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Colonization and dispersal in the areas of occurrence and population genetics of Partamona rustica (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Meliponini)

Grant number: 12/23342-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2013
Effective date (End): April 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Genetics - Animal Genetics
Principal researcher:Marco Antonio Del Lama
Grantee:Elder Assis Miranda
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


Many of stingless bees have had their populations decimated and greatly reduced due to anthropogenic deforestation, exploitation and inadequate management. The reduction and fragmentation of habitat reflect negatively on natural populations, resulting in the loss of genetic variability due to the reduction in population size. Factors like haplodiploidy, the complementary sex determination (CSD) and eussociality associated with swarming, genetics affect bee populations by restricting gene flow breast, making highly viscous populations. Partamona rustica, the species under study, is a social stingless bee tribe Meliponini occurring in Brazil in the savanna regions of northern Minas Gerais and Bahia southwest. This group of bees has habit of nesting in arboreal termite external assets, and gables of human habitation and that like other bees are important pollinators. Given these factors and the absence of studies to species, this study will aim to test the hypothesis that populations of P. rustica exhibit genetic structuring in sampling sites due to colonization of sites by a small number of maternal lineages and limited interpopulation gene flow due to a limited range of flight of males. Be used for both mitochondrial and microsatellite markers. They will also analyze some ecological aspects of P. rustica, in order to know which species of termites are used for nesting and plants which are visited by these bees. This assessment can help to estimate the risk of populations facing environmental changes and to devise strategies for their conservation. (AU)

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Scientific publications (7)
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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, APR 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
MIRANDA, ELDER ASSIS; LIMA, IRAILDE DO NASCIMENTO; OI, CINTIA A.; LOPEZ-URIBE, MARGARITA M.; DEL LAMA, MARCO ANTONIO; FREITAS, BRENO MAGALHAES; SILVA, CLAUDIA INES. Overlap of Ecological Niche Breadth of Euglossa cordata and Eulaema nigrita (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Euglossini) Accessed by Pollen Loads and Species Distribution Modeling. Neotropical Entomology, v. 50, n. 2, p. 197-207, APR 2021. Web of Science Citations: 1.
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, SEP 2017. Web of Science Citations: 0.
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 APR 14 2017. Web of Science Citations: 5.
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 OCT 10 2016. Web of Science Citations: 6.
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, MAY 23 2016. Web of Science Citations: 8.
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, AUG 2015. Web of Science Citations: 5.

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