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Taxonomic review and analysis of spatial and environmental process over distribution of species of mites associated with rubber trees in Brazil

Grant number: 13/09600-0
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2013
Effective date (End): January 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal researcher:Reinaldo José Fazzio Feres
Grantee:Felipe Micali Nuvoloni
Supervisor abroad: Benjamin Gilbert
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas (IBILCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São José do Rio Preto. São José do Rio Preto , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Toronto (U of T), Canada  
Associated to the scholarship:10/19935-1 - Influence of geographic distribution in the structural pattern of the mite community on rubber trees(Hevea brasiliensis MUELL ARG. Euphorbiaceae) in Brazil., BP.DR


The mite fauna associated with rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis MUELL Arg) has been studied in the last years due to its importance as pest status. Meanwhile, instead its importance, little is known about patterns of species occurrence and distribution over this crop. Aim to fulfill some gaps, we took samples of rubber trees from poorly studied areas, adding this information in a preexisting database from DZSJRP ACARI collection (, and from the one made over the doctorate of the student. This way, the project aims to improve the quality of identification of sampled specimens with the help of specialized taxonomists present at "OSU Summer Acarology Program". Furthermore, the student plain a internship of six months at Gilberts Lab, associated with Ecology and Evolutionary Biology center of University of Toronto, a worldwide reference in ecology studies, where all the statistical and ecologycal analysis will be done, that includes multivariate analysis, partial regression, CCA partial (PCNM), also multiple correlations, verifying the relative importance of geographical location and environmental features over the communities of mites. Beyond that, would be possible to get deeper in the theoretical knowledge of community ecology and distribution species patterns. (AU)

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(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)
NUVOLONI, FELIPE MICALI; FAZZIO FERES, REINALDO JOSE; GILBERT, BENJAMIN. Species Turnover through Time: Colonization and Extinction Dynamics across Metacommunities. American Naturalist, v. 187, n. 6, p. 786-796, JUN 2016. Web of Science Citations: 3.

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