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Botanical and FITOGEOGRAPHICAL origins of the honey and pollen loads from the Porto velho's quilombola comunity, city of Iporanga, in Vale do Ribeira (São Paulo)

Grant number: 13/03182-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2013
Effective date (End): April 30, 2015
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Botany
Principal Investigator:Cynthia Fernandes Pinto da Luz
Grantee:Laura Benitez Bosco
Home Institution: Instituto de Botânica. Secretaria do Meio Ambiente (São Paulo - Estado). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Apiculture is an alternative for the development of a familiar based agriculture, especially in places of preserved vegetation, likewise the Vale do Ribeira in Sao Paulo State. This region needs economic activities with low environmental impacts, and that preserve its natural richness. In this scenario, the racional apicultural activity is extremely important for the income generation in the local quilombola's comunities throug a sustainable agricultural production and for the preservation of the native flora. In this framework the project aims to characterize the botanical and fitogeographical origins of the honey and pollen loads produced in the quilombola's comunity of Porto Velho with the objective of helping to stablish a certification process and amplify the knoledge about the apicultural brazilian flora. Honey and pollen loads samples will be collected monthly, as well as branches of plant species in bloom in a radius of 500 meters around the apiary. The preparation of the honey, pollen loads and polen grains will be made according to the classical european metodology without the use of acetolysis, and the plant identification will be made with the help of specialists. The expected results are to help in the sustainable development od a quilombola comunity in a needy region of the Sao Paulo state through melissopalinology and amplify the comprehension about the apicultural flora in Brazi

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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)
BOSCO, LAURA BENITEZ; PINTO DA LUZ, CYNTHIA FERNANDES. Pollen analysis of Atlantic forest honey from the Vale do Ribeira Region, state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. GRANA, v. 57, n. 1-2, p. 144-157, 2018. Web of Science Citations: 3.

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