bitterness counteracts the searching behaviour induced by sweetness. 

Supervisor: Dr David Merritt