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Behavioural mediation, chemical signalisation and physiological aspects regulating the social organization in hymenopterans

Grant number: 10/10027-5
Support type:Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants
Duration: October 01, 2010 - November 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Animal Behavior
Principal Investigator:Fábio Santos do Nascimento
Grantee:Fábio Santos do Nascimento
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Ivelize Cunha Tannure-Nascimento ; Ronaldo Zucchi ; Sulene Noriko Shima ; Tiago Mauricio Francoy
Associated grant(s):11/23374-8 - Behavioral mediators of social organization in social Hymenoptera: nest defense in Jataí stingless bees, Tetragonisca angustula, AV.EXT
11/21084-2 - A behavioral study of intraspecific queen parasitism in Melipona stingless bees using radio frequency identification tags, AV.EXT
Associated scholarship(s):12/16716-2 - Do reproductive workers invade conspecific nests of Scaptotrigona depilis (Apidae, Meliponini)?, BP.IC
10/19490-0 - Genetic and socio-ethological structure of Euglossa melanotricha Moure, 1967 (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Euglossini) mediated by chemical signalling and intra-colonial kinship relationships, BP.DR
10/19449-0 - Population dynamics, genetic structure, and cuticular chemistry of Euglossini in fragments of Caatinga and Atlantic Rainforest of Sergipe, Brazil, BP.DR
10/19717-4 - Intraspecific social parasitism as a reproductive strategy in stingless bees (Apidae, Meliponini), BP.PD

Abstract

Colonies of social insects are highly cooperative. However, conflict of reproductive interests among non-clonal societies are common. Colonies headed by a singly-mated females, for example, kin selection theory predicts the existence of matrifilial conflicts on the male production and sex allocation. Reproductive conflicts may reduce the fitness of colonies. Therefore, in different groups, it is expected the evolution of reproductive estrategies of manipulation and counter-manipulation by the groups involved in the conflicts, so that the maintenance of eusociality can be explained. Indeed, ants, wasps and social bees provide several genetic systems whose are good models to test predictions of the kin selection. Thus, this project aims to study the intrinsic mecanisms that social wasps, ants and stingless bees evolved to regulated their colonies. The use of inovative experimental techniques and behavioral observations integrating molecular analysis and chemical ecology will provide significant information about the social organization in hymenopterans. (AU)

Articles published in Agência FAPESP Newsletter about the research grant
Stingless bees have specialized guards to defend their colonies 
"Political" bees grant reproductive concessions to selected subordinates 
Specific odor resembles "chemical bar code" for bees, wasps and ants 
Suicide attacks by stingless bees protect colony  
Articles published in Pesquisa FAPESP Magazine about the research grant:
Stranger in the nest 

Scientific publications (24)
(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)
VALADARES, L.; NASCIMENTO, F. S. Social Carrying and Defensive Behavior During Colony Emigration the in Leaf-cutting Ant &ITAtta sexdens&IT. Sociobiology, v. 64, n. 4, p. 492-494, DEC 2017. Web of Science Citations: 0.
VALADARES, L.; DO NASCIMENTO, F. S. Changes in the cuticular hydrocarbon profile associated with the molting cycle correlate with the hydrocarbon profile of the fungus cultivated by the ant Atta sexdens. Insectes Sociaux, v. 64, n. 4, p. 591-596, NOV 2017. Web of Science Citations: 1.
KUDO, KAZUYUKI; OLIVEIRA, LUCAS A.; MATEUS, SIDNEI; ZUCCHI, RONALDO; NASCIMENTO, FABIO S. Nestmate larval discrimination by workers in the swarm-founding wasp Polybia paulista. ETHOLOGY ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, v. 29, n. 2, p. 170-180, 2017. Web of Science Citations: 1.
VALADARES, LOHAN; DO NASCIMENTO, FABIO SANTOS. Chemical cuticular signature of leafcutter ant Atta sexdens (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) worker subcastes. Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, v. 60, n. 4, p. 308-311, OCT-DEC 2016. Web of Science Citations: 1.
ANDRADE, ALINE C. R.; MIRANDA, ELDER A.; DEL LAMA, MARCO A.; NASCIMENTO, FABIO S. Reproductive concessions between related and unrelated members promote eusociality in bees. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 6, MAY 23 2016. Web of Science Citations: 8.
VON ZUBEN, L. G.; SCHORKOPF, D. L. P.; ELIAS, L. G.; VAZ, A. L. L.; FAVARIS, A. P.; CLOSOSKI, G. C.; BENTO, J. M. S.; NUNES, T. M. Interspecific chemical communication in raids of the robber bee Lestrimelitta limao. Insectes Sociaux, v. 63, n. 2, p. 339-347, MAY 2016. Web of Science Citations: 4.
HAMMEL, BENEDIKT; VOLLET-NETO, AYRTON; MENEZES, CRISTIANO; NASCIMENTO, FABIO S.; ENGELS, WOLF; GRUETER, CHRISTOPH. Soldiers in a Stingless Bee: Work Rate and Task Repertoire Suggest They Are an Elite Force. American Naturalist, v. 187, n. 1, p. 120-129, JAN 2016. Web of Science Citations: 11.
DOS SANTOS, ALINE BORBA; DO NASCIMENTO, FABIO SANTOS. Cuticular Hydrocarbons of Orchid Bees Males: Interspecific and Chemotaxonomy Variation. PLoS One, v. 10, n. 12 DEC 29 2015. Web of Science Citations: 3.
PATALANO, SOLENN; VLASOVA, ANNA; WYATT, CHRIS; EWELS, PHILIP; CAMARA, FRANCISCO; FERREIRAB, PEDRO G.; ASHER, CLAIRE L.; JURKOWSKI, TOMASZ P.; SEGONDS-PICHON, ANNE; BACHMAN, MARTIN; GONZALEZ-NAVARRETE, IRENE; MINOCHE, ANDRE E.; KRUEGER, FELIX; LOWY, ERNESTO; MARCET-HOUBEN, MARINA; RODRIGUEZ-ALES, JOSE LUIS; NASCIMENTO, FABIO S.; BALASUBRAMANIAN, SHANKAR; GABALDON, TONI; TARVER, JAMES E.; ANDREWS, SIMON; HIMMELBAUER, HEINZ; HUGHES, WILLIAM O. H.; GUIGO, RODERIC; REIK, WOLF; SUMNER, SEIRIAN. Molecular signatures of plastic phenotypes in two eusocial insect species with simple societies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, v. 112, n. 45, p. 13970-13975, NOV 10 2015. Web of Science Citations: 71.
DOS SANTOS, C. F.; FERREIRA-CALIMAN, M. J.; NASCIMENTO, F. S. An Alien in the Group: Eusocial Male Bees Sharing Nonspecific Reproductive Aggregations. JOURNAL OF INSECT SCIENCE, v. 15, OCT 30 2015. Web of Science Citations: 1.
RIBEIRO ANDRADE-SILVA, ALINE CANDIDA; NASCIMENTO, FABIO SANTOS. Reproductive regulation in an orchid bee: social context, fertility and chemical signalling. ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, v. 106, p. 43-49, AUG 2015. Web of Science Citations: 7.
BARBOSA MARTINS, LUIZA CARLA; DO NASCIMENTO, FABIO SANTOS; GUIDETTI CAMPOS, MARIA CLAUDIA; LIMA, ERALDO RODRIGUES; ZANUNCIO, JOSE COLA; SERRO, JOSE EDUARDO. Chemical composition of the intramandibular glands of the ant Neoponera villosa (Fabricius, 1804) (Hymenoptera: Ponerinae). Chemoecology, v. 25, n. 1, p. 25-31, FEB 2015. Web of Science Citations: 0.
FERREIRA-CALIMAN, MARIA JULIANA; RIBEIRO ANDRADE-SILVA, ALINE CANDIDA; GUIDETTI-CAMPOS, MARIA CLAUDIA; CASANOVA TURATTI, IZABEL CRISTINA; DO NASCIMENTO, FABIO SANTOS; LOPES, NORBERTO PEPORINE. A non-lethal SPME method for insect cuticular analysis by GC-MS. ANALYTICAL METHODS, v. 6, n. 21, p. 8823-8828, NOV 7 2014. Web of Science Citations: 6.
GRAINGER, DANIEL P.; ASHER, CLAIRE L.; JONES, JULIA C.; NASCIMENTO, FABIO S.; SUMNER, SEIRIAN; HUGHES, WILLIAM O. H. A Novel Method of Assessing Dominance Hierarchies Shows Nuance, Linearity and Stability in the Dinosaur Ant Dinoponera quadriceps. Ethology, v. 120, n. 11, p. 1073-1080, NOV 2014. Web of Science Citations: 1.
KELSTRUP, HANS C.; HARTFELDER, KLAUS; NASCIMENTO, FABIO S.; RIDDIFORD, LYNN M. Reproductive status, endocrine physiology and chemical signaling in the Neotropical, swarm-founding eusocial wasp Polybia micans. Journal of Experimental Biology, v. 217, n. 13, p. 2399-2410, JUL 2014. Web of Science Citations: 16.
DE SOUZA, ANDRE RODRIGUES; MOURAO JUNIOR, CARLOS ALBERTO; DO NASCIMENTO, FABIO SANTOS; LINO-NETO, JOSE. Sexy Faces in a Male Paper Wasp. PLoS One, v. 9, n. 5 MAY 21 2014. Web of Science Citations: 15.
FERREIRA-CALIMAN, MARIA J.; FALCON, TIAGO; MATEUS, SIDNEI; ZUCCHI, RONALDO; NASCIMENTO, FABIO S. Chemical identity of recently emerged workers, males, and queens in the stingless bee Melipona marginata. Apidologie, v. 44, n. 6, p. 657-665, NOV 2013. Web of Science Citations: 7.
VAN OYSTAEYEN, ANNETTE; ALVES, DENISE ARAUJO; OLIVEIRA, RICARDO CALIARI; DO NASCIMENTO, DANIELA LIMA; DO NASCIMENTO, FABIO SANTOS; BILLEN, JOHAN; WENSELEERS, TOM. Sneaky queens in Melipona bees selectively detect and infiltrate queenless colonies. ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, v. 86, n. 3, p. 603-609, SEP 2013. Web of Science Citations: 9.
COUVILLON, MARGARET J.; SEGERS, FRANCISCA H. I. D.; COOPER-BOWMAN, ROSEANNE; TRUSLOVE, GEMMA; NASCIMENTO, DANIELA L.; NASCIMENTO, FABIO S.; RATNIEKS, FRANCIS L. W. Context affects nestmate recognition errors in honey bees and stingless bees. Journal of Experimental Biology, v. 216, n. 16, p. 3055-3061, AUG 2013. Web of Science Citations: 12.
NASCIMENTO, FABIO S.; TANNURE-NASCIMENTO, IVELIZE C.; DANTAS, JOSE O.; TURATTI, IZABEL C.; LOPES, NORBERTO PEPORINE. Task-Related Variation of Cuticular Hydrocarbon Profiles Affect Nestmate Recognition in the Giant ant Dinoponera quadriceps. Journal of Insect Behavior, v. 26, n. 2, p. 212-222, MAR 2013. Web of Science Citations: 2.
NASCIMENTO, D. L.; NASCIMENTO, F. S. Acceptance Threshold Hypothesis is Supported by Chemical Similarity of Cuticular Hydrocarbons in a Stingless Bee, Melipona asilvai. Journal of Chemical Ecology, v. 38, n. 11, p. 1432-1440, NOV 2012. Web of Science Citations: 10.
FERREIRA-CALIMAN, M. J.; TURATTI, I. C. C.; LOPES, N. P.; ZUCCHI, R.; NASCIMENTO, F. S. Analysis of Insect Cuticular Compounds by Non-lethal Solid Phase Micro Extraction with Styrene-Divinylbenzene Copolymers. Journal of Chemical Ecology, v. 38, n. 4, p. 418-426, APR 2012. Web of Science Citations: 8.
ANDRADE E SILVA, ALINE CANDIDA RIBEIRO; NASCIMENTO, FABIO SANTOS. Multifemale nests and social behavior in Euglossa melanotricha (Hymenoptera,Apidae, Euglossini). JOURNAL OF HYMENOPTERA RESEARCH, v. 26, p. 1-16, 2012. Web of Science Citations: 12.
CAMPOS, MARIA CLAUDIA G.; CAMPOS, MARIA LUCIA G.; TURATTI, IZABEL C.; NASCIMENTO, FABIO S. Cuticular Hydrocarbon Variation of Castes and Sex in the Weaver Ant Camponotus textor (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology, v. 59, n. 3, p. 1025-1036, 2012. Web of Science Citations: 3.

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