Synthesis of the pheromone-oriented behaviour of silkworm moths by a mobile robot with moth antennae as pheromone sensors

Yoshihiko Kuwana, Sumito Nagasawa, Isao Shimoyama, Ryohei Kanzaki

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The authors have studied the emergent mechanism in insect behavior by using a robotic system. Since insects have a simpler nervous system than humans, it is an appropriate model for clarifying the above mechanism. In this study, the pheromone oriented behavior of male silkworm moths was shown by a pheromone-guided mobile robot which had male moth antennae that can detect sex pheromones. This study focuses on the pheromone sensor that used antennae from a living moth. Since the antennae of silkworm moths are very sensitive as compared to artificial gas sensors, they can be used as living gas sensors that can detect pheromone molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-202
Number of pages8
JournalBiosensors and Bioelectronics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Feb
Externally publishedYes



  • Antennae
  • EAG
  • Pheromone sensor
  • Pheromone-guided mobile robot
  • Pheromone-oriented behavior
  • Silkworm moth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry

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