Trends and Developments in Biodiversity Informatics

World Bee Checklist Workshop
17-18 October 2002, Indaiatuba, SP, Brazil

Venue
Introduction
Objectives
Products
Coordination
Programme
Documents

Introduction
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.

Objectives

Products

Coordination
Vera Fonseca, USP
Fernando Silveira, UFMG
Mike Ruggiero, ITIS
Vanderlei P. Canhos, CRIA

Venue

Vitória Hotel
Av. Presidente Vargas, 3041
13330-000 Indaiatuba SP Brazil
phone/fax: +55 19 3801-8000
email: vitoria@vitoriahotel.com.br

Programme

October 17
9:00Welcome/Introduction
10:30Break
11:00Discussions on World Bee Checklist
13:00Lunch
14:00Bee Checklist Discussions -Continued
17:00Adjourn
19:00Dinner

October 18
9:00Discussions on Bee Experts Checklist
10:30Break
11:00Discussions on Bee Collections List
13:00Lunch
14:00Review and Next Steps
17:00Adjourn

Documents
Web-site for the workshop at http://uio.mbl.edu/beeworkshop


Organization:
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

Sponsorship:
Global Biodiversity Information Facility, GBIF Sistema Integrado de Informação Taxonômica, ITIS*Brasil Species 2000 International Working Group on Taxonomic Databases, TDWG U.S. Geological Survey, USGS Petrobras Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, Fapesp Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa, CNPq Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia, MCT