This experiment is part of the Bees Challenge Grant. Browse more projects

Heavy Metals Bees: how do they indicates the transference of heavy metals through terrestrial food webs?

Federal University of Ouro Preto
Brazil
Earth ScienceGrant: Bees
$44
Raised
1%
Ended on 12/26/16
Campaign Ended
  • $44
    pledged
  • 1%
    funded
  • Finished
    on 12/26/16

About This Project

Heavy metals are released into the environment by both anthropogenic and natural sources. Highly reactive and often toxic at low concentrations, they may bioaccumulate in food webs, and adversely affect biota. Bees may come in contact with environmental contaminants in the flowers they forage. How is the role of bees as bioindicators or biomarkers of environmental contamination by heavy metals?


Ask the Scientists

Join The Discussion

What is the context of this research?

Polluting vast areas worldwide, heavy metals are highly reactive and toxic at low concentrations, posing severe risks to human and ecosystem health While many heavy metals are naturally present in the rocks and atmosphere, humans may promote heavy metal pollution through activities such as mining, transportation, and industrial manufacturing, as well as applying metal-containing pesticides and fertilizers in commercial agriculture. These activities release metals into the environment through waste disposal, runoff, and application of heavy metal-laden chemical products, which then may enter terrestrial systems via aerial deposition, surface waters, or soil.

What is the significance of this project?

While many studies of heavy metals focus on metal accumulation in individual taxa fewer studies examine community level effects of heavy metals, including their ability to transfer through a food chain and bioaccumulate in higher trophic levels

What are the goals of the project?

We intend to understand what will happen to the accumulating plants and pollinators that occur in areas contaminated by heavy metals originating from mining activities. That is, if the increase in the amount of metals can reduce the number of bees visiting the plants and reduce the reproductive success of both in a cascading effect.

Budget

Please wait...

This budget is critical by helping us to enlarge the visibility of our results - by helping with money to attend international conference. Besides, we have some funding to do the experiments, but the costs with material and field work (chemical products to to the analysis) are very high.

Endorsed by

I think this is a very important project that will try to better understand the role of bees as bioindicator of enviromental pollution.

Meet the Team

Yasmine Antonini
Yasmine Antonini

Affiliates

Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil
View Profile
Alessandra Rodrigues Kozovits
Alessandra Rodrigues Kozovits
Prof. Dr.

Affiliates

Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil
View Profile
Nathália de Oliveira Nascimento
Nathália de Oliveira Nascimento

Affiliates

Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil
View Profile

Yasmine Antonini

I am a biologist, with PhD in Ecology. I have been studying the effect's of mining activities on the stingless bees community since 2007..

Alessandra Rodrigues Kozovits

I am a biologist, with PhD in Ecology. I have been searching for plants that are heavy metal accumulators.

Nathália de Oliveira Nascimento

PhD candidate. I am conducting the field work with the heavy metal bees.

Lab Notes

Nothing posted yet.


Project Backers

  • 3Backers
  • 1%Funded
  • $44Total Donations
  • $14.67Average Donation
Please wait...