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Phenology, reproductive biology and pollination of cambuci (Campomanesia phaea - Myrtaceae) and monitoring of associated apifauna

Grant number: 11/06811-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2011
Effective date (End): March 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Applied Ecology
Principal Investigator:Isabel Alves dos Santos
Grantee:Guaraci Duran Cordeiro
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):13/26599-6 - Flower recognition by nocturnal bees: a study case with cambuci (Campomanesia phaea - Myrtaceae), BE.EP.DR


Myrtaceae is one of the dominant families in the Atlantic Rainforest, however ecological informations, such as phenology, pollination and reproduction of their representatives are still scarce. Most works focuses on a few aspects such as floral biology and the ratio of visitors observed, but rarely those that show whether visitors are actually effective pollinators. Among the Brazilian Myrtaceae there are numerous fruit species, some commercially exploited, such as goiabeira, pitangueira and jabuticabeira. These species represent only a small fraction of the vast economic potential of the family, given the large number of edible fruits, non-commercial. In Myrtaceae, the genera Eugenia, Campomanesia, Psidium and Myrciaria have numerous species of economic and ecological interests, like the cambuci (Campomanesia phaea). Unfortunately there are no studies on the phenology, pollination and reproduction of this species. The main objective of this project is to reduce these gaps on the knowledge about C. phaea. We aim to study the ecology of the cambuci and the interactions with flower visitors in natural conditions and in a cultivated area. We hope to create subsidies for increase fruit yield in this crop. (AU)

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Scientific publications
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CORDEIRO, G. D.; PINHEIRO, M.; DOETTERL, S.; ALVES-DOS-SANTOS, I.. Pollination of Campomanesia phaea (Myrtaceae) by night-active bees: a new nocturnal pollination system mediated by floral scent. Plant Biology, v. 19, n. 2, p. 132-139, . (13/26599-6, 11/06811-5)
GIANNINI, T. C.; CORDEIRO, G. D.; FREITAS, B. M.; SARAIVA, A. M.; IMPERATRIZ-FONSECA, V. L.. The Dependence of Crops for Pollinators and the Economic Value of Pollination in Brazil. Journal of Economic Entomology, v. 108, n. 3, p. 849-857, . (11/06811-5)
Academic Publications
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CORDEIRO, Guaraci Duran. Reproductive phenology, pollination and flower volatiles of the cambuci (Campomanesia phaea - Myrtaceae). 2015. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (PCARP/BC) Ribeirão Preto.

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