Alberto Galindo-Cardona

Alberto Galindo-Cardona
National Scientific and Technical Research Council | conicet · CCT Tucuman

Doctor of Philosophy

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June 2010 - November 2014
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
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  • Investigador Adjunto
June 2010 - November 2014
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
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  • PostDoc Position

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Publications (33)
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Low density polyethylene (LDPE), biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP), and expanded polystyrene (EXPS) are the most common plastics found in every home of the world, but only ~10% enter the recycling chains. Consequently, the study of plastic biodegradation by microorganisms and insects, such as the wax moths, has gained special interest. Galler...
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Honey bee ( sp.) colonies and individuals respond variably to disturbances. We examined the role of neural modulation and metabolism in constitutive and experience dependent differences in defensive response. We compared brain gene expression in bees from gentle and defensive colonies identified in a standard assay. For neuromodulation, we examined...
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Honey bee populations are declining as occurs with other pollinators. One suggested cause of this decline is the impact of pesticides. To improve bees’ health, pesticides and food sources may be monitored using sentinel hives, given that bees forage in a 2.5 km radius around the hive. We extracted 20 (twenty) bees, as well as samples of wax, honey...
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Reported Local Apparent Time (LAT) and Local Mean Time (LMT) activity of the drones of Apis mellifera in different locations of the world.
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Males in Hymenopteran societies are understudied in many aspects and it is assumed that they only have a reproductive function. We studied the time budget of male honey bees, drones, using multiple methods. Changes in the activities of animals provide important information on biological clocks and their health. Yet, in nature, these changes are sub...
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Varroa destructor is a serious ectoparasite of the western honey bee, Apis mellifera, which negatively impacts on colonies health and survival worldwide. Drone-mediated movement and the presence of the mite in Drone Congregation Areas (DCA) may play a relevant role in Varroa dispersal. The objectives of this study were to characterize mite infestat...
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What kind of research questions do ecologists make in relation to plastic waste in Argentina? This question gathered a group of researchers at the symposium “Ecology of plastic waste: What do we study in Argentina?”, held at the XXVIII Argentinian Ecology Meeting. In this communication we analyze the national context on plastic waste. Our studies o...
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La incógnita planteada en el título reunió a un grupo de investigadores en el simposio “Ecología de residuos plásticos: ¿Qué estudiamos en Argentina?”, llevado a cabo en la XXVIII Reunión Argentina de Ecología. En esta comunicación hacemos un análisis del contexto nacional sobre residuos plásticos. Nuestros estudios en ecología de plásticos buscaro...
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Honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) are the primary commercial pollinators across the world. The subspecies A. m. scutellata originated in Africa and was introduced to the Americas in 1956. For the last 60 years, it hybridized successfully with European subspecies, previous residents in the area. The result of this hybridization was called Africanized h...
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Achroia grisella and Galleria mellonella (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae) are two of the most common pests in apiaries worldwide since in their larval stage they feed on wax combs that bees use for their offspring, on bees’ food, and on the wooden boxes. After finding some specimens of parasitoids associated to A. grisella cocoons in Tucuman, Argentina, ou...
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Monitorear la actividad de las abejas es un tema de importancia relevante, especialmente ahora por sus problemas en salud reportados a nivel mundial. Estudiar los diferentes comportamientos de las abejas por medio de la visión artificial es una herramienta valiosa para los investigadores a tener en cuenta. El objetivo de este trabajo es generar un...
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Varroa destructor is one of the main factors affecting beehive health. There are few studies on the relative effect of climate and landscape on Varroa infestations. This work aims to identify climate and landscape variables that influence the presence of Varroa in a hive by analyzing cases in three regions of Argentina: Tucumán (T), Santiago (S) an...
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Apis mellifera reproduction system involves drones and virgin queens that mate up in the air in drone congregation areas (DCAs). Bees' parasites, such as Varroa destructor can also be present in the DCAs, causing infestation and subsequent impact on the health of the colonies. The objectives of this study were: to locate DCAs in two eco-climatic re...
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In this note we report Achroia grisella F. (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), a beehive pest, for the first time in Argentina. In addition, we report observations of the larvae of this pest species consuming silo-bags, a material commonly used in the country for hive management. Silo-bags are composed of three layers of polyethylene and one anti-UV layer an...
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Natural reproduction of honeybees occurs in zones called drone congregation areas (DCA), visited by drones (males) and queens of several colonies. These places are open areas, protected from the wind by high vegetation cover and are very common near an apiary. Until now, there was none DCA reported in Argentina. First, we determine the fly activity...
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La reproducción natural de las abejas melíferas ocurre en zonas denominadas áreas de congregación de zánganos (ACZ), visitadas por machos, denominados zánganos, y reinas integrantes de varias colonias. Dichas áreas se caracterizan por ser abiertas, protegidas del viento por cubierta vegetal alta y es muy común encontrarlas cerca de un apiario. En l...
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Honey bees [Apis mellifera L. (Apidae, Hymenoptera)] show spatial learning behavior or orientation, in which animals make use of structured home ranges for their daily activities. Worker (female) orientation has been studied more extensively than drone (male) orientation. Given the extensive and large flight range of drones as part of their reprodu...
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The Africanized honey bee is one of the most spectacular invasions in the Americas. African bees escaped from apiaries in Brazil in 1956, spread over Americas and by 1994 they were reported in Puerto Rico. In contrast to other places, the oceanic island conditions in Puerto Rico may mean a single introduction and different dynamics of the resident...
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Global change poses numerous challenges to developing nations and small-island developing states (SIDSs). Among these are the effects of climate change on honeybees' provisioning services including honey production. Here we ask two questions. First, what is the relationship between honey yield and climate in a tropical environment? Second, how does...
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Abstract Male honey bees fly and gather at Drone Congregation Areas (DCAs), where drones and queens mate in flight. DCAs occur in places with presumably characteristic features. Using previously described landscape characteristics and observations on flight direction of drones in nearby apiaries, 36 candidate locations were chosen across the main i...
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Molecular detection of predation by identifying prey markers in the digestive tract of predators has developed into a powerful tool to assess predator-prey systems in which diet identification is too time consuming or impossible. Here we explore its utility for detecting predation of the pest mite Raoiella indica Hirst by the predatory mite Amblyse...
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Degraded lands in the Colombian Andes have been restored by means of monospecific tree plantations of native and exotic species, and by abandoning lands to natural regeneration. Both methods rapidly produce a vegetation cover that helps to stabilize soils, but the value of resulting ecosystems for wildlife needs to be evaluated. We assessed the eff...
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We studied how substrate availability and dispersal ability influence the distribution pattern of a saproxylic beetle, Spasalus crenatus (MacLeay) (Coleoptera: Passalidae), in a subtropical forest. Members of this species consume deadwood and contribute to material cycling in forests. We tested two hypotheses to explain abundance and distribution p...
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Colony condition and differences in individual preferences influence forage type collected by bees. Physiological bases for the changing preferences of individual foragers are just beginning to be examined. Recently, for honey bees octopamine is shown to influence age at onset of foraging and probability of dance for rewards. However, octopamine ha...
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tnJ 1ndian;i are cl~rrently developing techniques for large-scale planting of chestnut, which we hope to hegin within this decade. Wc are still f<~rinu-laring plans to implement these rcchniilrles. The rimher value of chesmur may promtire its wi~lc-scale planting, uhich may also he of great henefit to wildlife. Indica-ticins ate that wildlife level...
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Male honey bees fly and gather at Drone Congregation Areas (DCAs), where drones and queens mate in flight. DCAs occur in places with presumably characteristic features. Using previously described landscape characteristics and observations on flight direction of drones in nearby apiaries, 36 candidate locations were chosen across the main island of...

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Examine patterns and processes at microbiological, entomological, and socio-ecological levels. We study the microbiological communities of the wax moths Galleria mellonella and Achroia grisella (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae) and the dynamics of waste in terrestrial ecosystems, with emphasis in northwestern Argentina.
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Study the influence of Apis mellifera's genetic composition on the behavior of this species across a hybridization region in Argentina