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Role of the semi-lunar process in locust jumping
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- Published: 6 July 2007
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The biomechanical and neural components that underlie locust jumping have been extensively studied [1–4]. Previous research suggested that energy for the jump is stored primarily in the extensor apodeme and in the semi-lunar process (SLP) , a thickened band of cuticle at the distal end of the tibia. As it has thus far proven impossible to experimentally alter the SLP without rendering a locust unable to jump, it has not been possible to test whether the energy stored in the SLP has a significant impact on the jump, or how that energy is applied during the jump.
This project is supported by GSU Brains & Behavior Program and NIH Grant P20-GM065762.
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