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Tracking singing insects with Sylvain Hugel

04 January 2023

A native cricket of the island of Rodrigues. Photo: S. Hugel

A research scientist at the Institute of Cellular and Integrative Neuroscience (INCI) in Strasbourg, the neurobiologist Sylvain Hugel is also passionate about zoology. In a recent interview for the university's daily Savoir(s) (Knowledge(s)), he explains why he is fascinated with insects and singing crickets.


In his USIAS Fellowship Changes in short-term neuronal plasticity as a process by which populations evolve to become distinct species, awarded in 2021, Sylvain Hugel focuses on the cricket insect to see how their neural networks evolved in a way that means that females only recognise the song of male crickets of “their” group.

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