María Azucena Canto-Aguilar

María Azucena Canto Aguilar

Natural Resources
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  • B.S. Biology. Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán. 1997.
  • Ph.D. Ecology and Natural Resources Management. Instituto de Ecología, Xalapa, Mexico. 2004.
  • Post-doctoral fellow. Ecology and Evolution of Plant-Animal Interactions. Estación Biológica de Doñana, Sevilla, Spain, 2005.

Current research

  • Environmental Services of Biodiversity


  • Nutrition and Health of Honeybees and Stingless Bees in Yucatan.
  • Predation of Convolvulaceae Seeds by Megacerus Seed-eaters.
  • Diversity of Bee-associated Microorganisms.
  • Floral Resources for Native Bees and Apis mellifera.


  • Canto A., Medina-Medina, L. A., Chan-Vivas, E. Rodríguez, R. 2020. Presence of the yeast Kodamaea ohmeri associated with Aethina tumida (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) collected in Africanized honey bee colonies from two apiaries of Yucatan, Mexico. Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Pecuarias 11(4): 1101-1112.
  • Alonso, C., Medrano, M., Pérez, R., Canto, A., Parra-Tabla, V., Herrera, C. M. 2019. Interspecific variation across angiosperms in global DNA methylation: phylogeny, ecology and plant features in tropical and Mediterranean communities. New Phytologist.
  • Canto, A., Rodríguez, R., Reyes-Novelo, E. 2019. Relationship between the weights of seed beetles of the genus Megacerus Fåhraeus, 1839 (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Bruchinae) and their host seeds of the family Convolvulaceae. Scientific Reports 9:8438;
  • Barbieri, N., Sanchez-Contreras, A., Canto, A., Cauich-Rodriguez, J. V., Vargas-Coronado, R., Calvo-Irabien, L. M. 2018. Effect of cyclodextrins and Mexican oregano (Lippia graveolens Kunth) chemotypes on the microencapsulation of essential oil. Industrial Crops & Products 121: 114-123.
  • Canto, A., Herrera, C. M., Rodriguez, R. 2017. Nectar-living yeasts of a tropical host plant community: diversity and effects on community-wide floral nectar traits. PeerJ 5:e3517;


    Thesis topics:
  • DNA sequencing of bee-associated microorganisms in nectar, pollen, and honey.
  • Design of diets for bee nutrition.
  • Health and nutrition of Apis mellifera, Melipona beecheii.
  • Bee bread and flower pollen dynamic in bee nutrition.
Source: María Azucena Canto-Aguilar
Last Updated: 25 August 2021