Carlos H. Vergara, email@example.com, Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Departmento de Química y Biología, 72820 Santa Catarina Mártir, Peubla, Mexico
Exotic species of bees have been introduced into different countries as crop pollinators. Well-known examples are the alfalfa leafcutting bee (Megachile rotundata) and several species of bumblebees (Bombus spp.). In most cases, these imports have been done without prior assessing of possible negative impacts of the pollinators on native ecosystems. Other species have been accidentally introduced, or introduced for purposes other than pollination of crops. The best known of such introductions is the African honey bee, imported to Brazil in the 1950’s. African honey bees (Apis mellifera scutellata) have become important pollinators of crops like coffee or avocado in tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. This review presents currently available information on the success of introduced pollinators and their effects on native ecosystems. It also examines the viability of using native pollinators to prevent unnecessary introduction of exotic species.
Species 1: Hymenoptera Apidae Bombus (bumblebee) Species 2: Hymenoptera Apidae Apismellifera scutellata (African honey bee) Species 3: Hymenoptera Megachilidae Megachilerotundata (alfalfa leafcutting bee) Keywords: environmental impact assessment
From Vandame Jérôme, FAO consultant, FAO, January 26, 2006 Dear Dr. Carlos Vergara,
I get the abstract of the presentation "Introducing exotic species for crop pollination - pluses and minuses" you did during the Symposium on pollination services organized in Oaxaca in november 2005, thanks to Dr Claire Kremen who facilitated this symposium.
I also read the abstract of your presentation "Introduction of exotic bees for crop pollination" as well as the presentation you did during the Symposium on pollination services organized in Oaxaca in november 2005.
I am interested with this subject as I am doing for FAO a litterature review on "conservation and management of pollinators for sustainable agriculture" in Lao PDR and surrounding countries.
Would it be possible to get a full text of your presentation?
In the same time, could you, please, indicate me how I could get the name of the researchers involved in one of the following points, in South East Asia:
- plant-pollinator relationships,
- pollinator management
- socio-economic benefits of pollination services
- relationship between pollinator decline and unsuitable practice/management practices,
- factors influencing pollen-pollinator limitation in plants,
- conservation and monitoring of pollinators
- evidence of pollinator loss ...
Thanking you in advance for your help, I send you my best regards,
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