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Diversity of bacteria and invertebrates and its influence on the structure of the communities of litter ants in areas of Atlantic Rainforest


The litter of the tropical forests is pointed as an environment of high morphologic and functional diversity; models that explain this diversity must help to understand the processes that structuralize the diversity in tropical forests, being able to collaborate in programs of recovery and management. During the studies related to processes FAPESP N. 98/14509-0 and N. 05/58556-8, we evidenced the existence of one high variability of species of ants in the litter in areas of Atlantic Rainforest. Several reports argue the causes of this variation, therefore the ants are important elements for the structure: of the organization of litter communities; however, an analysis including Bacteria and others invertebrates of the trophic net in the litter wasn't tested yet for the tropical Biome. The present project considers the study, to construct causal models of the factors that determine the richness and composition of litter ants. To reach this objective, we intend to determine the richness and abundance of other selected invertebrates, the richness of bacteria and the structure of the litter. The selected areas for the accomplishment of the project belong to the Itapeti Mountain Range, a dense rainforest hardly known in relation to the fauna, flora and microbiota. We expect that the results allow the elaboration of general elucidative models about litter trophic structure in tropical forests, beyond supplying information about the diversity of species that could be used in programs of conservation of the region. (AU)

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FERNANDES, T. T.; SILVA, R. R.; SOUZA-CAMPANA, D. R.; SILVA, N. S.; SILVA, O. G. M.; MORINI, M. S. C.. Occurrence of Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in both Leaf Litter and Twigs in Atlantic Forest. Sociobiology, v. 67, n. 2, p. 163-172, . (10/50294-2, 13/16861-5, 10/50973-7)
MARTELLO, FELIPE; DE BELLO, FRANCESCO; DE CASTRO MORINI, MARIA SANTINA; SILVA, ROGERIO R.; DE SOUZA-CAMPANA, DEBORA RODRIGES; RIBEIRO, MILTON CEZAR; CARMONA, CARLOS P.. Homogenization and impoverishment of taxonomic and functional diversity of ants in Eucalyptus plantations. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 8, . (10/50294-2, 15/05126-8, 10/50973-7, 13/50421-2)
FERNANDES, T. T.; SOUZA-CAMPANA, D. R.; SILVA, R. R.; MORINI, M. S. C.. Ants that Frequently Colonize Twigs in the Leaf Litter of Different Vegetation Habitats. Sociobiology, v. 65, n. 2, p. 340-344, . (13/16861-5, 10/50294-2, 10/50973-7)
DE SOUZA-CAMPANA, DEBORA RODRIGUES; SILVA, ROGERIO R.; FERNANDES, TAE TANAAMI; DE MORAIS SILVA, OTAVIO GUILHERME; SAAD, LUIZA PAINE; DE CASTRO MORINI, MARIA SANTINA. Twigs in the Leaf Litter as Ant Habitats in Different Vegetation Habitats in Southeastern Brazil. TROPICAL CONSERVATION SCIENCE, v. 10, . (13/16861-5, 10/50294-2, 10/50973-7)
CLAUDIA TIEMI WAZEMA; VICTOR HIDEKI NAGATANI; DÉBORA RODRIGUES DE SOUZA-CAMPANA; FABRÍCIO SEVERO MAGALHÃES; RICARDO SARTORELLO; MARIA SANTINA DE CASTRO MORINI. O que diferentes paisagens da Floresta Atlântica nos mostram sobre a ocorrência de Discothyrea Roger, 1863 (Formicidae: Proceratiinae)?. Biota Neotropica, v. 20, n. 4, . (14/50280-2, 10/50973-7, 10/50294-2)

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