Regulatory News

This January, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Company (EMBRAPA) presented the Inventory of Animal Genetic Resources, a publication with information about the animals that are part of the company's Conservation program from the north to the south of Brazil. Edited by researchers Maria do Socorro Maués and Patricia Ianella, the book gathers data on the animals that are part of the EMBRAPA conservation program of animal genetic resources. It has 26 authors and two collaborators, and represents 12 EMBRAPA research units - Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (Brasília, DF); Middle North (Teresina, PI); Beef Cattle (Campo Grande, MS); Fisheries and Aquaculture (Palmas, TO); Pigs and Birds (Concordia, SC); Coastal Trails (Aracaju, SE); Livestock South (Bage, RS); Eastern Amazonia (Belem, PA); Goats and Sheep (Sobral, CE); Pantanal (Corumba, MS); Roraima (Boa Vista, RR) and Rice and Beans (Santo Antonio de Goias, GO).

Among the animals studied are stingless bees native to Brazil. According to the publication, stingless bees belong to the Meliponina group, with 52 known genera and 300 identified species. Native Brazilians even before colonization already exploited them. They are found in South America, Central America, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Australia, New Guinea and Africa, and are responsible for pollination of 30% to 90% of native species.

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