Johnston's organ


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Johnston's organ

an organ situated at the base of the insect antenna consisting of a group of CHORDOTONAL RECEPTORS, probably associated with movement of the antenna.
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In particular, the model seems to indicate that scolopidia located toward the tip of the Johnston's organ are responsible for the entrainment of the other scolopidia, and that they give the largest contribution to the mechanical amplification.
However, the true physiology of the threads is more complex, due to the curved arrangement of Johnston's organ, and further research into the effect of the subsequent mechanical variation of each thread needs to be carried out," Dr Avitabile added.
High-powered microscopes and chemical analysis revealed the presence of the dirt-acquired magnetic particles in the antennae, intriguingly next to a body part called the Johnston's organ that may also be part of the ant's GPS.

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