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 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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