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Name Biodiversidade e uso sustentado de polinizadores, com ênfase em abelhas   FAPESP Project
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Validity Date 01/05/2006 - 31/05/2010
Team Vera Lucia Imperatriz Fonseca, Antônio Mauro Saraiva, Maria Cristina Arias, Lionel Segui Gonçalves (pesquisadores principais); Astrid Matos Peixoto Kleinert, Persio Souza Santos Filho; David De Jong; Carlos Alberto Garófalo; Isabel Alves dos Santos; Marco Del Lama; Ademilson Espencer Egea Soares;Csrlos Cugnasca; Pedro Correa; André Kirakawa; Marilda Cortopassi-Laurino; Dirk Koedam e Tiago Maurício Francoy- pesquisadores associados.
Participating Institutions Instituto de Biociências/USP Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto/USP Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto/USP Universidade Federal de S. Carlos Escola Politécnica, USP
Biome Cerrado; Mata Atlântica
Abstract The Convention of Biological Diversity and the United Nations Millennium Assessment Program ( considers environmental services provided by pollinators, with emphasis on bees, as a priority for the 21st century. Conservation and sustainable use of pollinators helps to ensure food security, sustainable agriculture and wild plant conservation. This project has four components: 1. Evaluation of the status of the interactions between bees and plants; 2. Population dynamics of native bees, using molecular tools; 3. Problems that limit the use of bees in agriculture; 4. Information Technology tools for research and extension in ecosystem services (with emphasis on bees as pollinators). Improvement of the knowledge base on bees focuses on reproductive aspects (individual and colonial), swarming, nest founding, colony growth, protein diets for colony feeding, sex allocation, automatic monitoring of colony growth and flight activity and studies of bees on flowers. Trap nests will be used to study solitary bee diversity in habitat fragments. Nogueira-Neto meliponaries in São Simão (SP) and meliponaires in Pernambuco with Melipona scutellaris colonies will be intensively studied, as well as stingless bees’ nests found on the university campuses in São Paulo and Ribeirão Preto. This project includes 20 PhD and an additional six PhD candidates for postdoc positions, as well as undergraduates, MSc and PhD students. Collaborations with visiting scientists are also underway and planned.
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Keywords abelhas, apicultura, base de dados, meliponicultura, polinizadores, tecnologia da informação
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