Zootaxa has published a study in which USAL Professor Felix Torres has collaborated to analyze the biodiversity and conservation status of this first order pollinator in the Iberian Peninsula.

When we think of bees, for most of us the image of the tireless worker insect comes to mind, ordered according to a social structure around a perfect hive of hexagonal cells that, in addition, provides one of the most complete and healthy foods that can be obtained: Honey.

Nothing could be further from this sweet idea; in nature more than 20,000 different species of bees can be found where the percentage of those domesticated and used for the production of honey is significantly small compared to the vast majority of individuals who compose this large family: mostly wild, solitary and with a primordial role as pollinators for the preservation and balance of ecosystems all over the planet.

In this regard, one of the main impact journals of Zoology, Zootaxa, has recently published part of the research involving the USAL zoologist Felix Torres Gonzalez which provides details on the decline of populations of bumblebees – as a first order pollinator agent – in the natural ecosystem of the Pyrenees. Of the 37 species known in the area “we have only found the presence of 28 and we posit that their disappearance in areas where they were once common is due to changes in the climate and the modification of the landscape by human action,” stated this Professor from the Department of Animal Biology, Ecology, Parasitology and Soil Science when speaking to University of Salamanca Communication.

More information: Comunicación Universidad de Salamanca

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Universidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.

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