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Safeguarding pollination services in a changing world: theory into practice (SURPASS2)

Grant number: 18/14994-1
Support Opportunities:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: September 01, 2019 - April 30, 2023
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Applied Ecology
Convênio/Acordo: Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (CONICYT) ; CONICET ; NERC, UKRI ; Newton Fund - LATAM ; Newton Fund, with FAPESP as a partner institution in Brazil
Principal Investigator:Antonio Mauro Saraiva
Grantee:Antonio Mauro Saraiva
Principal researcher abroad: Francisco E. Fonturbel
Institution abroad: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), Chile
Principal researcher abroad: Marcelo Adrian Aizen
Institution abroad: Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Argentina
Principal researcher abroad: Matthew Heard
Institution abroad: Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford (CEH), England
Host Institution: Escola Politécnica (EP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Pesquisadores principais:
Kayna Agostini ; Tiago Mauricio Francoy
Associated researchers:Andre Rodrigo Rech ; Betina Blochtein ; Bruno de Carvalho Albertini ; Celso Barbiéri Júnior ; Debora Pignatari Drucker ; Elderson Ruthes ; Filipi Miranda Soares ; Isabela Galarda Varassin ; José Augusto Salim ; Leandro Freitas ; Marcia Motta Maues ; Marina Wolowski Torres ; Natalia Pirani Ghilardi-Lopes ; Nicolay Leme da Cunha ; Patrícia Nunes Silva ; Paula Florencia Zermoglio ; Rodrigo Yoiti Tsukahara
Associated grant(s):19/13235-2 - 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress - APIMONDIA, AR.EXT
Associated scholarship(s):22/13483-9 - Development of the Citizen Science platform Beekeep and citizen science data analysis, BP.TT
20/16568-0 - Standardization of protocols for collection, digitization of data and terminology applied plant-pollinator interaction database, BP.TT
20/14431-7 - Design and curation of the BeeKeep Citizen Science platform and production of support materials for users, BP.TT
19/27179-7 - Conceptual modelling and information system architecture design of the citizen science pollinator monitoring platform BeeKeep, BP.TT
19/26760-8 - Citizen science contributions to the study and conservation of bees in dynamic landscapes, BP.PD


Pollinators have an essential role in the reproduction of plant species in natural areas and in agriculture. Knowledge about their spatial and temporal distribution is of extreme importance for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, and can be generated from records of species occurrence obtained from field inventories. Online availability of those data is increasing rapidly and with it we can identify the existence of knowledge gaps, with undersampled regions and taxa, that require a greater collecting effort, that can be achieved with the collaboration of citizens adequately trained for the task, the citizen scientists. Online digitized data of species interactions, such as plants and pollinators, are even scarcer, despite their importance to the understanding of biological relations and processes. This is due to the intrinsic complexity of interaction data, which is also reflected in the lack of a data standard to represent them, just the contrary that can be verified with occurrence data, that has an internationally well-accepted data standard, the Darwin Core, to represent them. In order to tackle those questions, this project proposes: a) to develop a data standard to digitize plant-pollinator interaction data, that facilitates data sharing, reuse and aggregation; b) develop of an information system based on that standard; c) generate a diagnosis of plant-pollinator interactions in Brazil, and d) identify knowledge gaps. The project also proposes to develop a citizen science program for pollinators, including: a) development of an app and system appropriate for collecting occurrence data and for monitoring pollinator; b) assess the quality of data generated; c) assess the knowledge gains of the participant citizens; d) create a Latin American network on the themes of plant-pollinators interactions and on citizen science for pollinators. (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)
LEOCADIO, JAILSON N.; GHILARDI-LOPES, NATALIA P.; KOFFLER, SHEINA; BARBIERI, CELSO; FRANCOY, TIAGO M.; ALBERTINI, BRUNO; SARAIVA, ANTONIO M.. Data Reliability in a Citizen Science Protocol for Monitoring Stingless Bees Flight Activity. INSECTS, v. 12, n. 9, . (19/26760-8, 18/14994-1)
ZATTARA, EDUARDO E.; AIZEN, MARCELO A.. Worldwide occurrence records suggest a global decline in bee species richness. ONE EARTH, v. 4, n. 1, p. 114-123, . (18/14994-1)
KOFFLER, SHEINA; BARBIERI, CELSO; GHILARDI-LOPES, NATALIA P.; LEOCADIO, JAILSON N.; ALBERTINI, BRUNO; FRANCOY, TIAGO M.; SARAIVA, ANTONIO M.. A Buzz for Sustainability and Conservation: The Growing Potential of Citizen Science Studies on Bees. SUSTAINABILITY, v. 13, n. 2, . (18/14994-1, 19/26760-8)

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