The effective role of stingless bees in pollination of agricultural crops has been confirmed for 18 different cultures and their use in greenhouses was successful in 11 out of 13 tested bee species (Slaa et al., 2006). The major limitations to the commercial use of these pollinators are: the difficulty of producing large-scale colonies, which is hampered by low natural reproduction rates of these bees; few queens produced and constraints of the available techniques for multiplication of colonies and creation of queens in the laboratory. This project will be developed in order to advance the understanding of biological mechanisms involved in the natural production of queens to enable the production of colonies on a larger scale. The goals are: to study the natural mechanisms of production of queens; implement and optimize the methodology for the production of queens in the laboratory; study the process of fertilization and beginning mini-colonies with these queens; define methodologies to provide the growth and establishment of mini-colonies founded. (AU)
News published in Agência FAPESP Newsletter about the scholarship:
(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)
MARSAIOLI, ANITA JOCELYNE;
FONTOURA, ISABELA CARDOSO;
LUCHESSI, AUGUSTO DUCATI;
IMPERATRIZ-FONSECA, VERA LUCIA.
A Brazilian Social Bee Must Cultivate Fungus to Survive.
NOV 2 2015.
Web of Science Citations: 19.