Records the exact location of a fly in real time. Tracker is a video-based tracking system that allows the detection of very small movements at any location within the tube. In addition to circadian locomotor activity, this tool is able to collect other information, such as distance, speed, food proximity, place preference, and multiple additional parameters that relate to sleep structure. This technique promises to provide valuable data to researchers conducting long-term behavioral studies.
Department of Biology, National Center for Behavioral Genomics and Volen Center for Complex Systems, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA; Department of Biological Sciences, JP Scott Center for Neuroscience, Mind, & Behavior, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, USA
Tracker funding source(s)
This work was supported in part by National Institutes of Health R01 grant MH067284, post-doctoral fellowship F32 MH090711, predoctoral fellowship F31 NS064679 and post-doctoral training grant T32 NS007292.