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Navigating the most challenging habitats on earth: unravelling the architecture of a universal compass system

Project description

Insights into the dung beetle's compass

The dung beetle is one of the many animals that use a primitive form of celestial navigation to find their way home. It uses a snapshot method for orientation, which eliminates the need to rely on long processes to retrieve information. The EU-funded UltimateCOMPASS project aims to unearth the sensory and neural processes of the newly discovered snapshot compass. Drawing upon biology, bioinformatics and mathematics, the project will obtain the first ever brain recordings from the compass of the large dung beetle, paving the way for the formation of core computational algorithms of this system. The project’s work will have an impact on the advancement of neuroethology and other scientific disciplines.

Host institution

LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Net EU contribution
€ 1 805 301,25
Address
Paradisgatan 5c
22100 Lund
Sweden

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Region
Södra Sverige Sydsverige Skåne län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (2)

LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 1 805 301,25
Address
Paradisgatan 5c
22100 Lund

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Region
Södra Sverige Sydsverige Skåne län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 188 923,75
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh

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Region
Eastern Scotland Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00