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Ecology of interactions, behavioral ecology, and genetics of neotropical ant populations


This project includes the main research areas currently being developed by our group on ecology of interspecific interactions, behavioral ecology, and genetics of populations, all of which having ants as focal organisms. These research topics were established and amplified through active collaborations with researchers from UNICAMP, as well as from other Brazilian institutions. The diversity of research topics developed by our group has grown in the past years, as seen by our recent publications with various groups of collaborators.The studies being proposed in the project are divided into four subprojects that belong to three wide areas of investigation by our group. The subprojects include Master and Doctoral research theses currently being developed by students of our group in the Ecology Graduate Program of UNICAMP. Two subprojects include active collaborations with research groups from the Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" (Rio Claro-SP) and from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas.The subprojects are the following:Part I - Ecology of ant-plant interactionsSubproject A - Interactions involving ants, flowers and flower visitors in cerrado vegetation: A case study with Byrsonima intermedia A. Juss. (Malpighiaceae)Subproject B - Secondary seed dispersal by ants in Siparuna guianensis (Siparunaceae) in cerrado vegetationPart II - Ecology, behavior, and microbiology of antsSubprojeto C - Behavioral ecology and microbiology of attine ants (Formicidae: Myrmicinae)Part III - Landscape genetics in cerrado ant populations Subproject D - Effects of landscape on genetic diversity of cerrado ants: A comparative study between Camponotus rufipes and C. renggeri. (AU)

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Scientific publications (25)
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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)
MOTA, LUISA L.; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Myrmecophilous butterflies utilise ant-treehopper associations as visual cues for oviposition. Ecological Entomology, v. 41, n. 3, p. 338-343, . (12/23671-5, 14/23141-1)
RONQUE, M. U. V.; MIGLIORINI, G. H.; OLIVEIRA, P. S.. Thievery in rainforest fungus-growing ants: interspecific assault on culturing material at nest entrance. Insectes Sociaux, v. 65, n. 3, p. 507-510, . (17/16645-1, 14/23141-1)
IBARRA-ISASSI, JAVIER; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Indirect effects of mutualism: ant-treehopper associations deter pollinators and reduce reproduction in a tropical shrub. Oecologia, v. 186, n. 3, p. 691-701, . (14/12486-8, 14/23141-1)
GONCALVES-NETO, SALATIEL; AZEVEDO-SILVA, MARIANNE; LEMOS, ALESSANDRA S. M.; SOUZA, ANETE P.; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Microsatellites for the Neotropical ant, Camponotus leydigi (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). ENTOMOLOGICAL SCIENCE, v. 24, n. 1, p. 79-84, . (17/18291-2, 19/12683-1, 17/16645-1, 14/23141-1)
RONQUE, M. U. V.; FEITOSA, R. M.; OLIVEIRA, P. S.. Natural history and ecology of fungus-farming ants: a field study in Atlantic rainforest. Insectes Sociaux, v. 66, n. 3, p. 375-387, . (17/16645-1, 14/23141-1)
SALLES, L. F. P.; CHRISTIANINI, A. V.; OLIVEIRA, P. S.. Dirt roads and fire breaks produce no edge effects on litter-dwelling arthropods in a tropical dry-forest: a case study. JOURNAL OF INSECT CONSERVATION, v. 22, n. 5-6, p. 647-657, . (14/23141-1, 17/16645-1)
CALHEIROS, ANA C.; RONQUE, MARIANE U. V.; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Social Organization and Subcaste Specialization in the Leaf-Cutting Ant Acromyrmex subterraneus (Formicidae: Myrmicinae). Journal of Insect Behavior, v. 32, n. 4-6, . (17/16645-1, 14/23141-1)
CAMARGO, PAULO H. S. A.; RODRIGUES, SUELEN B. M.; PIRATELLI, AUGUSTO J.; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.; CHRISTIANINI, V, ALEXANDER. Interhabitat variation in diplochory: Seed dispersal effectiveness by birds and ants differs between tropical forest and savanna. PERSPECTIVES IN PLANT ECOLOGY EVOLUTION AND SYSTEMATICS, v. 38, p. 48-57, . (14/23141-1, 02/12895-8, 17/16645-1)
MAGALHAES, VERONICA B.; ESPIRITO SANTO, NADIA B.; SALLES, LUIS F. P.; SOARES, JR., HELIO; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Secondary seed dispersal by ants in Neotropical cerrado savanna: species-specific effects on seeds and seedlings of Siparuna guianensis (Siparunaceae). ECOLOGICAL ENTOMOLOGY, v. 43, n. 5, p. 665-674, . (17/16645-1, 14/23141-1)
BREVIGLIERI, CRASSO PAULO B.; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.; ROMERO, GUSTAVO Q.. Fear Mediates Trophic Cascades: Nonconsumptive Effects of Predators Drive Aquatic Ecosystem Function. American Naturalist, v. 189, n. 5, p. 490-500, . (14/23141-1)
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)
PERES, PEDRO A.; AZEVEDO-SILVA, MARIANNE; ANDRADE, SONIA C. S.; LEITE, FOSCA P. P.. Is there host-associated differentiation in marine herbivorous amphipods?. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, v. 126, n. 4, p. 885-898, . (14/23141-1, 14/15614-7)
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)
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)
LEMOS, ALESSANDRA S. M.; AZEVEDO-SILVA, MARIANNE; GONCALVES-NETO, SALATIEL; SOUZA, ANETE P.; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Microsatellites for the Neotropical Ant, Odontomachus chelifer (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). JOURNAL OF INSECT SCIENCE, v. 20, n. 5, . (17/16645-1, 17/18291-2, 19/12683-1, 14/23141-1)
PERES, PEDRO A.; FERREIRA, ANA PAULA; MACHADO, GLAUCO B. O.; AZEVEDO-SILVA, MARIANNE; SIQUEIRA, SILVANA G. L.; LEITE, FOSCA P. P.. Sex-biased dispersal depends on the spatial scale in a tube-building amphipod. MARINE ECOLOGY-PROGRESS SERIES, v. 658, p. 135-148, . (17/16645-1, 14/15614-7, 18/10313-0, 14/23141-1, 17/18291-2)
AZEVEDO-SILVA, MARIANNE; MORI, GUSTAVO M.; CARVALHO, CAROLINA S.; CORTES, MARINA C.; SOUZA, ANETE P.; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Breeding systems and genetic diversity in tropical carpenter ant colonies: different strategies for similar outcomes in Brazilian Cerrado savanna. ZOOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY, v. 190, n. 3, p. 1020-1035, . (14/23141-1, 17/16645-1, 14/22821-9, 13/08086-1, 17/18291-2, 14/01029-5)
CALHEIROS, ANA C.; RONQUE, MARIANE U. V.; SOARES, HELIO; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Foraging Ecology of the Leaf-Cutter Ant, Acromyrmex subterraneus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), in a Neotropical Cerrado Savanna. ENVIRONMENTAL ENTOMOLOGY, v. 48, n. 6, p. 1434-1441, . (14/23141-1, 17/16645-1)
RONQUE, MARIANE U. V.; LYRA, MARIANA L.; MIGLIORINI, GUSTAVO H.; BACCI, MAURICIO; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Symbiotic bacterial communities in rainforest fungus-farming ants: evidence for species and colony specificity. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 10, n. 1, . (17/26162-8, 17/16645-1, 14/23141-1)
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)
RONQUE, MARIANE U. V.; FOURCASSIE, VINCENT; OLIVEIRA, PAULO S.. Ecology and field biology of two dominant Camponotus ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Brazilian savannah. Journal of Natural History, v. 52, n. 3-4, p. 237-252, . (11/04667-4, 14/23141-1)

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