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Bee population genetics and the extinction vortex of the Hymenoptera

Grant number: 11/21501-2
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: May 01, 2012 - October 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Genetics - Animal Genetics
Principal Investigator:Marco Antonio Del Lama
Grantee:Marco Antonio Del Lama
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers:Alexandra Sanches ; Carlos Alberto Garofalo ; Celso Feitosa Martins ; Murilo Sergio Drummond


Bees share haplodiploidy and sex determination mechanisms with others hymenopterans. Such traits limit the effective population size and this reduction is more intense in eusocial species. Furthermore, colony fission mode of social bees and nest reuse or nesting behavior close to the home site by solitary females restrict gene flow and cause high population viscosity. This work aims to test the hypothesis that the biology of some bee species determines high levels of genetic structure when assessed from mitochondrial genes, but strong, weak or absent genetic structuring for nuclear genes according to the dispersion capability of the males of these species (females are colonizers, males are dispersers). To validate such hypothesis, mitochondrial genes of adult females of the tribes Meliponini, Euglossini, and Centridini will be analyzed in order to estimate the number of female lineages which originated the resident populations on the studied areas. In addition, through the use of microsatellites, we will ascertain the role of males on the promotion of the gene flow among populations. Based on the diagnosis of the populational genetic health, it will be possible to determine the risks of the suggested extinction "vortex" of bees due to the changes in the environment, as well as to delineate conservation strategies and their sustainable use in pollination programs. (AU)

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ANDRADE, M. A. P.; PEDRO, S. R. M.; CARDOSO, P. F. M.; MIRANDA, E. A.; DEL LAMA, M. A.; SILVA, M.. First record of the occurrence of Partamona ailyae Camargo (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in Atlantic Forest. Sociobiology, v. 64, n. 3, p. 363-365, . (11/21501-2, 12/23342-1)
FREIRIA, GABRIELE ANTICO; DA ROCHA-FILHO, LEO CORREIA; DEL LAMA, MARCO ANTONIO; GAROFALO, CARLOS ALBERTO. Surrounded by foes: Parasitism in Euglossa spp. (Apidae, Euglossini) caused by six species of natural enemies. JOURNAL OF APICULTURAL RESEARCH, v. 56, n. 3, p. 255-261, . (11/21501-2, 11/13363-9)
FREIRIA, GABRIELE ANTICO; GAROFALO, CARLOS ALBERTO; DEL LAMA, MARCO ANTONIO. The primitively social behavior of Euglossa cordata (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Euglossini): a view from the perspective of kin selection theory and models of reproductive skew. Apidologie, v. 48, n. 4, p. 523-532, . (11/21501-2, 11/13363-9)
LUNA-LUCENA, DANIELLE; MOURE-OLIVEIRA, DIEGO; FERREIRA, KATIA M.; LUCENA, DAERCIO A. A.; GAROFALO, CARLOS A.; MORAES, EVANDRO M.; DEL LAMA, MARCO A.. High mitochondrial DNA diversity and lack of population structure in a solitary cavity-nesting bee in an urban landscape. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, v. 121, n. 3, p. 564-575, . (11/21501-2)
DESSI, MARIANA C.; FRANCO, FERNANDO F.; CARDOSO, TECAVITA A. R.; FERREIRA, KATIA M.; BERGAMO, LUANA W.; CAMPOS, LUCIO A. O.; DEL LAMA, MARCO A.. The role of sex-biased dispersion in promoting mitonuclear discordance in Partamona helleri (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Meliponini). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, v. 136, n. 3, p. 13-pg., . (11/21501-2, 04/15801-0)
MIRANDA, ELDER ASSIS; BATALHA-FILHO, HENRIQUE; CONGRAINS, CARLOS; CARVALHO, ANTONIO FREIRE; FERREIRA, KATIA MARIA; DEL LAMA, MARCO ANTONIO. Phylogeography of Partamona rustica (Hymenoptera, Apidae), an Endemic Stingless Bee from the Neotropical Dry Forest Diagonal. PLoS One, v. 11, n. 10, . (11/21501-2, 12/23342-1)
MIRANDA, E. A.; CARVALHO, A. F.; ANDRADE-SILVA, A. C. R.; SILVA, C. I.; DEL LAMA, M. A.. Natural history and biogeography of Partamona rustica, an endemic bee in dry forests of Brazil. Insectes Sociaux, v. 62, n. 3, p. 255-263, . (11/21501-2, 12/23342-1, 11/13391-2)
CARVALHO, ANTONIO F.; DEL LAMA, MARCO ANTONIO. Predicting priority areas for conservation from historical climate modelling: stingless bees from Atlantic Forest hotspot as a case study. Journal of Insect Conservation, v. 19, n. 3, p. 581-587, . (11/21501-2, 13/04317-9, 11/13391-2)
OLIVEIRA E SILVA, VINICIUS; FRANCOY, TIAGO MAURICIO; MIRANDA, ELDER ASSIS; OI, CINTIA AKEMI; FERREIRA, KATIA MARIA; DEL LAMA, MARCO ANTONIO. Geometric morphometrics discriminates Eastern and Western populations of Partamona rustica (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Meliponini) separated by the Sao Francisco River. JOURNAL OF APICULTURAL RESEARCH, v. N/A, p. 8-pg., . (11/21501-2, 12/23342-1, 19/14363-4)
CARVALHO, ANTONIO F.; MENEZES, RODOLPHO S. T.; MIRANDA, ELDER A.; COSTA, MARCO A.; DEL LAMA, MARCO A.. Comparative phylogeography and palaeomodelling reveal idiosyncratic responses to climate changes in Neotropical paper wasps. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, v. 132, n. 4, p. 955-969, . (15/02432-0, 11/21501-2, 12/23342-1, 11/13391-2, 13/04317-9)
MIRANDA, ELDER ASSIS; FERREIRA, KATIE MARIA; CARVALHO, AIRTON TORRES; MARTINS, CELSO FEITOSA; FERNANDES, CARLO RIVERO; DEL LAMA, MARCO ANTONIO. Pleistocene climate changes shaped the population structure of Partamona seridoensis (Apidae, Meliponini), an endemic stingless bee from the Neotropical dry forest. PLoS One, v. 12, n. 4, . (11/21501-2, 12/23342-1)
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, . (11/21501-2, 12/23342-1, 10/19490-0, 10/10027-5)
CARVALHO, ANTONIO F.; DEL LAMA, MARCO ANTONIO. Predicting priority areas for conservation from historical climate modelling: stingless bees from Atlantic Forest hotspot as a case study. JOURNAL OF INSECT CONSERVATION, v. 19, n. 3, p. 7-pg., . (13/04317-9, 11/21501-2, 11/13391-2)

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