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Allen-Wardell, G., Bernhardt, P., Bitner, P., Burquez, A., Buchmann, S., Cane, J., Cox, P.A., Dalton, V., Feisinger, P., Ingram, M., Inouye, D., Jones, C.E., Kennedy, K., Kevan, P., Koopowitz, H., Medellin-Morales, S. and Nabhan, G.P. (1998) The Potential Consequences of Pollinator Decline on the Biodiversity and Stability of Food Crop Yields. Conservation Biology, 12, 8-17. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1523-1739.1998.97154.x

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  • TITLE: Highway Infrastructure, Protected Areas, and Orchid Bee Distribution and Conservation in the Brazilian Amazon

    AUTHORS: Marcio L. Oliveira, John C. Brown, Marcelo P. Moreira

    KEYWORDS: Amazonia, Collections, Deforestation, Euglossini, Roads

    JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Environmental Protection, Vol.8 No.8, July 27, 2017

    ABSTRACT: Scientists regularly lament that development and habitat destruction in once isolated and distant areas are promoting species extinction before species can even be known by science. In the Brazilian Amazon, the government’s Plan for Growth Acceleration in part involves major improvements and expansion of highways. Such infrastructure has long been linked to the main causes of deforestation in this region. It is essential for scientists to assess where to target bio-diversity collections in relation to the location of road development and existing protected areas. The objective of this study was to amass all of the records of occurrence of orchid bees in digital form, in order to obtain a spatial picture of our knowledge thus far and to make recommendations about priority areas for future collections and the role of protected areas in species conservation. The collection data used for this study come from various collection efforts, and were also gathered from the literature. The collection data were then imported into a Geographic Information System, making it possible to integrate other spatial data layers such as highways, conservation units, indigenous lands and forest cover. Results show a major need for collections along the BR 163 and BR 230 highways, heavily deforested areas with few conservation units. We suggest the creation of conservation units and recommend that abandoned areas be allowed to remain fallow as a way to help save additional biodiversity in the area of influence of these two main highways.