Apidologie

, Volume 43, Issue 1, pp 51–62

Acerola pollinators in the savanna of Central Brazil: temporal variations in oil-collecting bee richness and a mutualistic network

  • Alice Maria Guimarães Fernandes Vilhena
  • Laíce Souza Rabelo
  • Esther Margarida Alves Ferreira Bastos
  • Solange Cristina Augusto
Original article

DOI: 10.1007/s13592-011-0081-1

Cite this article as:
Vilhena, A.M.G.F., Rabelo, L.S., Bastos, E.M.A.F. et al. Apidologie (2012) 43: 51. doi:10.1007/s13592-011-0081-1

Abstract

We present parameters to support the conservation and management of Acerola pollinators. We monitored pollinator visits to this fruit shrub in a Brazilian savanna and identified the pollinator’s other food resources. Twenty-three species of pollinators were sampled. Although there were temporal variations in visitor frequency, satisfactory levels of fruit set were obtained. This temporal variation promoted a compensatory effect on plant reproduction as the pollinator species were replaced during the course of flowering. The analysis of pollen loads showed grains of 16 plant species and four pollen types belonging to seven families that formed a network with a nested pattern. Such a network suggests that generalist plants must be available in the crop vicinity. The data presented suggest the natural viability of cultivating Acerola in the savannas of Central Brazil and the importance of natural lands for providing nesting resources and to enhance the bee diversity in agroecosystems.

Keywords

Centridiniagriculturepollinationinteraction networkbee

Copyright information

© INRA, DIB-AGIB and Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alice Maria Guimarães Fernandes Vilhena
    • 1
  • Laíce Souza Rabelo
    • 1
  • Esther Margarida Alves Ferreira Bastos
    • 2
  • Solange Cristina Augusto
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de BiologiaUniversidade Federal de UberlândiaUberlândiaBrazil
  2. 2.Laboratório de Recursos Vegetais e OpoterápicosFundação Ezequiel DiasBelo HorizonteBrazil