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President of Pollination and Bee Flora Commission

Lucas Alejandro Garibaldi
Instituto de Investigaciones en Recursos Naturales, Agroecología y Desarrollo Rural (IRNAD)

Sede Andina, Universidad Nacional de Río Negro
Mitre 630, CP 8400, San Carlos de Bariloche
Argentina
tel.: +542944437496
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The major objectives of the commission are in accordance to the general objectives of Apimondia which are to promote apicultural scientific, technical and economic development. The Apimondia Standing Commission for Melliferous Flora and Pollination (SCMFP) is working to realise these objectives along two major lines:

- the role of bees as necessary pollinators for agricultural crops and natural flora;
- the importance of plants as food sources, mainly for pollen and nectar, for bees.

Concerning the function of bees in pollination, it is the task of the Apimondia SCMFP to obtain more knowledge about the pollinator essentials to improve the production of traditional crops, and of those crops that offer important new perspectives. The Commission deals with Apis bees, but looks also into the specific role that is played by bees other than Apis mellifera, and also non-Apis bees, for example bumble bees. The Commission is also working on obtaining knowledge concerning special characteristics of honey types from certain regions and on analysis of the botanical origin of honeys, pollen and even propolis. It remains active in the identification and study of pollen grains (Mellisopalynology) of beefoodplants and honey producing plants in different countries. The Commission is involved of the attention that must be given to the role that bees play as pollinators of the natural environment.

- PhD Karina Antúnez

Honey bee colony losses and their potential causes, including pest and pathogens, nutrition and pesticides
Departamento de Microbiología, Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable. Montevideo, Uruguay.
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- PhD. Julie C. Brodeur (CONICET-Researcher)

Pesticide Ecotoxicologist
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nstituto de Recursos Biológicos (IRB) Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) Castelar, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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- PhD Antonio Felicioli
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Wild and managed bees in sustainable farming
Department of Veterinary Sciences of Pisa University, Italy.
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- Abogado Pedro S. Kaufmann (UBA)
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Beekeeper - Mesa Directiva Sociedad Argentina de Apicultores
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- Ing. Agr. Lucas Landi

Colony surveillance for an integrative approach and to provide data to make informed decisions
Instituto de Recursos Biológicos (IRB) Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) Castelar, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Cátedra de Apicultura, Departamento de Zootecnia, Facultad de Agronomía, Universidad de Buenos Aires.
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- PhD Michael Orr
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PIFI Postdoctoral Fellow
Solitary bee biology and systematics
Key Laboratory of Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Institute of Zoology
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

PhD Fabrice Requier

Flower-food selection and foraging behaviour of (managed and wild) bees in farmlands and subsequent effects on life-history traits.
Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, University of Würzburg, Germany.
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- PhD Ljubiša Stanisavljevic
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"The role of bees as pollinators"
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Biology, Serbia.
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