José Mesquita-Neto

José Mesquita-Neto
Universidad Católica del Maule | UCM · Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas y Químicas

PhD

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Additional affiliations
October 2019 - July 2020
Universidad Católica del Maule
Position
  • Researcher
June 2018 - September 2019
Universidad Católica del Maule
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
July 2013 - October 2017
Federal University of Minas Gerais
Field of study
  • Plant Biology
September 2011 - September 2013
Universidade Federal de Goiás
Field of study
  • Plant Biology
July 2007 - July 2011
Universidade Federal de Goiás
Field of study
  • Biology

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Publications (23)
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Heteranthery, the presence of feeding and pollinating anthers in the same flower, seems to mediate the evolutionary dilemma for plants to protect their gametes and yet provide food for pollinators. This study aims to elucidate the role of heteranthery in the buzz-pollinated Senna reniformis. The fecundity of pollen from long, medium and short-size...
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Blueberry is one of the most relevant buzz‐pollinated crops worldwide and Chile is the most important global producer of fresh blueberries during wintertime in the Northern Hemisphere. Thousands of exotic Bombus terrestris are imported from Europe to pollinate blueberries. However, no study has investigated the performance of the native Chilean fau...
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Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) flowers are morphologically adapted to biotic pollination, although it is partially autogamous. We evaluated the effect of pollinator visits on pod and seed production of 14 local creole cultivars of P. vulgaris, commonly used in organic farming. We collected descriptive data observing the flower visitors and est...
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Bee-mediated pollination greatly increases the size and weight of tomato fruits. Therefore, distinguishing between the local set of bees–those that are efficient pollinators–is essential to improve the economic returns for farmers. To achieve this, it is important to know the identity of the visiting bees. Nevertheless, the traditional taxonomic id...
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Premise: Flowering plants with poricidal anthers are commonly visited by buzzing bees, which vibrate flowers to extract pollen. However, not all flower visitors are in fact pollinators, and features such as body size and duration of flower visits are important factors in determining pollination effectiveness. We tested whether bee-to-flower size r...
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Background: Chile is the second largest avocado producer in the world. However, there have been few studies on interactions between native bees and avocado pollination in a Chilean environment. The flowering period of avocado is very sensitive to temperature fluctuations and so environmental conditions, particularly cool temperatures, can have a st...
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The specialised mutualism between Tococa guianensis and ants housed in its leaf domatia is a well-known example of myrmecophily. A pollination study on this species revealed that flowers in the bud stage exude a sugary solution that is collected by ants. Given the presence of this unexpected nectar secretion, we investigated how, where, and when fl...
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Orchidaceae is a diverse group with conservation issues all over the World. Due to its endangered situation, knowledge about its reproductive biology is needed to plan conservation strategies. We conducted a study during October 2016 and October 2017 in Maule region, Chile and discovered the following unreported interactions: Colletes seminitidus S...
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Mesochorus species are hyperparasitoids capable of nullifying biological control agents. This study is the first to map and predict the distribution of this genus in Brazil. Species distribution modeling was used to estimate the potential distribution of Mesochorus. We obtained 72 occurrence records of 49 Mesochorus species, being 30 endemics. Acco...
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The tomato is widely cultivated throughout the world and requires pollination by wild or managed bees to realize its full-potential fruit production. Two different sampling methods (pan trapping and active sampling) were employed in nine different properties from June to September of 2011 to investigate the richness and abundance of native bee spec...
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1.In flowers with poricidal anthers, pollen is not freely accessible and legitimate access is restricted to bees capable of vibrating the anthers. Despite the protection of pollen provided by poricidal anthers, numerous illegitimate, non‐buzz‐pollinating flower visitors rob pollen. 2.We aimed to quantify the influence of functional groups of floral...
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Sympatric plant species that flower at the same time in highly seasonal environments are subject to competitive interference. Many species of the genus Psychotria (Rubiaceae) are sympatric and have an aggregated flowering period, which may have a strong influence on interactions among these species and their pollinators. We assessed the strategies...
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Heteranthery, the presence of different types of stamens in a flower, may reduce the conflict between pollinators and plants by ensuring the resource for the pollinator without drastically affecting the availability of viable male gametes for fertilization, according to the division-of-labor hypothesis. We investigated whether the poricidal anthers...
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The leafhopper Poekilloptera phalaenoides L. (Auchenorrhyncha: Flatidae) is a very important species in agriculture because it causes damages and economic losses in agricultural activities. In observing fragments of semi-deciduous forest, riparian forest and cerrado forest (Cerradão) in Jataí, Montividiu and Paraúna in the southwest of the state of...
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No Brasil, o cerrado é o segundo maior bioma em extensão e o terceiro com maior riquezade aves, com aproximadamente 837 espécies. Destas, 36 são endêmicas do bioma e 48 estãoem algum nível de ameaça. O objetivo deste estudo foi determinar a riqueza, a abundância,a estrutura trófica e analisar a composição da comunidade de aves ocorrentes em áreas d...
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The pollinating bees provide an essential service to the ecosystem and bring numerous benefits to society, through its role in food production and conservation of biological diversity. Tooth material respects this economic valuation of this service. Thus, this study aims to estimate the economic value of pollination by bees in agricultural crops in...
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Cabralea canjerana subsp. canjerana is a common species in the Atlantic Forest, occurring in several areas of this biome. Yet, little is known about its reproductive strategies. This study aims to understand the reproductive biology of this subspecies, including floral biology, sexual system, and pollination biology. Male and female plants have mor...
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Background and aims – In highly seasonal habitats, sympatric species are often constrained to flower simultaneously. Many sympatric species of Psychotria have similar floral traits, are pollinated by bees, moths, butterflies and flies and flower at the same time of year. This genus provides an opportunity to analyse the relationships between sympat...
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The species Leucaena leucocephala (Lam.) R. de Wit., known as leucaena, is originally from Central America. It has been considered a pioneer with high densities of individuals in its populations that could prevent the development of native species. The present study aims to understand the reproductive biology of L. leucocephala, synthetizing inform...
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Rare and narrowly endemic species are more vulnerable to extinction due to their restricted geographical distribution. the genus Petunia has 14 species and most of them are endemic to a restricted area. Four Petunia species that grow in Southern Brazil were studied: P. bonjardinensis, P. reitzii, P. integrifolia subsp. depauperata, and P. exserta....
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Os ambientes urbanos têm se tornado refúgio para muitas espécies, entre as quais algumas abelhas da tribo Euglossini. O grupo inclui espécies dotadas de grande capacidade de voo, por isso são consideradas importantes polinizadores neotropicais. São escassas informações sobre Euglossini no Cerrado, são incompletas informações como a distribuição geo...

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Estudiar las abejas nativas polinizadoras de la Región del Maule y sus relaciones ecológicas con la vegetación nativa de la Región del Maule, caracterizando taxonómicamente los ejemplares encontrados y describiendo su hábitat, biología y estado actual de conservación, para finalmente divulgar los resultados por medio de la vinculación con actores sociales tanto a nivel regional como nacional. Fondo Protección Ambiental (FPA) NAC-I-025-2014 del Ministerio del Medio Ambiente-Chile
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To characterize the use of natural resources in the agroecosystems in the Cerrado, verifying the biological interactions, functioning of the environment activities in relation to the biotic and abiotic components. The activities of man in relation to the ecosystem, observing its productive aspects and social aspects are also investigated, and related to the functioning of this agroecosystem.