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Recent 5 years


  •   Couzin E. and Ayali A. (2021) The social brain of ‘non-eusocial’ insects. Curr. Opin. Insect Sci. 48, 1-7.

  •   Bates A. E., Richard B., Primack R.B., PAN-Environment Working Group and Duarte C.M. (2021) Global COVID-19 lockdown highlights humans as both threats and custodians of the environment. Biol. Conserv. 109175.

  •   David I and Ayali A. (2021) From motor-output to connectivity: an in-depth study of in-vitro rhythmic patterns in the cockroach Periplaneta americana. Front. Insect Sci. 1:655933.  https://doi: 10.3389/finsc.2021.655933

  •   Lavy O., Gophna U., Ayali A., Gihaz S., Fishman A., and Gefen E. (2021) The maternal foam plug constitutes a reservoir for the desert locust's bacterial symbionts. Environ. Microbiol., 23 (5),2461-2472. 

  •  Knebel D., Sha-ked C. Agmon N. Ariel G.  and Ayali A. (2021)  Collective motion as a distinct behavioral state of the individual. iScience, 102299.

  •  Fishel I., Amit Y., Shvil N., Sheinin A., Ayali A. Yovel Y. and Maoz B. (2021)  Ear-Bot: Locust Ear-on-a-Chip Bio-hybrid Platform. Sensors, 21(1), 228;

  •   Van Houten, F., Wertheim, R., Ayali, A., Poverenov, E., Mechraz, G., Eckert, U.,  Rentzsch, H., Dani, I., Willocx, M. , Duflou, J.R. (2021) Bio-based design methodologies for products, processes, machine tools and production systems. In press. CIRP J. Man. Sci. Tech. 32, 46-60.


  •   Willocx M., Ayali A. and Duflou J.R. (2020) Where and how to find bio-inspiration. CIRP J. Man. Sci. Tech. 31, 61-67.

  •   Lavy O., Gophna U., Gefen E.,and Ayali A. (2020) Locust bacterial symbionts: an update. Insects 11(10), 655;

  •   Wegrzyn Y., Shapiro A., and Ayali A. (2020) Tight coupling of human walking and a four-legged walking-device. Eng. Res. Express. 2 036001.

  •   Lavy O., Gophna U., Gefen E., and Ayali A. (2020) Dynamics of bacterial composition in the locust reproductive tract are affected by density dependent phase. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol., 96(4). pii: fiaa044. doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiaa044 EDITOR'S CHOICE


  •   Ayali A. (2019) The puzzle of locust density-dependent phase polyphenism. Curr. Opin. Insect Sci. 35, 41-47.

  •   Talal S., Ayali A. and Gefen E. (2019) Respiratory gas levels interact to control ventilatory motor patterns in isolated locust ganglia.  J. Exp. Biol., 222, jeb195388. doi:10.1242/jeb.195388

  •   Reches E., Knebel D., Rillich J., Ayali A. and Barzel B. (2019) The metastability of the double-tripod gait in locust locomotion. iScience 12, 53-65.

  •   Knebel D., Ayali A., Guershon M. and Ariel G. (2019) Intra- vs. inter-group variance in collective behavior. Science Adv. Vol. 5, no. 1, eaav0695.

  •   Lavy O., Gophna U., Gefen E., and Ayali A. (2019 Locust density does not directly affect gut bacterial composition. Front. Microbiol. 9:3020

  •   Knebel D., Rillich J., Nadler L., Pfluger HJ, and Ayali A. (2019) The functional connectivity between the locust leg pattern generators and the subesophageal ganglion higher motor center. Neurosci. Lett. 692: 77-82.


  •   Knebel D., Rillich J., Ayali A., Pfluger HJ, and Rigosi E.  (2018) Ex-vivo recordings reveal desert locust forelimb control is asymmetric.  Curr. Biol. 28, R1283-R1295

  •   Golov Y., Rillich J., Douek M. Harari A. and Ayali A. (2018) Sexual behavior of the desert locust during intra- and inter-phase interactions. J. Insect Behav. 31(6), 629-641 .

  •   Knebel D., Asaf Y. and Ayali A. (2018) The use of MEMRI for monitoring central nervous system activity during intact insect walking. J. Insect Physiol. 108: 48-53

  •   Knebel D., Wörner L., Rillich J.,  Nadler L., Pfluger H, Ayali A. and Couzin-Fuchs E. (2018) The subesophageal ganglion modulates locust inter-leg sensory-motor interactions via contralateral pathways. J. Insect Physiol. 107:116-124.

  •   Talal S., Gefen E., and Ayali A. (2018) Intricate but tight coupling of spiracular activity and abdominal ventilation during locust discontinuous gas exchange cycles. J. Exp. Biol., 221:JEB174722; doi: 10.1242/jeb.174722  See also: Breath-holding locusts don't keep spiracles open when they exhale Inside JEB

  •   Golov Y., Rillich J., Harari A. and Ayali A. (2018) Precopulatory behavior and sexual conflict in the desert locust. PeerJ, 6:e4356.


  •   Beck A., Zaitsev V., Ben Hanan U., Kosa G., Ayali A. and Weiss A. (2017) Jump stabilization and landing control by wing-spreading of a locust inspired jumper. Bioinspir. Biomim. 12 066006. 

  •   Cullen D.A., Cease A.J., Latchininsky A.V., Ayali A., et al. (2017). From Molecules to Management: Mechanisms and Consequences of Locust Phase Polyphenism. Adv. Insect Physiol. 53:167 -285. (Abstract)

  •   Knebel D., Ayali A., Pflger HJ, and Rillich J. (2017) Rigidity and flexibility: The central basis of inter-leg coordination in the locust. Front. Neural Circuits 10:112; doi: 10.3389/fncir.2016.00112


  •   Talal S., Ayali A, and Gefen E.  (2016) An experimental evolution study confirms that discontinuous gas exchange does not contribute to body water conservation in locusts. Biol. Lett. 12: p. 20160807-20160807 (abstract)

  •   Amichay G., Ariel G. and Ayali A. (2016) The effects of changing topography on the coordinated marching of locust nymphs.  PeerJ 4:e2742; DOI10.7717/peerj.2742

  •   Segal G., Moshaiov A., Amichay G. and Ayali A. (2016) Neuro-fuzzy learning of locust's marching in a swarm. IEEE Xplore, 2016 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2016, pp. 1208-1215. doi: 10.1109/IJCNN.2016.7727335

  •   Gvirsman O., Kosa G., and Ayali A. (2016) Dynamics and stability of directional jumps in the desert locust. PeerJ 4:e2481

  •   David I., Holmes P., and Ayali A. (2016) Endogenous rhythm and pattern generating circuit interactions in cockroach motor centres. Biol. Open, 5:1229-1240  doi:10.1242/bio.018705


  •   Talal S., Ayali A, and Gefen E.  (2015) Discontinuous-gas-exchange-cycle characteristics are differentially affected by hydration state and energy metabolism in gregarious and solitarious desert locusts. J. Exp. Biol. 218: 3807-3815 (Abstract)

  •   Ariel G. and Ayali A. (2015) Locust collective motion and its modeling. PLoS Comput Biol 11(12): e1004522. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004522

  •   Zaitsev V., Gvirsman O., Ben Hanan U., Weiss A., Ayali A. and Kosa G. (2015) A locust-inspired miniature jumping robot. Bioinspir. Biomim. 10: 066012  doi:10.1088/1748-3190/10/6/066012

  •   Ayali A., Borgmann A., Bschges A., Couzin-Fuchs E., Daun-Gruhn S, and Holmes P. (2015) The comparative investigation of the stick insect and cockroach models in the study of insect locomotion. Curr. Opin. Insect Sci. 12:1–10 (Abstract)

  •   Huang S-P., Talal S., Ayali A, and Gefen E. (2015) The effect of discontinuous gas exchange on respiratory water loss in grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acrididae) varies across an aridity gradient . J. Exp. Biol. 218: 2510-2517 (Abstract)  See also: DGC not necessarily saving water Inside JEB

  •   Couzin-Fuchs E., Gal O., Holmes P. and Ayali A. (2015) Differential control of temporal and spatial aspects of cockroach leg coordination. J. Insect Physiol. 79: 96-104 (Abstract)

  •   Ayali A., Couzin-Fuchs E., David I., Gal O., Holmes P. and Knebel D. (2015) Sensory feedback in cockroach locomotion: current knowledge and open questions. J. Comp. Physiol. A. 201(9): 841-850 (Abstract)

  •   Couzin-Fuchs E., Kiemel T., Gal O., Ayali A. and Holmes P. (2015) Intersegmental coupling and recovery from perturbations in freely-running cockroaches. J. Exp. Biol. 218:285-297  (Abstract)

  •   de Santos-Sierra D., Sendiña-Nadal I., Leyva I., Almendral J.A., Ayali A., Anava S., Sánchez-Ávila C., Boccaletti S. (2015) Graph-based unsupervised segmentation algorithm for cultured neuronal networks' structure characterization and modeling. Cytometry. doi: 10.1002/cyto.a.22591.

  •   Cattan A., Ayali A. and Barnea A. (2015) The cell birth marker BrdU does not affect recruitment of subsequent cell divisions in the adult avian brain. BioMed Res. Intern.  2015: 126078. doi:10.1155/2015/126078

  •   Saad Y., Segal D. and Ayali A. (2015) Enhanced neurite outgrowth and branching precede increased amyloid-beta-induced neuronal apoptosis in an in-vitro Alzheimer's model. J. Alz. Dis. 43:993-1006 (Abstract)

  •   Zaitsev V., Gvirsman O., Ben Hanan U., Weiss A., Ayali A. and Kosa, G., (2015) IROS Hamburg 2015 - Conference Digest: IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 553-558 6 p. 7353426. (IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems; vol. 2015-December).

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