Camilla S. Almeida

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A range of behavioural strategies and sensory abilities allows animals to minimize costs involved in food search. By building a network of tunnels and presenting a large number of soldiers (i.e., trophically dependent individuals), Nasutitermes spp. termites feature behaviours that imply additional costs during this process. Here we evaluated N. aff.(More)
Behavioural responses of organisms are frequently affected by variation in resource availability. For eusocial insects, the nutritional status of the colony can modulate responses to chemical cues determining intra- and inter-colonial aggressiveness. Species co-occurrence in termites seems to be modulated by resource availability. Here, we tested the(More)
Hyptis pectinata, popularly known as 'sambacaitá' or 'canudinho', is a medicinal and aromatic species widely used in the Brazilian Northeast. In Sergipe, the excessive extraction of natural resources may reduce the genetic variability of native plants. Thus, molecular markers have frequently been applied to the characterization of genetic diversity as the(More)
Habitat fragmentation is considered to be one of the biggest threats to tropical ecosystem functioning. In this region, termites perform an important ecological role as decomposers and ecosystem engineers. In the present study, we tested whether termite community is negatively affected by edge effects on three fragments of Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest.(More)
Organisms acquire energy from environment and must allocate it among different life traits (growth, maintenance and reproduction). Social insects must manage the energy allocation to various levels such as colony growth and caste functions. Here, we addressed the question of whether resource density affects the energy allocation to the number of individuals(More)
Plants with extrafloral nectaries attract a variety of ant species, in associations commonly considered mutualistic. However, the results of such interactions can be context dependent. Turnera subulata is a shrub widely distributed among disturbed areas which has extrafloral nectaries at the base of leaves. Here, we evaluated whether the ants associated(More)
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