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Internacional Pollination Course

Decenber 2nd to 14th, 2013
Lençóis, Chapada Diamantina (BA) – Brazil


We are pleased to announce the 2013 edition of the International Pollination Field Course, celebrating 10 years of the course in Brazil, a project supported by the Brazilian Pollinators Initiative (BPI), and the Rede Baiana de Polinizadores (Repol). The INTERNATIONAL POLLINATION COURSE is designed primarily for conservation biologists and pollination ecologists, and other researchers whose research, training, or teaching responsibilities require a greater understanding of pollination biology. The main purpose of the course is to provide participants with sufficient knowledge and experience to work on pollinators’ conservation. A pollination background is not required. The Pollination Course is limited to 30 participants.

The course is delivered in both English and Portuguese and at least more than half the students are expected to be from Brazilian universities.  The course manual is in English. Thus, there is lots of opportunity for cultural exchange and making new friends.

The edition of 2013 is organized by the Universidade Federal da Bahia, and will be supported by the Brazilian Ministry of Environment (MMA), GEF/FAO Global Pollination Project, Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (FUNBIO), Canadian Pollination Initiative (NSERC-CANPOLIN), Canadian Embassy in Brazil and Brazilian funding agencies.

The pollination course is an ongoing course, offered annually in Brazil. It was presented for the first time in Mexico (1990) co-sponsored by the University of Guelph and by the Jardin Botanico, Estacion de Biologia Chamela y Los Tuxtlas of the National Autonomus University of Mexico (UNAM). The course has also been presented in the National University, Heredia in Costa Rica (2001) at St. Louis University, the Missouri Botanical Garden (2001),  National Parque of Chapada Diamantina, Lençóis, Bahia, Brazil (2003), Mucugê, Bahia, Brazil (2005 and 2007), Limoeiro do Norte, Ceara, Brazil (2008) Parque Nacional de Aparados da Serra, Rio Grande do Sul (2010), Floresta Nacional de Caxiuanã, Pará, Brazil (2011) and Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros, Goiás, Brazil (2012). 2013 edition will be at the same location of the 2003 edition, in the city of Lençóis, in the Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil.

The course will cover issues related to pollination ecology, evolution of animal-plant interactions, and pollinator conservation biology. Practical classes and exercises will be conducted in the field and in the laboratory. The students will have to develop a small project, which will be presented to all participants for the conclusion of the course. The report of the projects will be published in a course book.

1. Lectures:

  • Floristic diversity of the Chapada Diamantina
  • Vegetation types and physicals aspects of Chapada Diamantina
  • Plant and floral adaptations
  • Botanical aspects of pollination
  • Floral rewards
  • Floral attractants
  • Diversity of plant breeding systems
  • Zoological aspects of pollination
  • Palynological tools in ecological studies
  • Wind pollination
  • Foraging behavior of pollinators
  • Community structure and plant-pollinators interaction network
  • Conservation of pollination services in the landscape
  • Pollination in agro-ecosystem
  • Evolutionary ecology of pollination

2. Laboratory exercises and demonstrations:

  • Functional morphology of flowers
  • Methods in floral biology
  • Methods in pollination biology
  • Identification of bees

3. Field exercises will be arranged according to plant species bloomed and pollinators available in the area during 10th to 22th September.

4. Students projects presentations.