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Inventory of herbivores in Piperaceae species

Grant number: 15/17047-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2015
Effective date (End): December 01, 2020
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Cooperation agreement: NSF - Dimensions of Biodiversity and BIOTA
Principal researcher:André Victor Lucci Freitas
Grantee:Simeão de Souza Moraes
Home Institution: Instituto de Biologia (IB). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:14/50316-7 - Dimensions US-Biota São Paulo: Chemically mediated multi-trophic interaction diversity across tropical gradients, AP.BTA.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):16/20196-5 - Morphological, molecular diversity and tribal assignment of the genus Eois Hübner 1818 (Lepidoptera: Geometridae, Larentiinae), BE.EP.PD


The proposed study will provide information on the specificity of relationship among Piper occurring in the Atlantic forest of São Paulo State and their herbivores and parasitoids. The adult insects reared will be classified according morphological and molecular data.It will also document specialist herbivore diversity of members of the genus through targeted collections and rearings. The general hypotheses is that Piper species have high intra- and interspecific secondary metabolite diversity, and this chemical diversity is related to both taxonomic diversity and specialist herbivory by Eois larvae. (AU)

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Scientific publications (6)
(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)
MORAES, SIMEAO S.; MONTEBELLO, YGOR; STANTON, MARIANA A.; YAMAGUCHI, LYDIA FUMIKO; KATO, MASSUO J.; FREITAS, ANDRE V. L.. Description of three new species of Geometridae (Lepidoptera) using species delimitation in an integrative taxonomy approach for a cryptic species complex. PeerJ, v. 9, . (11/50225-3, 13/50297-0, 19/02727-1, 15/26823-9, 15/17047-5, 16/20196-5, 12/50260-6)
MORAES, S. S.; OTERO, L. S.; FREITAS, A. V. L.. Natural History and Comparative Morphology of Immatures of Gamelia anableps (C. Felder & R. Felder) (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae, Hemileucinae). Neotropical Entomology, v. 46, n. 4, p. 397-408, . (15/17047-5, 11/50225-3)
MORAES, SIMEAO DE SOUZA; MURILLO-RAMOS, LEIDYS; MACHADO, PATRICIA A.; GHANAVI, HAMID R.; MAGALDI, LUIZA M.; SILVA-BRANDAO, KARINA L.; KATO, MASSUO J.; FREITAS, ANDRE V. L.; WAHLBERG, NIKLAS. A double-edged sword: Unrecognized cryptic diversity and taxonomic impediment in Eois (Lepidoptera, Geometridae). ZOOLOGICA SCRIPTA, v. 50, n. 5, p. 633-646, . (15/24663-4, 12/50260-6, 13/50297-0, 15/17047-5, 16/20196-5, 11/50225-3)

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