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Evaluation of the potential of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) as bioaccumulators of heavy metals

Grant number: 06/52409-6
Support type:BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Regular Research Grants
Duration: August 01, 2007 - July 31, 2009
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology
Principal Investigator:André Fernando de Oliveira
Grantee:André Fernando de Oliveira
Home Institution: Pró-Reitoria de Pesquisa, Pós-Graduação e Extensão. Universidade de Mogi das Cruzes (UMC). Mogi das Cruzes , SP, Brazil


Based on the indices observed in the studies already undertaken by our group, the potential of two species of ant will be evaluated (Camponotus rufipes and Solenopsis saevissima) as bioaccumulators of metals which originate from anthropic activities. In this project, we will study the alterations in the distribution of the profile of the metals, the size and richness of these species along a cross-section composed of regions of different anthropic impact, but under the influence of the same microclimate. The cross-section extends from the region contaminated by metals (an old scrap metal ironworks), a park visited by the public, the main route for trucks in the city of Mogi das Cruzes, regions of moderate urbanization up to the Atlantic Rainforest. The distribution of metals in the soil, plants and nests will also be evaluated. (AU)

Scientific publications
(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)
DE SOUZA, D. R.; DOS SANTOS, S. G.; MUNHAE, C. DE B.; MORINI, M. S. DE C. Diversity of Epigeal Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Urban Areas of Alto Tiete. Sociobiology, v. 59, n. 3, p. 703-717, 2012. Web of Science Citations: 3.

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