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dc.contributor.authorNunes-Silva, Patricia
dc.contributor.authorCosta, Luciano
dc.contributor.authorCampbell, Alistair John
dc.contributor.authorArruda, Helder
dc.contributor.authorLeon Contrera, Felipe Andres
dc.contributor.authorGalaschi Teixeira, Juliana Stephanie
dc.contributor.authorCorrea Gomes, Rafael Leandro
dc.contributor.authorPessin, Gustavo
dc.contributor.authorPereira, Daniel Santiago
dc.contributor.authorde Souza, Paulo
dc.contributor.authorImperatre-Fonseca, Vera Lucia
dc.description.abstractDetermining bee flight capacity is crucial for developing management strategies for bee conservation and/or crop pollination and purposes. In this study, we determined the flight distance of the stingless bee Melipona fasciculata using the radiofrequency identification (RFID) technology. For this, we conducted two translocation experiments using workers equipped with RFID microsensors: (1) release of bees at seven distances between 100 and 3000 m from experimental colonies in Belém, Brazil, and (2) at six distances between 1500 and 10,000 m at Carajás National Forest Reserve. Return rates of workers were negatively correlated to release distance, with typical flight distances of 2 km, but a maximum homing distance of 10 km. Use of RFID tags revealed how past experiments may have greatly underestimated homing abilities of stingless bees.
dc.publisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
dc.titleRadiofrequency identification (RFID) reveals long-distance flight and homing abilities of the stingless bee Melipona fasciculata
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationNunes-Silva, P; Costa, L; Campbell, AJ; Arruda, H; Contrera, FAL; Teixeira, JSG; Gomes, RLC; Pessin, G; Pereira, DS; de Souza, P; Imperatriz-Fonseca, VL, Radiofrequency identification (RFID) reveals long-distance flight and homing abilities of the stingless bee Melipona fasciculata, Apidologie
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gro.griffith.authorDe Souza Junior, Paulo A.

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