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Recent advances in reproductive biology of stingless bees

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Vollet-Neto, A. [1] ; Koffler, S. [2] ; dos Santos, C. F. [3] ; Menezes, C. [4] ; Nunes, F. M. F. [5] ; Hartfelder, K. [6] ; Imperatriz-Fonseca, V. L. [7, 2] ; Alves, D. A. [8]
Total Authors: 8
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Fac Filosofia Ciencias & Letras Ribeirao Preto, Dept Biol, Ribeirao Preto, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Biociencias, Dept Ecol, Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[3] Pontificia Univ Catolica Rio Grande do Sul, Dept Biodiversidade & Ecol, Porto Alegre, RS - Brazil
[4] Embrapa Amazonia Oriental, Belem, PA - Brazil
[5] Univ Fed Sao Carlos, Ctr Ciencias Biol & Saude, Dept Genet & Evolucao, Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[6] Univ Sao Paulo, Fac Med Ribeirao Preto, Dept Biol Celular & Mol & Bioagentes Patogen, Ribeirao Preto, SP - Brazil
[7] Inst Tecnol Vale, Belem, PA - Brazil
[8] Univ Sao Paulo, Escola Super Agr Luiz de Queiroz, Dept Entomol & Acarol, Piracicaba, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 8
Document type: Review article
Source: Insectes Sociaux; v. 65, n. 2, p. 201-212, MAY 2018.
Web of Science Citations: 2

The reproductive biology of stingless bees is poorly understood, especially when compared to other groups of social bees with great ecological and economic importance. However, research on this topic has grown over the past few years, mostly driven by technological advances in molecular biology. Here, we aimed to review several recent developments in the research of stingless bee reproduction, including the mating systems of stingless bees, reproductive strategies of queens, inbreeding and diploid male production, as well as conflicts over male production. We also briefly explore topics that have not substantially advanced, highlighting the gaps that need to be further investigated. Understanding the reproductive biology of stingless bees can aid conservation efforts for these important pollinators and improve management practices that promote their sustainable economic use. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/11144-0 - Evolution of mating systems in stingless bees (Apidae, Meliponini)
Grantee:Ayrton Vollet Neto
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate