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WebBee. A Brazilian information network on bees . Antonio Mauro Saraiva Universidade de São Paulo. CODATA Workshop – 8-10 May 2007 Atibaia - Brazil. About Pollinators. > 80% of flowering plants are pollinated by animals. > 1/3 of the world's major food crops.

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WebBee

  • A Brazilian information network on bees.

  • Antonio Mauro Saraiva

  • Universidade de São Paulo

CODATA Workshop – 8-10 May 2007

Atibaia - Brazil


About pollinators
About Pollinators

  • > 80% of flowering plants are pollinated by animals.

  • > 1/3 of the world's major food crops.

  • $200 Billion annually in value for global agriculture.

  • 10,000 bee, 500 bat, and 300 hummingbird species in the Americas

  • There is growing evidence that pollinators are declining in the Americas and globally.


Initially a web based monitoring system
Initially: a web-based monitoring system

  • Focus on automatic data acquisition


Colony monitoring network
Colony monitoring network

  • Temperature, Humidity

  • Flight activity

    • Bee counter

  • thermoregulation


A step ahead an information system
A step ahead: an information system

  • Knowledge and information on bees need to be

    • organized, preserved, shared, published(!)

  • Target audience

    • scientists, beekeepers, students, teachers, policy makers, agricultural producers…

      • Increase public awareness on the importance and uses of pollinators

    • in Portuguese and other languages


Webbee information system
WebBee: information system

  • Contents:

    • Bee species data: biology, taxonomy, distribution,

    • Hives, equipment & numerical data

    • Beekeeping, plants visited

    • Bibliography

  • Dynamic web pages: database

  • Multimedia: texts, images, videos

  • Web–based: easy access and sharing


  • WebBee

    Database – Species catalog

    • images and texts


    WebBee

    Database – Weather station (at IB – USP, São Paulo)

    graphics and table


    WebBee

    Database of Bibliography

    Documents: description and (some) files


    Webbee a network

    WeB

    Bee

    WebBee - a network

    • Groups cooperate on providing data

      • Species information

      • Experimental data / weather stations

      • By region, taxon…

    • Distributed Effort

    • Intellectual property

      • authorship

      • neutral domain: www.webbee.org.br


    Participants

    WeB

    Bee

    Participants:

    BeeLab – Instituto de Biociências da USP

    Agricultural Automation Lab – Escola Politécnica - USP

    Embrapa Amazônia Oriental

    Labe - Empresa Baiana de Desenvolvimento Agrícola – EBDA

    Universidade Est. de Feira de Santana - UEFS


    Status

    Centralized database

    Remote data-entry tool

    Other features:

    plants visited (names, images)

    pollen characteristics

    Status


    Brazilian Pollinators Initiative (BPI) website

    • events

    • publications

    • timeline

    • activities


    Other features
    Other features

    • tribute to important Brazilian scientists

      • Web pages for

        • Dr. Jesus S. Moure,

        • Dr. Paulo Nogueira Neto

        • Dr. Warwick E. Kerr,

          • have already been / are being developed.

    • Individual contributions

      • Dr. Rodrigo Singer

        • Bees and orchids

      • Dr. Anthony Raw

        • megachilidae


    Virtual network center of ecosystem services
    Virtual network center of ecosystem services

    • Research consortium

      • Escola Politécnica & Instituto de Biociências (USP),

      • Instituto de Botânica

      • University of California, S. Diego

    • Objectives

      • Develop WebLabs on two ecosystem services

        • Pollination

        • Photosynthesis

        • Research / Education / Awareness raising

        • Use / develop content / applications for the Advanced Internet


    High resolution images of bees

    • Database

      • high resolution images (several Mpixels)


    High resolution images for identification and classification

    Instead of this image

    • It may replace the real specimen

      • which is usually sent by mail for comparison


    Use of video via internet on r e on pollination
    Use of Video via Internet on R&Eon Pollination

    Objectives:

    • Research

      • Allow remote access to field or lab experiments

      • Facilitate collaboration between researchers

      • Use an Advanced Internet for real-time video streaming: HD video

    • Education / training / decision making

      • Make available materials on biology/ keeping of bees

      • Reach wider audience

      • “commodity” Internet – SD videos


    Database video
    Database - Video

    • Research and educational videos

      • SD video(640x480)

        • easy access via Internet

      • behavioral patterns of each species.

      • students, researchers and beekeepers can recognize bee species

    Behavior at the bee hive

    entrance (Melipona crinita)


    The iabin pollinators thematic network

    The IABIN Pollinators Thematic Network

    InterAmerican Biodiversity Information Network


    Ptn vision
    PTN Vision

    A Pollinators Thematic Network for the Americas

    which will facilitate integration of information about pollinators

    in an efficient retrieval system


    Iabin ptn
    IABIN - PTN

    • Co-Evolution Institute

    • Universidade de Sao Paulo

    • ITIS - Integrated Taxonomic Information System

    • NBII - National Biological Information Infrastructure

    • CRIA - Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental


    Ptn system content
    PTN System Content

    • Scientific and common names

    • Experts

    • Specimens and observations

    • Pollinator-plant associations

    • Literature



    Ptn group portal
    PTN Group Portal

    pollinators.incubadora.fapesp.br


    Thank you
    Thank you !

    Visit us at:

    http://www.webbee.org.br