Trends and Developments in Biodiversity Informatics
World Bee Checklist Workshop
17-18 October 2002, Indaiatuba, SP, Brazil
Bees are the most important pollinators of wild and cultivated plants. Their action, as pollen vectors, ensure the continuity of sexual life cycles of plants and the genetic variability that plant populations need to survive and continue to evolve. Pollination by bees is also responsible for the production of seeds and fruits on which many other wild animals depend for food and for the quality and quantity of our crop plants needed to feed the human population. Until several years ago, we depended almost entirely on the common honey bee (Apis mellifera) for the pollination services we needed. Presently, with the North American and European apicultural industries in deep crisis and with the recognition that the honeybee is not the most efficient pollinator for the needs of all cultivated and wild plants, great interest is being devoted to the wild bees (and other wild pollinators). It is widely recognized, today, that the conservation of wild bees and the development of sustainable-use systems for their populations should be among the priority items of our environmental agendas if adequate crop product ion and wild plant conservation are to be reached and maintained. At this point, however, we are forced to accept that we do not have much of the basic knowledge necessary for us to design action plans to deal with wild pollinators. Central to this, is a set of items usually referred to as the "taxonomic impediment." Until we get to know how many wild bee species there are, where they live, and what their names are, we will not be able to link the scattered biological, ecological and agricultural information in an efficient retrieval system. This is essential for us to use the current knowledge on pollinator-plant systems and to plan on acquiring the information we still lack.
- To gather specialists together in an effort to organize our current knowledge on bee taxonomy.
- To establish a framework on which we can build a retrieval system where the information on the biological and ecological needs of pollinators and the plants they pollinate can be easily accessed.
- To propose a plan of action to build such a retrieval system.
- A provisional checklist of the bee species of the world with geographic distributions by country and state/province. Preliminary list of world Colletinae species
- A worldwide list of bee taxonomists. Preliminary list
- A worldwide list of scientific collections containing bees - Preliminary list of Museums Collections
- World Bee Checklist Workshop - Final Report
Vera Fonseca, USP
Fernando Silveira, UFMG
Mike Ruggiero, ITIS
Vanderlei P. Canhos, CRIA
Av. Presidente Vargas, 3041
13330-000 Indaiatuba SP Brazil
phone/fax: +55 19 3801-8000
9:00 Welcome/Introduction 10:30 Break 11:00 Discussions on World Bee Checklist 13:00 Lunch 14:00 Bee Checklist Discussions -Continued 17:00 Adjourn 19:00 Dinner
9:00 Discussions on Bee Experts Checklist 10:30 Break 11:00 Discussions on Bee Collections List 13:00 Lunch 14:00 Review and Next Steps 17:00 Adjourn
Web-site for the workshop at http://uio.mbl.edu/beeworkshop
Laboratório de Abelhas, Dept. de Ecologia Geral, ICB/USP
Depto. Zoologia, ICB/UFMG
Integrated Taxonomic Information System, ITIS North America
Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental