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Colour vision inDrosophila melanogaster

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Using a fully automatized procedure and a training scheme symmetrical with respect to the visual stimuli as well as to the aversive stimulus,Drosophila could be conditioned to blue and yellow lights. With constant test conditions and variation of the light intensities during the training procedure, it could be shown that the flies respond primarily to the colour of the light.

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We are grateful to Dr. W. Edrich and K.-F. Fischbach for exchange of ideas. Dr. J. Bammert gave advice for the statistical treatment.

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Menne, D., Spatz, H.-. Colour vision inDrosophila melanogaster . J. Comp. Physiol. 114, 301–312 (1977). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00657325

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  • Colour
  • Light Intensity
  • Visual Stimulus
  • Training Procedure
  • Yellow Light