On the Trophic Niche of Bees in Cerrado Areas of Brazil and Yeasts in Their Stored Pollen

  • Paula CalaçaEmail author
  • Cláudia Simeão
  • Esther Margarida Bastos
  • Carlos Augusto Rosa
  • Yasmine Antonini


We studied eight species of meliponines native to the vast savanna and plateau area of “Cerrado” in central Brazil, where fire and human activities have removed over half of the natural habitat. We discuss the pot-pollen and yeast species and found 247 different pollen types. Melipona quinquefasciata and Trigona spinipes used only 14 and 19 pollen types, respectively. Yeasts of the Starmerella clade were found, and stingless bee species concentrated pollen harvesting on a relatively narrow range of flowers.



We sincerely thank Dr. Patricia Vit for the opportunity of this chapter, for guidance, patience, and careful attention in every detail needed for the improvement of the manuscript. We thank Dr. David W. Roubik for his valuable and generous comments and corrections and for improving the English. We are grateful to Dr. Clemens Schlindwein for Tetragonisca angustula nest photos. We are also grateful to reviewers for their constructive suggestions in this chapter. The authors were financially supported by grants of the Brazilian science foundations, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) and Fundação do Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paula Calaça
    • 1
    • 2
  • Cláudia Simeão
    • 2
  • Esther Margarida Bastos
    • 2
  • Carlos Augusto Rosa
    • 3
  • Yasmine Antonini
    • 4
  1. 1.Departamento de Botânica, ICB, CP 486Universidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  2. 2.Serviço de Recursos Vegetais e Opoterápicos, Diretoria de Pesquisa e DesenvolvimentoFundação Ezequiel Dias (Funed)Belo HorizonteBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de Microbiologia, ICB, CP 486Universidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  4. 4.Departamento de Biodiversidade Evolução e Meio Ambiente, ICEBUniversidade Federal de Ouro PretoOuro PretoBrazil

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