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Studies on Neotropical ants: interactions with herbivorous insects, behavioral ecology and social organization

Grant number: 11/18580-8
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: January 01, 2012 - December 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Animal Behavior
Principal Investigator:Paulo Sergio Moreira Carvalho de Oliveira
Grantee:Paulo Sergio Moreira Carvalho de Oliveira
Host Institution: Instituto de Biologia (IB). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil

Abstract

This project involves the main research avenues currently developed by our group in ant ecology: ecology of interspecific interactions, and behavioral ecology. These research areas were expanded and strengthened through active collaborations that we maintain with other institutions in Brazil and abroad. The diversity of research topics studied by our group has increased in past few years, as evidenced by our publications with variable groups of collaborators. The studies in this general project are distributed among six subprojects in the fields of ecology of interspecific interactions and behavioral ecology. Some of the subprojects are part of Master or Doctoral theses currently developed by our students at the Ecology Graduate Program of UNICAMP. One study is a joint research with the Paul Sabatier University (Toulouse, France) in the FAPESP/CNRS Program. Part I - Behavioral ecology in ant-plant-herbivore systems. Study A - Multitrophic systems involving lepidopterans, ants and plants in Cerrado: An approach using stable isotopes.Study B - The exploitation of an ant-plant mutualism by Medetera (Dolichopodidae, Diptera).Study C - Host plant choice by Parrhasius polibetes (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) and co-occurrence with myrmecophilous hemipterans: The effect of visual and olfactory cues. Part II - Ecology, behavior, and social organization of ants. Study A - Natural history, behavior and ecology of Camponotus rufipes and Camponotus renggeri (Formicidae: Formicinae): A comparative study. Study B - Ecology, behavior and natural history of large ants in the Poneroid e Ectatomminoid groups in Cerrado. Study C - Facultative polygyny and social structure in the arboreal ant Odontomachus hastatus (Formicidae: Ponerinae): Ecology and geographic variation. The purpose of this research proposal is to obtain financial support to improve the infrastructure of our laboratory, most especially our optical equipment that needs renewal in view of our current necessities. We also request resources for field work. (AU)

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Scientific publications (19)
(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)
VIDAL, MAYRA C.; SENDOYA, SEBASTIAN F.; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Mutualism exploitation: predatory drosophilid larvae sugar-trap ants and jeopardize facultative ant-plant mutualism. ECOLOGY, v. 97, n. 7, p. 1650-1657, . (12/23671-5, 14/23141-1, 10/13619-0, 12/23399-3, 11/18580-8)
SENDOYA, SEBASTIAN F.; BLUETHGEN, NICO; TAMASHIRO, JORGE Y.; FERNANDEZ, FERNANDO; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Foliage-dwelling ants in a neotropical savanna: effects of plant and insect exudates on ant communities. ARTHROPOD-PLANT INTERACTIONS, v. 10, n. 3, p. 183-195, . (12/23671-5, 14/23141-1, 12/23399-3, 11/18580-8)
SENDOYA, SEBASTIAN F.; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Ant-caterpillar antagonism at the community level: interhabitat variation of tritrophic interactions in a neotropical savanna. Journal of Animal Ecology, v. 84, n. 2, p. 442-452, . (12/23671-5, 12/23399-3, 11/18580-8)
VIDAL, MAYRA C.; SENDOYA, SEBASTIAN F.; YAMAGUCHI, LYDIA F.; KATO, MASSUO J.; OLIVEIRA, RAFAEL S.; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Natural History of a Sit-and-Wait Dipteran Predator That Uses Extrafloral Nectar as Prey Attractant. ENVIRONMENTAL ENTOMOLOGY, v. 47, n. 5, p. 1165-1172, . (12/23399-3, 14/23141-1, 11/18580-8, 10/13619-0, 17/16645-1)
SENDOYA, SEBASTIAN F.; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Behavioural ecology of defence in a risky environment: caterpillars versus ants in a Neotropical savanna. ECOLOGICAL ENTOMOLOGY, v. 42, n. 5, p. 553-564, . (12/23671-5, 14/23141-1, 12/23399-3, 11/18580-8)
BIEBER, ANA GABRIELA D.; SILVA, PAULO S. D.; SENDOYA, SEBASTIAN F.; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Assessing the Impact of Deforestation of the Atlantic Rainforest on Ant-Fruit Interactions: A Field Experiment Using Synthetic Fruits. PLoS One, v. 9, n. 2, . (12/23671-5, 12/23399-3, 11/18580-8)
BIEBER, ANA GABRIELA D.; SILVA, PAULO S. D.; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Attractiveness of fallen fleshy fruits to ants depends on previous handling by frugivores. ECOSCIENCE, v. 20, n. 1, p. 85-89, . (11/18580-8)
CHRISTIANINI, ALEXANDER V.; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Edge effects decrease ant-derived benefits to seedlings in a neotropical savanna. ARTHROPOD-PLANT INTERACTIONS, v. 7, n. 2, p. 191-199, . (11/18580-8, 02/12895-8)
VIDAL, MAYRA C.; SILVA, ANA K.; SENDOYA, SEBASTIAN F.. Foraging preferences of ants on a heterogeneous Brazilian sandy shore habitat. ECOLOGICAL ENTOMOLOGY, v. 44, n. 2, p. 283-286, . (10/13619-0, 12/23399-3, 11/18580-8)
MUNIZ, DANILO G.; FREITAS, ANDRE V. L.; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Phenological relationships of Eunica bechina (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) and its host plant, Caryocar brasiliense (Caryocaraceae), in a Neotropical savanna. Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment, v. 47, n. 2, p. 111-118, . (11/18580-8, 11/50225-3)
CUQUETTO-LEITE, L.; DOLDER, H.; OLIVEIRA, P. S.; ESPIRITO SANTO, N. B.; LINO-NETO, J.; MANCINI, K. C.. Structural and ultrastructural characterization of the spermatozoa in Pachycondyla striata and P-marginata. Insectes Sociaux, v. 64, n. 2, p. 209-217, . (12/23671-5, 11/18580-8, 14/23141-1)
RONQUE, MARIANE U. V.; AZEVEDO-SILVA, MARIANNE; MORI, GUSTAVO M.; SOUZA, ANETE P.; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Three ways to distinguish species: using behavioural, ecological, and molecular data to tell apart two closely related ants, Camponotus renggeri and Camponotus rufipes (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, v. 176, n. 1, p. 170-181, . (12/23671-5, 12/08689-5, 14/23141-1, 11/04667-4, 13/08086-1, 11/18580-8, 08/52197-4)
AZEVEDO-SILVA, MARIANNE; MORI, GUSTAVO M.; SOUZA, ANETE P.; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Microsatellites for two Neotropical dominant ant species, Camponotus renggeri and C-rufipes (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). CONSERVATION GENETICS RESOURCES, v. 7, n. 2, p. 459-462, . (12/23671-5, 12/08689-5, 13/08086-1, 11/18580-8, 08/52197-4)
FREITAS, A. V. L.; MUNIZ, D. G.; CARREIRA, J. Y. O.; OLIVEIRA, P. S.. FRUIT-FEEDING BUTTERFLY ASSEMBLAGES IN A NEOTROPICAL SAVANNA: ASSESSING PHENOLOGICAL PATTERNS USING BAITED TRAPS. JOURNAL OF THE LEPIDOPTERISTS' SOCIETY, v. 75, n. 2, p. 88-103, . (12/50260-6, 09/02451-4, 14/50316-7, 14/23141-1, 17/16645-1, 11/50225-3, 13/50297-0, 11/18580-8)
RONQUE, MARIANE U. V.; AZEVEDO-SILVA, MARIANNE; MORI, GUSTAVO M.; SOUZA, ANETE P.; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Three ways to distinguish species: using behavioural, ecological, and molecular data to tell apart two closely related ants, Camponotus renggeri and Camponotus rufipes (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). ZOOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY, v. 176, n. 1, p. 12-pg., . (11/04667-4, 12/08689-5, 14/23141-1, 11/18580-8, 08/52197-4, 12/23671-5, 13/08086-1)

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