M. Alice Pinto

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InstitutionMountain Research Centre (CIMO), Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB), Portugal
Postal addressEscola Superior Agrária
 Campus de Santa Apolónia, Apartado 1172
Office phone+351273303389
Mobile phone+351969407548
Job /  professional statusProfessor/Lecturer,Researcher
Preferred COLOSS theme(s)   Diversity & Conservation
COLOSS Taskforce(s)   Sustainable bee breeding
Research interestsHoney bee diversity
 Honey bee conservation
 Population Genomics
PublicationsMuñoz, I.; Henriques, D.; Jara, L.; Johnston, J. S.; Chávez-Galarza, J.; De La Rúa, P.; Pinto, M. A. 2016. SNPs selected by information content outperform randomly selected microsatellite loci for delineating genetic identification and introgression in the endangered dark European honeybee (Apis mellifera mellifera). Mol Ecol Resour. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12637.

Rangel J.; Giresi M.; Pinto M.A.; Baum K.A.; Rubink W.L.; Coulson R.N.; Johnston J.S. 2016. Africanization of a feral honey bee (Apis mellifera) population in South Texas: does a decade make a difference? Ecology and Evolution. 6(7): 2158–2169. Doi:10.1002/ece3.1974.

Muñoz I.; Henriques D.; Johnston J.S.; Chávez-Galarza J.; Kryger P.; Pinto M.A. 2015. Reduced SNP Panels for Genetic Identification and Introgression Analysis in the Dark Honey Bee (Apis mellifera mellifera). PLoS ONE 10(4): e0124365. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0124365.

Chávez-Galarza, J.; Henriques, D.; Johnston, J.C.; Patton, J.C.; Rufino J.; Carneiro M.; Pinto, M.A. 2015. Revisiting the Iberian honey bee contact zone: maternal and genome-wide nuclear variation provide support for secondary contact from historical refugia in Iberian honey bees (Apis mellifera iberiensis). Mol. Ecol. 24, 2973–2992. DOI:10.1111/mec.13223.

Pinto, M.A.; Gonçalves, A.; Santos, S.A.P.; Almeida, M.; Azevedo, J. 2014. Biological invasion of Corythucha ciliata in green urban spaces in Portugal: a niche modeling approach using maximum entropy. Ciência Florestal 24 (3): 597-607. ISSN 0103-9954.

Muñoz, I.; Pinto; M.A.; De la Rúa, P. 2014. Effects of queen importation on the genetic diversity of island honeybee populations (Apis mellifera linneaus 1758). Journal of Apicultural Research: 53 (2): 296-302. DOI 10.3896/IBRA.

Muñoz, I.; Cepero, A; Pinto, M.A.; Martín-Hernández, R.; Higes, M.; De la Rúa, P. 2014. Presence of Nosema ceranae associated with honeybee queen introductions. Infection, Genetics and Evolution: 23, 161–168. Doi.org/10.1016/j.meegid.2014.02.008.

Pinto, M.A.; 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.L.; Johnston, J.S. 2014. Genetic integrity of the dark honey bee (Apis mellifera mellifera) from protected populations: a genome-wide assessment using SNPs and mtDNA sequence data. Journal of Apicultural Research: 53(2): 269 -278. DOI 10.3896/IBRA.

CHÁVEZ-GALARZA, J.; HENRIQUES, D.; JOHNSTON, J.S.; AZEVEDO, J.C.; PATTON, J.C.; MUÑOZ, I.; DE LA RÚA, P.; PINTO, M.A. 2013. Signatures of selection in the Iberian honey bee (Apis mellifera iberiensis) revealed by a genome scan analysis of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Molecular Ecology: 22, 5890–5907. DOI: 10.1111/mec.12537.

EVANS, J.D.; SCHWARZ, R.; CHEN, Y.P.; BUDGE, G.; CORNMAN, R. S.; DE LA RÚA, P.; 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. 2013. Standard methods for molecular research in Apis mellifera. Journal of Apicultural Research 52 (4). DOI 10.3896/IBRA.

MEIXNER, M.D.; PINTO, M.A.; BOUGA, M.; KRYGER, P.; IVANOVA, E.; FUCHS, S. 2013. Standard methods for characterizing subspecies and ecotypes of Apis mellifera. Journal of Apicultural Research 52 (4). DOI 10.3896/IBRA.

PINTO, M.A.; HENRIQUES D.; NETO, M.; GUEDES, H.; MUÑOZ, I.; AZEVEDO, J.C.; DE LA RÚA, P. 2013. Maternal diversity patterns of Ibero-Atlantic populations reveal further complexity of Iberian honey bees. Apidologie, 44:430–439. DOI:10.1007/s13592-013-0192-y.

MUÑOZ, I.; PINTO, M.A.; DE LA RÚA, P. 2013. Temporal changes in mitochondrial diversity highlights contrasting population events in Macaronesian honey bees. Apidologie 44:295–305 DOI: 10.1007/s13592-012-0179-0.

PINTO, M.A.; MUÑOZ, I.; CHÁVEZ-GALARZA, J.C.; DE LA RÚA, P. 2012. The Atlantic side of the Iberian Peninsula: a hot-spot of novel African honey bee maternal diversity. Apidologie 43:663–673. DOI: 10.1007/s13592-012-0141-1.

PINTO, M.A.; SHEPPARD, W.S.; JOHNSTON, S.; RUBINK, W.L.; COULSON, R.N.; & PATTON J.C. Honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) of African origin exist in non-Africanized areas of the Southern United States: evidence from mitochondrial DNA. 2007. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 100(2): 289-295.

KANDEMIR, I.; PINTO, M.A.; MEIXNER, M.D.; SHEPPARD, W.S. 2006. Hinf-I digestion of cytochrome oxidase I region is not a diagnostic test for A. m. lamarckii. Genetics and Molecular Biology 29 (4): 747-749.

COULSON, R. N.; PINTO, M.A.; TCHAKERIAN, M.D.; BAUM, K.A.; RUBINK, W.L. & JOHNSTON, J.S. 2005. Feral honey bees in pine forest landscapes of East Texas. Forest Ecology and Management 215: 91-102.

PINTO, M.A.; RUBINK, W.L.; PATTON, J.C.; COULSON, R.N. & JOHNSTON, J.S. 2005. Africanization in the United States: Replacement of Feral European Honey Bees (Apis mellifera L.) by an African Hybrid Swarm. Genetics 170: 1653-1665.

BAUM, K.A.; RUBINK, W.L.; PINTO, M.A.; & COULSON, R.N. 2005. Spatial and temporal distribution and nest site characteristics of feral honey bee colonies in South Texas. Environmental Entomology. 34 (3): 610-618.

PINTO, M.A.; RUBINK, W.L.; COULSON, R.N.; PATTON, J.C.; & JOHNSTON, J.S. 2004. Temporal pattern of Africanization in a feral honey bee population from Texas inferred from mitochondrial DNA. Evolution 58(5): 1047–1055.

PINTO, M.A.; JOHNSTON, J.S.; RUBINK, W.L.; COULSON, R.N.; PATTON J.C.; & SHEPPARD, W.S. 2003. Identification of Africanized honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) mitochondrial DNA: validation of a rapid PCR-based assay. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 96 (5): 679-684.

RUBINK W.L.; MURRAY, K.D.; BAUM K.A. & PINTO, M.A. 2003. Long term preservation of DNA from honey bees (Apis mellifera) collected in aerial pitfall traps. Texas Journal of Science, 55 (2): 159-168.