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Warwick Estevam Kerr

Warwick Estevam Kerr, Brazilian entomologist and geneticist (Santana do Parnaíba, São Paulo State 09 September 1922 – Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo State 15 September 2018)
From Scottish descent
 
 
Internationally recognized as the foremost expert on bees genetics  
 
Authored 247 papers (until 2007)
 
Obtained important discoveries in bee genetics and sexual determination
 
Discovered the genetical mechanism that rules the casts in genus Melipona (1950)
 
Obtained the hybridization of the African and Italian bees known as Africanized honey bee (1950s)

With H. Esch & I. Esch. Sound: an element common to communication of stingless bees and to dances of the honey bees. Science 149:320-1, 1965

With R.A. Nielsen. Técnica para aumentar, diminuir ou modificar a alimentação de alvéolos de cria de meliponídeos. Cien. Cult. 118:33-4, 1966

 
With G.A. Carvalho and V.A. Nascimento developed Uberlândia beehive, a cubic rational beehive (1996)
 
DEVELOPED NEW VEGETABLE CULTIVARS

With A.C.P. Santos. Obtenção de novos cultivares de alface. Braz. J. Genetics 19(3): 202, 1996

With E.L. Almeida Jr, F.J. Campos & J.R. Santos Filho. Maioba: novo cultivar de alface para solos ácidos. Hort. Bras. 8(2):33-4, 1991 

With colleagues developed the cultivars Melitino of egg-plants, Glória do Maranhão and Uberlândia 10000 of lettuce, between others 

 

HONORS   

Elected Foreign Member, National Academy of Sciences, USA  (1990)

Subgenus Melikerria Moure 1992 (Hymenoptera)