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Sensory-motor circuits in marine zooplankton and early evolution of the nervous system

 Coordinatore MAX PLANCK GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V. 

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 Nazionalità Coordinatore Germany [DE]
 Totale costo 1˙270˙800 €
 EC contributo 1˙270˙800 €
 Programma FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Specific programme: "Ideas" implementing the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007 to 2013)
 Code Call ERC-2010-StG_20091118
 Funding Scheme ERC-SG
 Anno di inizio 2010
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2010-10-01   -   2015-09-30

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    MAX PLANCK GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

 Organization address address: Hofgartenstrasse 8
city: MUENCHEN
postcode: 80539

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Gáspár
Cognome: Jékely
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 7071 6011310
Fax: +49 7071 601305

DE (MUENCHEN) hostInstitution 1˙270˙800.00
2    MAX PLANCK GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

 Organization address address: Hofgartenstrasse 8
city: MUENCHEN
postcode: 80539

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Bjoern
Cognome: Sack-Kuehner
Email: send email
Telefono: 497072000000
Fax: 497072000000

DE (MUENCHEN) hostInstitution 1˙270˙800.00

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investigations    animal    ecology    life    neurobiology    function    species    marine    larvae    ciliated    give    neuronal    of    circuits    zooplankton    evolution    evolved    nervous    behaviours    simple    planktonic   

 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

'Animal nervous systems evolved in a marine environment at the dawn of animal life, and diversified during the Cambrian explosion', one of the most spectacular events in the history of life. Remarkably little is known about early stages of the evolution of neuronal circuits and nervous systems. Simple marine planktonic organisms, in particular ciliated larvae of various marine invertebrates, can give us insights into how simple nervous circuits of marine organism function and may have evolved. The proposed project aims at investigating the nervous system of ciliated animal larvae using an integrative approach combining the fields of molecular biology, neurobiology, behaviour, marine ecology and evolution. As such, the project aims at pioneering an entirely new field of interdisciplinary investigations, the neurobiology of marine zooplankton. We will use a cultured marine annelid as our main model species, and several 'satellite' species to give a comparative perspective to our investigations. Our objective is to understand the anatomy and function of neuronal circuits that regulate the planktonic migration of ciliated zooplankton larvae. We will be able to address this at various levels, linking molecules to neuron types, neurons to larval behaviours and behaviours to marine ecology. Our aim is to get the first detailed systems level understanding of the nervous system of a marine ciliated larva.'

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