Pot-Pollen in Stingless Bee Melittology

  • Patricia Vit
  • Silvia R.M. Pedro
  • David W. Roubik

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Pollen and the Evolution of Mutualism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David W. Roubik, Jorge Enrique Moreno Patiño
      Pages 3-15
    3. Maria L. Absy, André R. Rech, Marcos G. Ferreira
      Pages 29-46
    4. Rogel Villanueva-Gutiérrez, David W. Roubik, Wilberto Colli-Ucán, Margarito Tuz-Novelo
      Pages 67-76
    5. Roziah Ghazi, Nur Syuhadah Zulqurnain, Wahizatul Afzan Azmi
      Pages 77-88
    6. Camila Maia-Silva, Amanda Aparecida Castro Limão, Michael Hrncir, Jaciara da Silva Pereira, Vera Lucia Imperatriz-Fonseca
      Pages 89-101
    7. Elia Ramírez-Arriaga, Karina G. Pacheco-Palomo, Yolanda B. Moguel-Ordoñez, Raquel Zepeda García Moreno, Luis M. Godínez-García
      Pages 111-130
    8. Juan Carlos Di Trani, Rogel Villanueva-Gutiérrez
      Pages 131-138
    9. Virginia Meléndez Ramírez, Ricardo Ayala, Hugo Delfín González
      Pages 139-153
    10. Favio Gerardo Vossler, Diego César Blettler, Guillermina Andrea Fagúndez, Milagros Dalmazzo
      Pages 155-175
  3. Biodiversity, Behavior and Microorganisms of the Stingless Bees (Meliponini)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Edgard Cédric Fabre Anguilet, Taofic Alabi, Bach Kim Nguyen, Toussaint Ndong Bengone, Éric Haubruge, Frédéric Francis
      Pages 179-188
    3. Patricia Vit, Silvia R. M. Pedro, Favian Maza, Virginia Meléndez Ramírez, Viviana Frisone
      Pages 207-227
    4. Robert Kajobe, David W. Roubik
      Pages 229-240
    5. Paula Calaça, Cláudia Simeão, Esther Margarida Bastos, Carlos Augusto Rosa, Yasmine Antonini
      Pages 241-252
    6. Cristiano Menezes, Camila Raquel Paludo, Mônica Tallarico Pupo
      Pages 253-262
    7. Marcela Villegas-Plazas, Judith Figueroa-Ramírez, Carla Portillo, Paola Monserrate, Víctor Tibatá, Oswaldo Andrés Sánchez et al.
      Pages 263-279
  4. Stingless Bees in Culture and Traditions

  5. Chemical Composition, Bioactivity and Biodiversity of Pot-Pollen

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-311
    2. Bajaree Chuttong, Rewat Phongphisutthinant, Korawan Sringarm, Michael Burgett, Ortrud Monika Barth
      Pages 313-324
    3. Adriana Contreras-Oliva, Juan Antonio Pérez-Sato, Fernando Carlos Gómez-Merino, Luz Anel López-Garay, Rogel Villanueva-Gutiérrez, María Magdalena Crosby-Galván et al.
      Pages 325-337
    4. Patricia Vit, Bertha Santiago, María Peña-Vera, Elizabeth Pérez-Pérez
      Pages 339-347
    5. Rogério Marcos de Oliveira Alves, Geni da Silva Sodré, Carlos Alfredo Lopes Carvalho
      Pages 349-360
    6. Patricia Vit, Giancarlo Ricciardelli D’Albore, Ortrud Monika Barth, María Peña-Vera, Elizabeth Pérez-Pérez
      Pages 361-375
    7. Elizabeth Pérez-Pérez, Miguel Sulbarán-Mora, Ortrud Monika Barth, Carmelina Flavia Massaro, Patricia Vit
      Pages 377-390
    8. Miguel Sulbarán-Mora, Elizabeth Pérez-Pérez, Patricia Vit
      Pages 391-399
    9. Carmelina Flavia Massaro, Tommaso Francesco Villa, Caroline Hauxwell
      Pages 401-417
  6. Marketing and Standards of Pot-Pollen

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 419-419
    2. Sol Martínez-Fortún, Carlos Ruiz, Natalia Acosta Quijano, Patricia Vit
      Pages 421-434
    3. Rogério Marcos de Oliveira Alves, Carlos Alfredo Lopes Carvalho
      Pages 435-443
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 445-481

About this book


This book covers pot-pollen—the other product, besides honey, stored in cerumen pots by Meliponini. Critical assessment is given of stingless bee and pot-pollen biodiversity in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Topics addressed include historical biogeography, cultural knowledge, bee foraging behavior, pollination, ecological interactions, health applications, microbiology, the natural history of bee nests, and chemical, bioactive and individual plant components in stored pollen.
Pot-pollen maintains the livelihoods of stingless bees and provides many interesting biological products that are just now beginning to be understood. The Meliponini have developed particular nesting biologies, uses of building materials, and an architecture for pollen storage. Environmental windows provide optimal temperature and availability of pollen sources for success in plant pollination and pollen storage. Palynological composition and pollen taxonomy are used to assess stingless honey bee pollination services. Pollen processing with microorganisms in the nest modifies chemical composition and bioactivity, and confers nutraceutical benefits to the honey and pollen widely relished by native people. Humans have always used stingless bees. Yet, sustainable meliponiculture (stingless bee-keeping) projects have so far lacked a treatise on pot-pollen, which experts provide in this transdisciplinary, groundbreaking volume.


Food Chemistry Conservation Biology Sociobiology Entomology Food Science Ethnopharmacology South America Meliponini honey pot-pollen stingless bee beekeeping

Editors and affiliations

  • Patricia Vit
    • 1
  • Silvia R.M. Pedro
    • 2
  • David W. Roubik
    • 3
  1. 1.Food Science Department, Faculty of Pharmacy and BioanalysisUniversidad de Los AndesMeridaVenezuela
  2. 2.Biology Department, School of Philosophy, Sciences and LiteratureUniversidade de São PauloRibeirao PretoBrazil
  3. 3.Smithsonian Tropical Research InstituteBalboaPanama

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