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A multifactor approach to assess the health status of honeybee colonies in Eucalyptus plantations

Grant number: 18/05072-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2018
Effective date (End): September 24, 2019
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Applied Zoology
Principal Investigator:Osmar Malaspina
Grantee:Caio Eduardo da Costa Domingues
Supervisor: José Paulo Filipe Afonso de Sousa
Host Institution: Centro de Estudos de Insetos Sociais (CEIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidade de Coimbra (UC), Portugal  
Associated to the scholarship:16/15743-7 - Analysis of effects of strobilurin fungicide pyraclostrobin in midgut of Africanized Apis mellifera Linnaeus, 1758 (Hymenoptera: Apidae) and Melipona scutellaris Latreille, 1811 (Hymenoptera: Apidae), BP.DR


Eucalyptus plantations, mainly used for paper production, occupy a large part of the territory in Portugal. However, many beekeepers keep nests in or near the plantations for honey production, but this practice may pose risks to the colonies that forage in this area, once eucalyptus plantations are highly susceptible to different pests and pesticides are used in their control. In this context, it is necessary to evaluate the management of the plantations at the landscape level and to develop a risk analysis model for honeybees. In order to apply this model, the multifactor approach of the evaluation of residues in the field, as well as in the different matrices of the nest, and the health status of the colonies located in the eucalyptus plantations are necessary in a comparative way to the nests located in a reference site (Central Portugal). The present proposal for an internship abroad will contribute to solving the knowledge gaps in bee risk analysis, both in Europe and in Brazil. (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)
DA COSTA DOMINGUES, CAIO EDUARDO; PAIVA SARMENTO, ARTUR MIGUEL; JESUS CAPELA, NUNO XAVIER; COSTA, JOSE MIGUEL; RODRIGUES MINA, RUBEN MIGUEL; DA SILVA, ANTONIO ALVES; REIS, ANA RAQUEL; VALENTE, CARLOS; MALASPINA, OSMAR; AZEVEDO-PEREIRA, HENRIQUE M. V. S.; et al. Monitoring the effects of field exposure of acetamiprid to honey bee colonies in Eucalyptus monoculture plantations. Science of The Total Environment, v. 844, p. 12-pg., . (17/21097-3, 16/15743-7, 18/05072-3)

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