MOUNTAIN
RESEARCH
CENTER

Polytechnic Institute
of Bragança

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CIMO

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FROM NATURE TO PRODUCTS, TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY.

Maria Alice da Silva Pinto

Coordinator Professor
Group: Socio-Ecological Systems
Phone: 273303389
E-mail: apinto@ipb.pt
ORCID: 0000-0001-9663-8399
Scopus Author ID: 8085507800

Career

  • Since 2021: Coordinator Professor, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Bragança, Portugal
  • 1997 - 2021: Auxiliary Professor, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Bragança, Portugal
  • 1990 - 1997: Assistant Professor, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Bragança, Portugal

Roles

  • Since 2013: Program director of the Master in Management of Forest Resources
  • Since 2012: Member of “Comissão Única de Creditação de Competências”
  • 2008 - 2009: Vice-Head of Department
  • 2005 - 2009: Program director of the “Licenciatura” in Forest Engineering
  • 1999 - 2009: Member of the Scientific Committee
  • 1991 - 1992: Head of Department

Qualifications

  • 2003 - PhD. in Entomology, Texas A&M University, USA
  • 1996 - MSc. in Integrated Pest Management, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal
  • 1990 - First degree in Forest Engineering, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal

Interests

  • examining patterns of genetic diversity and underlying processes in hybrid zones using the honey bee as the model organism. I developed an interest in hybrid zones after witnessing the genesis of a honey bee hybrid zone in North America (Africanization process). I used molecular markers (microsatellites and PCR-RFLP) to study the genetics of a contemporary secondary contact between populations that had evolved in two different continents. Currently, I am interested in understanding the evolutionary processes that have shaped the diversity patterns of one of the most challenging honey bee subspecies: the Iberian honey bee, which has an hybrid origin. To that end, my research team has been using high throughput technology to genotype hundreds of SNPs, which have been analyzed using the tools of population and landscape genomics. Recently, we moved to whole genome sequencing using next generation technology. The aim is to dissect genome-wide (neutral) from genome-specific effects (adaptive) which will hopefully lead to more robust inferences of the Iberian honey bee demographic history and to identification of adaptive divergence history. The ultimate goal of my research is to build a scientific background that can be used in breeding and conservation programs of the Iberian honey bee.

Projects:

INSIGNIA-EU - Preparatory action for monitoring of environmental pollution using honey bees
Funding body: DG Environment, European Comission
Reference: ENV/2021/OP/0014 of 28-09-2021
Principal Investigator:Maria Alice da Silva Pinto
Start: 2021-12-20
End: 2024-06-20
- Plano Estratégico de Gestão Integrada da Vespa velutina para o Território das Terras de Trás-os-Montes
Funding body: POSEUR - Programa Operacional Sustentabilidade e Eficiência no Uso de Recursos
Reference:
Principal Investigator:Maria Alice da Silva Pinto
Start: 2021-11-10
End: 2023-06-30
BEEHAPPY - Bee (Apis mellifera L.) Health in the Azores: comparing ePidemiological Patterns in a unique natural laboratory
Funding body: FCT - SAICT
Reference: 02/SAICT/2017
Principal Investigator:Maria Alice da Silva Pinto
Start: 2018-06-01
End: 2022-05-31
INSIGNIA - Pilot study on environmental monitoring of pesticide use through honeybees
Funding body: European Comission: PPPA-AG Pilot Project & Preparation Action Grant
Reference:
Principal Investigator:Maria Alice da Silva Pinto
Start: 2018-11-01
End: 2021-03-30
ApisCibus - Artificial food for honeybees: quality survey, digestibility and performance on the bee hive
Funding body: PAN - 2017-2019
Reference:
Principal Investigator:Miguel José Rodrigues Vilas Boas
Start: 2017-03-01
End: 2020-08-30
BEEHEAL - Promoting the Bee Health for Sustainable Agriculture
Funding body: FCT-ERA-NET
Reference:
Principal Investigator:Maria Alice da Silva Pinto
Start: 2017-09-27
End: 2020-03-27
SUPER-B - Sustainable pollination in Europe - joint research on bees and other pollinators
Funding body: COST - European Cooperation in Science & Technology
Reference: FA COST Action FA1307
Principal Investigator:Maria Alice da Silva Pinto
Start: 2014-01-01
End: 2018-12-31
BEEHOPE - Honeybee conservation centres in Western Europe - an innovative strategy using sustainable beekeeping to reduce honeybee decline
Funding body: ERA-NET
Reference: BiodivERsa/0002/2014
Principal Investigator:Maria Alice da Silva Pinto
Start: 2015-01-01
End: 2018-09-30
GesVespa - Sustainable management strategies of Vespa velutina
Funding body: POSEUR - Programa Operacional Sustentatabilidade e Eficiência no Uso de Recursos
Reference:
Principal Investigator:Maria Alice da Silva Pinto
Start: 2016-01-01
End: 2017-12-31
OliveOld - Identificação e caracterização de oliveiras centenárias para a obtenção de produtos diferenciados
Funding body: PRODER - Medida 4.1
Reference:
Principal Investigator:Paula Cristina dos Santos Baptista
Start: 2014-04-01
End: 2017-12-15
- Portuguese Lavander Honey: a functional food and a source of nutraceuticals
Funding body: PAN - Programa Apícola Nacional
Reference:
Principal Investigator:Miguel José Rodrigues Vilas Boas
Start: 2014-01-31
End: 2016-08-31
- The use of biological indicators as tools for assessing the impact of agriucultural practices in sustainability of olive grove
Funding body: PTDC - Projectos em todos os domínios científicos
Reference:
Principal Investigator:Sónia Alexandra Paiva Santos
Start: 2011-04-01
End: 2014-04-30
- Increasing functional biodiversity in olive groves to enhance conservation biological control of insect pests
Funding body: PTDC - Projectos em todos os domínios científicos
Reference:
Principal Investigator:Sónia Alexandra Paiva Santos
Start: 2010-04-15
End: 2013-10-14
- Efeitos do fungo Hypholoma fasciculare na Sustentabilidade de Soutos de Castanea sativa
Funding body: PTDC - Projectos em todos os domínios científicos
Reference:
Principal Investigator:Paula Cristina dos Santos Baptista
Start: 2010-04-01
End: 2013-09-30
- Biomassa lenhosa para produção de energia: desenvolvimento de sistemas sustentáveis de fornecimento de bens e serviços de produção, regulação e conservação
Funding body: PTDC - Projectos em todos os domínios científicos
Reference:
Principal Investigator:João Carlos Martins Azevedo
Start: 2007-05-01
End: 2012-01-31
- Padrões geográficos de diversidade genética da abelha melífera em Portugal (continente e Ilhas): a história contada pelo ADN mitocondrial
Funding body: PAN - Programa Apícola Nacional 2008-2010
Reference:
Principal Investigator:Maria Alice da Silva Pinto
Start: 2009-09-01
End: 2010-08-30

Total results: 60
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Jabal-Uriel C.,Barrios L.,Bonjour-Dalmon A.,Caspi-Yona S.,Chejanovsly N.,Erez T.,Henriques D.,Higes M.,Le Conte Y.,Lopes A.R.,Meana A.,Pinto M.A.,Reyes-Carreño M.,Soroker V.,Martín-Hernández R.
Epidemiology of the Microsporidium Nosema ceranae in Four Mediterranean Countries
Insects, 13, , 2022

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Lopes A.R.,Martín-Hernández R.,Higes M.,Segura S.K.,Henriques D.,Pinto M.A.
Colonisation Patterns of Nosema ceranae in the Azores Archipelago
Veterinary Sciences, 9, , 2022

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Quaresma A.,Henriques D.,Godinho J.,Maside X.,Bortolotti L.,Pinto M.A.
Invasion genetics of the Asian hornet Vespa velutina nigrithorax in Southern Europe
Biological Invasions, 24, 1479-1494, 2022

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Capela N.,Dupont Y.L.,Rortais A.,Sarmento A.,Papanikolaou A.,Topping C.J.,Arnold G.,Pinto M.A.,Rodrigues P.J.,More S.J.,Tosi S.,Alves T.S.,Sousa J.P.
High accuracy monitoring of honey bee colony development by a quantitative method
Journal of Apicultural Research, , 2022

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Wragg D.,Eynard S.E.,Basso B.,Canale-Tabet K.,Labarthe E.,Bouchez O.,Bienefeld K.,Bieńkowska M.,Costa C.,Gregorc A.,Kryger P.,Parejo M.,Pinto M.A.,Bidanel J.P.,Servin B.,Le Conte Y.,Vignal A.
Complex population structure and haplotype patterns in the Western European honey bee from sequencing a large panel of haploid drones
Molecular Ecology Resources, , 2022

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Henriques D.,Costa C.,Rufino J.,Pinto M.A.
The mitochondrial genome of Apis mellifera siciliana
Mitochondrial DNA Part B: Resources, 7, 828-830, 2022

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Henriques D.,Lopes A.R.,Chejanovsky N.,Dalmon A.,Higes M.,Jabal-Uriel C.,Le Conte Y.,Reyes-Carreño M.,Soroker V.,Martín-Hernández R.,Pinto M.A.
Mitochondrial and nuclear diversity of colonies of varying origins: contrasting patterns inferred from the intergenic tRNAleu-cox2 region and immune SNPs
Journal of Apicultural Research, 61, 305-308, 2022

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Quaresma A.,Brodschneider R.,Gratzer K.,Gray A.,Keller A.,Kilpinen O.,Rufino J.,van der Steen J.,Vejsnæs F.,Pinto M.A.
Preservation methods of honey bee-collected pollen are not a source of bias in ITS2 metabarcoding
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 193, , 2021

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Henriques D.,Lopes A.R.,Chejanovsky N.,Dalmon A.,Higes M.,Jabal-Uriel C.,Le Conte Y.,Reyes-Carreño M.,Soroker V.,Martín-Hernández R.,Pinto M.A.
A SNP assay for assessing diversity in immune genes in the honey bee (Apis mellifera L.)
Scientific Reports, 11, , 2021

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Momeni J.,Parejo M.,Nielsen R.O.,Langa J.,Montes I.,Papoutsis L.,Farajzadeh L.,Bendixen C.,Căuia E.,Charrière J.D.,Coffey M.F.,Costa C.,Dall’Olio R.,De la Rúa P.,Drazic M.M.,Filipi J.,Galea T.,Golubovski M.,Gregorc A.,Grigoryan K.,Hatjina F.,Ilyasov R.,Ivanova E.,Janashia I.,Kandemir I.,Karatasou A.,Kekecoglu M.,Kezic N.,Matray E.S.,Mifsud D.,Moosbeckhofer R.,Nikolenko A.G.,Papachristoforou A.,Petrov P.,Pinto M.A.,Poskryakov A.V.,Sharipov A.Y.,Siceanu A.,Soysal M.I.,Uzunov A.,Zammit-Mangion M.,Vingborg R.,Bouga M.,Kryger P.,Meixner M.D.,Estonba A.
Authoritative subspecies diagnosis tool for European honey bees based on ancestry informative SNPs
BMC Genomics, 22, , 2021

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Yañez O.,Chávez-Galarza J.,Tellgren-Roth C.,Pinto M.A.,Neumann P.,de Miranda J.R.
The honeybee (Apis mellifera) developmental state shapes the genetic composition of the deformed wing virus-A quasispecies during serial transmission
Scientific Reports, 10, , 2020

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Mondet F.,Parejo M.,Meixner M.D.,Costa C.,Kryger P.,Andonov S.,Servin B.,Basso B.,Bieńkowska M.,Bigio G.,Căuia E.,Cebotari V.,Dahle B.,Dražić M.M.,Hatjina F.,Kovačić M.,Kretavicius J.,Lima A.S.,Panasiuk B.,Pinto M.A.,Uzunov A.,Wilde J.,Büchler R.
Evaluation of suppressed mite reproduction (Smr) reveals potential for varroa resistance in european honey bees (apis mellifera l.)
Insects, 11, 1-17, 2020

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Henriques D.,Lopes A.R.,Ferrari R.,Neves C.J.,Quaresma A.,Browne K.A.,McCormack G.P.,Pinto M.A.
Can introgression in M-lineage honey bees be detected by abdominal colour patterns?
Apidologie, 51, 583-593, 2020

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Groeneveld L.F.,Kirkerud L.A.,Dahle B.,Sunding M.,Flobakk M.,Kjos M.,Henriques D.,Pinto M.A.,Berg P.
Conservation of the dark bee (Apis mellifera mellifera): Estimating C-lineage introgression in Nordic breeding stocks
Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica A: Animal Sciences, 69, 157-168, 2020

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Ferreira H.,Henriques D.,Neves C.J.,Machado C.A.S.,Azevedo J.C.,Francoy T.M.,Pinto M.A.
Historical and contemporaneous human-mediated processes left a strong genetic signature on honey bee populations from the Macaronesian archipelago of the Azores
Apidologie, 51, 316-328, 2020

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Alves T.S.,Pinto M.A.,Ventura P.,Neves C.J.,Biron D.G.,Junior A.C.,De Paula Filho P.L.,Rodrigues P.J.
Automatic detection and classification of honey bee comb cells using deep learning
Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 170, , 2020

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Browne K.A.,Hassett J.,Geary M.,Moore E.,Henriques D.,Soland-Reckeweg G.,Ferrari R.,Mac Loughlin E.,O’Brien E.,O’Driscoll S.,Young P.,Pinto M.A.,McCormack G.P.
Investigation of free-living honey bee colonies in Ireland
Journal of Apicultural Research, 60, 229-240, 2020

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Breeze T.D.,Boreux V.,Cole L.,Dicks L.,Klein A.M.,Pufal G.,Balzan M.V.,Bevk D.,Bortolotti L.,Petanidou T.,Mand M.,Pinto M.A.,Scheper J.,Stanisavljević L.,Stavrinides M.C.,Tscheulin T.,Varnava A.,Kleijn D.
Linking farmer and beekeeper preferences with ecological knowledge to improve crop pollination
People and Nature, 1, 562-572, 2019

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Pérez-Rodríguez F.,Neves C.,Henriques D.,Pinto M.
A note to transfer a generic database pseudocode for storing chronological data from research in apiaries
Journal of Apicultural Research, 58, 486-488, 2019

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Soares S.,Grazina L.,Mafra I.,Costa J.,Pinto M.A.,Oliveira M.B.P.P.,Amaral J.S.
Towards honey authentication: Differentiation of Apis mellifera subspecies in European honeys based on mitochondrial DNA markers
Food Chemistry, 283, 294-301, 2019

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Henriques D.,Chávez-Galarza J.,Quaresma A.,Neves C.J.,Lopes A.R.,Costa C.,Costa F.O.,Rufino J.,Pinto M.A.
From the popular tRNAleu-COX2 intergenic region to the mitogenome: insights from diverse honey bee populations of Europe and North Africa
Apidologie, 50, 215-229, 2019

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Eouzan I.,Garnery L.,Pinto M.A.,Delalande D.,Neves C.J.,Fabre F.,Lesobre J.,Houte S.,Estonba A.,Montes I.,Sime-Ngando T.,Biron D.G.
Hygroregulation, a key ability for eusocial insects: Native Western European honeybees as a case study
PLoS ONE, 14, , 2019

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Henriques D.,Wallberg A.,Chávez-Galarza J.,Johnston J.S.,Webster M.T.,Pinto M.A.
Whole genome SNP-associated signatures of local adaptation in honeybees of the Iberian Peninsula
Scientific Reports, 8, , 2018

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Henriques D.,Browne K.A.,Barnett M.W.,Parejo M.,Kryger P.,Freeman T.C.,Muñoz I.,Garnery L.,Highet F.,Jonhston J.S.,McCormack G.P.,Pinto M.A.
High sample throughput genotyping for estimating C-lineage introgression in the dark honeybee: An accurate and cost-effective SNP-based tool
Scientific Reports, 8, , 2018

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Henriques D.,Parejo M.,Vignal A.,Wragg D.,Wallberg A.,Webster M.T.,Pinto M.A.
Developing reduced SNP assays from whole-genome sequence data to estimate introgression in an organism with complex genetic patterns, the Iberian honeybee (Apis mellifera iberiensis)
Evolutionary Applications, 11, 1270-1282, 2018

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Parejo M.,Henriques D.,Pinto M.A.,Soland-Reckeweg G.,Neuditschko M.
Empirical comparison of microsatellite and SNP markers to estimate introgression in Apis mellifera mellifera
Journal of Apicultural Research, 57, 504-506, 2018

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Martín-Hernández R.,Bartolomé C.,Chejanovsky N.,Le Conte Y.,Dalmon A.,Dussaubat C.,García-Palencia P.,Meana A.,Pinto M.A.,Soroker V.,Higes M.
Nosema ceranae in Apis mellifera: a 12 years postdetection perspective
Environmental Microbiology, 20, 1302-1329, 2018

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Soares S.,Grazina L.,Mafra I.,Costa J.,Pinto M.A.,Duc H.P.,Oliveira M.B.P.P.,Amaral J.S.
Novel diagnostic tools for Asian (Apis cerana) and European (Apis mellifera) honey authentication
Food Research International, 105, 686-693, 2018

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Chávez-Galarza J.,Garnery L.,Henriques D.,Neves C.J.,Loucif-Ayad W.,Jonhston J.S.,Pinto M.A.
Mitochondrial DNA variation of Apis mellifera iberiensis: further insights from a large-scale study using sequence data of the tRNAleu-cox2 intergenic region
Apidologie, 48, 533-544, 2017

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Rangel J.,Giresi M.,Pinto M.A.,Baum K.A.,Rubink W.L.,Coulson R.N.,Johnston J.S.
Africanization of a feral honey bee (Apis mellifera) population in South Texas: Does a decade make a difference?
Ecology and Evolution, 6, 2158-2169, 2016

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Chávez-Galarza J.,Henriques D.,Johnston J.S.,Carneiro M.,Rufino J.,Patton J.C.,Pinto M.A.
Revisiting the Iberian honey bee (Apis mellifera iberiensis) contact zone: Maternal and genome-wide nuclear variations provide support for secondary contact from historical refugia
Molecular Ecology, 24, 2973-2992, 2015

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Muñoz I.,Henriques D.,Johnston J.,Chávez-Galarza J.,Kryger P.,Pinto M.
Reduced SNP panels for genetic identification and introgression analysis in the dark honey bee (Apis mellifera mellifera)
PLoS ONE, 10, , 2015

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Pinto M.A.d.S.,Gonçalves A.P.S.,Santos S.A.P.,de Almeida M.R.L.,de Azevedo J.C.M.
Biological invasion of Corythucha ciliata in green urban spaces in Portugal: A niche modeling approach using maximum entropy
Ciencia Florestal, 24, 597-607, 2014

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Pinto M.,Henriques D.,Chávez-Galarza J.,Kryger P.,Garnery L.,Van Der Zee R.,Dahle B.,Soland-Reckeweg G.,De La Rúa P.,Dall'Olio R.,Carreck N.,Johnston J.
Genetic integrity of the Dark European honey bee (Apis mellifera mellifera) from protected populations: A genome-wide assessment using SNPs and mtDNA sequence data
Journal of Apicultural Research, 53, 269-278, 2014

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Muñoz I.,Pinto M.A.,De La Rúa P.
Effects of queen importation on the genetic diversity of Macaronesian island honey bee populations (Apis mellifera Linneaus 1758)
Journal of Apicultural Research, 53, 296-302, 2014

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Azevedo J.C.,Perera A.H.,Pinto M.A.
Preface
Forest Landscapes and Global Change: Challenges for Research and Management, v-vi, 2014

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Azevedo J.C.,Pinto M.A.,Perera A.H.
Forest landscape ecology and global change: An introduction
Forest Landscapes and Global Change: Challenges for Research and Management, 1-27, 2014

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Azevedo J.C.,Perera A.H.,Pinto M.A.
Forest landscapes and global change: Challenges for research and management
Forest Landscapes and Global Change: Challenges for Research and Management, 1-262, 2014

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Azevedo J.C.,Pinto M.A.,Perera A.H.
Forest landscape ecology and global change: What are the next steps?
Forest Landscapes and Global Change: Challenges for Research and Management, 249-260, 2014

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Muñoz I.,Cepero A.,Pinto M.A.,Martín-Hernández R.,Higes M.,De la Rúa P.
Presence of Nosema ceranae associated with honeybee queen introductions
Infection, Genetics and Evolution, 23, 161-168, 2014

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Chávez-Galarza J.,Henriques D.,Johnston J.S.,Azevedo J.C.,Patton J.C.,Muñoz I.,De La Rúa P.,Pinto M.A.
Signatures of selection in the Iberian honey bee (Apis mellifera iberiensis) revealed by a genome scan analysis of single nucleotide polymorphisms
Molecular Ecology, 22, 5890-5907, 2013

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Meixner M.D.,Pinto M.A.,Bouga M.,Kryger P.,Ivanova E.,Fuchs S.
Standard methods for characterising subspecies and ecotypes of Apis mellifera
Journal of Apicultural Research, 52, , 2013

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Evans J.D.,Schwarz R.S.,Chen Y.P.,Budge G.,Cornman R.S.,De La Rua P.,De Miranda J.R.,Foret S.,Foster L.,Gauthier L.,Genersch E.,Gisder S.,Jarosch A.,Kucharski R.,Lopez D.,Lun C.M.,Moritz R.F.A.,Maleszka R.,Muñoz I.,Pinto M.A.
Standard methods for molecular research in Apis mellifera
Journal of Apicultural Research, 52, , 2013

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Pinto M.A.,Henriques D.,Neto M.,Guedes H.,Muñoz I.,Azevedo J.C.,De La Rúa P.
Maternal diversity patterns of Ibero-Atlantic populations reveal further complexity of Iberian honeybees
Apidologie, 44, 430-439, 2013

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Pinto M.A.,Muñoz I.,Chávez-Galarza J.,De La Rúa P.
The Atlantic side of the Iberian Peninsula: A hot-spot of novel African honey bee maternal diversity
Apidologie, 43, 663-673, 2012

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Pinto M.A.,Sheppard W.S.,Johnston J.S.,Rubink W.L.,Coulson R.N.,Schiff N.M.,Kandemir I.,Patton J.C.
Genetics: Honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) of African origin exist in non-Africanized areas of the southern United States: Evidence form mitochondrial DNA
Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 100, 289-295, 2007

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Kandemir I.,Pinto M.A.,Meixner M.D.,Sheppard W.S.
Hinf-I digestion of cytochrome oxidase I region is not a diagnostic test for A. m. lamarckii
Genetics and Molecular Biology, 29, 747-749, 2006

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Coulson R.N.,Pinto M.A.,Tchakerian M.D.,Baum K.A.,Rubink W.L.,Johnston J.S.
Feral honey bees in pine forest landscapes of east Texas
Forest Ecology and Management, 215, 91-102, 2005

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Pinto M.A.,Rubink W.L.,Patton J.C.,Coulson R.N.,Johnston J.S.
Africanization in the United States: Replacement of feral European honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) by an African hybrid swarm
Genetics, 170, 1653-1665, 2005

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Pinto M.,Rubink W.,Coulson R.,Patton J.,Johnston J.
Temporal pattern of Africanization in a feral honeybee population from Texas inferred from mitochondrial DNA
Evolution, 58, 1047-1055, 2004

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Rubink W.,Murray K.,Baum K.,Pinto M.
Long term preservation of DNA from honey bees (Apis mellifera) collected in aerial pitfall traps
Texas Journal of Science, 55, 159-168, 2003

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Pinto M.A.,Johnston J.S.,Rubink W.L.,Coulson R.N.,Patton J.C.,Sheppard W.S.
Identification of Africanized honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) mitochondrial DNA: Validation of a rapid polymerase chain reaction-based assay
Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 96, 679-684, 2003