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Sustainable use and conservation of bees as pollinators in Brazil: the use of pollen as a source of ecological information

Grant number: 10/10285-4
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: September 01, 2010 - August 31, 2012
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology
Principal Investigator:Carlos Alberto Garofalo
Grantee:Carlos Alberto Garofalo
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Cláudia Inês da Silva ; Milton Groppo Júnior ; Vera Lucia Imperatriz-Fonseca


The development of this proposal, in addition to its importance for the PG in Entomology, providing improvement and consolidation of several lines of research, produce, also provide important technological advances necessary for the use of bee species on a large scale as more a tool available for the conservation of natural areas and our agriculture. Among the pollinators, bees are among the most important in natural ecosystems and agro-ecosystems, especially the ease in their management, in addition to being specialized for many types of flowers and there are many species worldwide. The identification of the plants that keep the bees became very important for the development of management plans and conservation in areas of native vegetation and cultivated areas, which could minimize the impacts caused by human actions. More than simply drawing up lists of species viewed and / or pollinated, it is also necessary to analyze the patterns of use of plants in the diet of the bees in a spatio-temporal scale. In this context, the pollen analysis is an important tool to define quantitative and qualitative parameters that may help: in assessing the extent of their feeding bees in determining patterns of choice of key species and understanding the networks of interactions that take place between bee species and plant species in a given ecosystem. The organization of such data from such techniques and parameters for network analysis of interactions can help to characterize some of the properties of these interactions and their consequences for conservation actions bees and other pollinators. (AU)

Scientific publications (7)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
LIMA, R.; MOURE-OLIVEIRA, D.; GAROFALO, C. A. Interaction Network and Niche Analysis of Natural Enemy Communities and their Host Bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) in fragments of Cerrado and Atlantic Forest. Sociobiology, v. 65, n. 4, SI, p. 591-602, OCT 2018. Web of Science Citations: 2.
DA SILVA, CLAUDIA INES; HIROTSU, CAROLINA MAYUMI; PACHECO FILHO, ALIPIO JOSE DE SUZA; QUEIROZ, ELISA PEREIRA; GAROFALO, CARLOS ALBERTO. Is the maximum reproductive rate of Centris analis (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Centridini) associated with floral resource availability?. ARTHROPOD-PLANT INTERACTIONS, v. 11, n. 3, SI, p. 389-402, JUN 2017. Web of Science Citations: 5.
ALEIXO, KATIA PAULA; MENEZES, CRISTIANO; IMPERATRIZ FONSECA, VERA LUCIA; DA SILVA, CLAUDIA INES. Seasonal availability of floral resources and ambient temperature shape stingless bee foraging behavior (Scaptotrigona aff. depilis). Apidologie, v. 48, n. 1, p. 117-127, FEB 2017. Web of Science Citations: 9.
DA SILVA, CLAUDIA INES; DO NASCIMENTO CASTRO, MAURICIO MEIRELLES; DOS SANTOS, ISABEL ALVES; GAROFALO, CARLOS ALBERTO. High prevalence of Miconia chamissois (Melastomataceae) pollen in brood cell provisions of the orchid bee Euglossa townsendi in So Paulo State, Brazil. Apidologie, v. 47, n. 6, p. 855-866, NOV 2016. Web of Science Citations: 0.
ALEIXO, KATIA PAULA; DE FARIA, LETICIA BIRAL; GROPPO, MILTON; DO NASCIMENTO CASTRO, MAURICIO MEIRELLES; DA SILVA, CLAUDIA INES. Spatiotemporal distribution of floral resources in a Brazilian city: Implications for the maintenance of pollinators, especially bees. URBAN FORESTRY & URBAN GREENING, v. 13, n. 4, p. 689-696, 2014. Web of Science Citations: 10.
ALEIXO, K. P.; DE FARIA, L. B.; GAROFALO, C. A.; IMPERATRIZ FONSECA, V. L.; DA SILVA, C. I. Pollen Collected and Foragin g Activities of Frieseomelitta varia (Lepeletier) (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in an Urban Landscape. Sociobiology, v. 60, n. 3, p. 266-276, SEP 2013. Web of Science Citations: 12.
CASTRO, M. M. N.; GAROFALO, C. A.; SERRANO, J. C.; SILVA, C. I. Temporal variation in the Abundance of Orchid Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in a Neotropical Hygrophilous Forest. Sociobiology, v. 60, n. 4, p. 405-412, 2013. Web of Science Citations: 2.

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