Summary: A behavioral change that results in an organism moving or orienting toward or away from the light source.

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  1. Hader D, Iseki M. Photomovement in Euglena. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2017;979:207-235 pubmed publisher
    ..They respond to light with photophobic responses, photokinesis and phototaxis, all of which can result in accumulations of the organisms in suitable habitats...
  2. Voigt C, Roeleke M, Marggraf L, Petersons G, Voigt Heucke S. Migratory bats respond to artificial green light with positive phototaxis. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0177748 pubmed publisher
    ..migratory bats were not attracted to artificial green light because of high insect densities, but instead by positive phototaxis. We conclude that artificial light at night may potentially impact bat migration in a yet unrecognized way.
  3. Chau R, Bhaya D, Huang K. Emergent Phototactic Responses of Cyanobacteria under Complex Light Regimes. MBio. 2017;8: pubmed publisher
    ..When light signals were simultaneously presented from different directions, cells exhibited phototaxis along the vector sum of the light directions, indicating that cells can sense and combine multiple signals into ..
  4. Vale P. Influence of static magnetic fields in phototaxis and osmotic stress in Gymnodinium catenatum (Dinophyceae). Gen Physiol Biophys. 2017;36:235-245 pubmed publisher
    b>Phototaxis response of the toxic microalgae Gymnodinium catenatum was studied in vitro. The percentage of cells remaining at mid-depth 20 min after stirring increased with solar radio, X-ray and solar flares output...
  5. Hironaka M, Kamura T, Osada M, Sasaki R, Shinoda K, Hariyama T, et al. Adults of Lasioderma serricorne and Stegobium paniceum (Anobiidae: Coleoptera) Are Attracted to Ultraviolet (UV) Over Blue Light LEDs. J Econ Entomol. 2017;110:1911-1915 pubmed publisher
    ..The results showed that these beetles were significantly more attracted to UV than blue-light LED traps, indicating the UV-LED trap is a powerful tool to monitor these two pest species. ..
  6. Schmid R, Snyder D, Cohnstaedt L, McCornack B. Hessian Fly (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) Attraction to Different Wavelengths and Intensities of Light-Emitting Diodes in the Laboratory. Environ Entomol. 2017;46:895-900 pubmed publisher
    ..Leveraging these results into new trap designs will add a second sensory modality to the existing trap; however, future studies are needed to assess attraction to LED traps under field conditions. ..
  7. Zhao W, Gong C, Ouyang Z, Wang P, Wang J, Zhou P, et al. Turns with multiple and single head cast mediate Drosophila larval light avoidance. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0181193 pubmed publisher
    ..Here by analyzing larval behavior in a light-spot-based phototaxis assay, we showed that, in addition to turns with a single cast (1-cast), turns with multiple head casts (n-cast) ..
  8. Tadeo E, Muñiz E, Rull J, Yee W, Aluja M, Lasa R. Development of a Low-Cost and Effective Trapping Device for Apple Maggot Fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) Monitoring and Control in Mexican Commercial Hawthorn Groves. J Econ Entomol. 2017;110:1658-1667 pubmed publisher
    ..These trials open the door for future research into development of a conventional nonadherent trap to monitor or control R. pomonella. ..