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Natural selection on extrafloral nectaries and specialization of the ant-plant-herbivore interactions

Grant number: 13/04591-3
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): June 05, 2013
Effective date (End): November 04, 2013
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology
Principal researcher:Lúcia Garcez Lohmann
Grantee:Anselmo Nogueira
Supervisor abroad: Pedro José Rey Zamora
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidad de Jaén, Spain  
Associated to the scholarship:12/02110-5 - Evolution of extrafloral nectaries: heritability, natural selection and specialization in ant-plant interactions., BP.PD


The main aim of this project is consolidate ecological and evolutionary studies of ant-plant-herbivores interactions in the tribe Bignonieae (Bignoniaceae). During the six months in the Universidad de Jaén, we expect to: (1) test the ecological network structure of ant-plant interactions and the degree of specialization of these interactions in an Amazonian forest community, in conjunction with field studies on the defensive role of EFN-ants against herbivores on different plant species; and (2) test whether extrafloral nectaries (EFNs) responsible for ant-plant interactions are inherited in two populations of a model species of Bignonieae (Anemopaegma album), in addition of the test the relationship between the quantitative variation of these secretory structures with plant performance (i.e., models of directional and stabilizing selection). These aims are in accordance with the research lines of Dr. Pedro Z. Rey that have a great experience with ecological and evolutionary aspects of animal-plant interactions. (AU)

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NOGUEIRA, ANSELMO; REY, PEDRO J.; ALCANTARA, JULIO M.; LOHMANN, LUCIA G.. Evidence of between-population differences in natural selection on extra-floral nectaries of the shrub Anemopaegma album (Bignoniaceae). BOTANY, v. 94, n. 3, . (12/02110-5, 13/04591-3)
NOGUEIRA, ANSELMO; REY, PEDRO J.; ALCANTARA, JULIO M.; FEITOSA, RODRIGO M.; LOHMANN, LUCIA G.. Geographic Mosaic of Plant Evolution: Extrafloral Nectary Variation Mediated by Ant and Herbivore Assemblages. PLoS One, v. 10, n. 4, . (12/02110-5, 13/04591-3)
NOGUEIRA, ANSELMO; BACCARO, FABRICIO B.; LEAL, LAURA C.; REY, PEDRO J.; LOHMANN, LUCIA G.; BRONSTEIN, JUDITH L.. Variation in the production of plant tissues bearing extrafloral nectaries explains temporal patterns of ant attendance in Amazonian understorey plants. JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, v. 108, n. 4, . (12/02110-5, 13/04591-3)

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