The four Biological Collections (Collection of Vectors of Chagas Disease, of Phlebotomines, of Medical Malacology and of Neotropical Mosquitoes) under the care of Fiocruz Minas maintain millions of samples. Together the collections represent one of the most complete zoological collections in Latin America.
Some of these collections represent the genetic diversity of medically important vectors whereas others preserve the epidemiological memory of important disorders, retain changes in etiologic agents over time, or document genetic diversity of populations of organisms related to research in public health.
The importance of the Biological Collections of Fiocruz Minas was recognized by the Ministry of Environment in 2012 when its collections were given the status of “faithful depository” of samples of components of the heritage of Brazilian biodiversity.
Collection of Triatominae read more >>
Curator: Raquel Aparecida Ferreira
Phone number: (55) (31) 3349-7763
Vice Curator: Rita de CÃ¡ssia Moreira de Souza
Phone number: 55 (31) 3349 7801
The collection of Triatominae began in 1996, from the donation from the private collection of Dr. HÃ©lio Espinola, this started in 1973. Today is the depository of 5.100 specimens of 57 species from different populations of triatomines from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, United States of America, Uruguay and Venezuela, and about 100 other specimens of Heteroptera in Brazil . In addition, shares are held about five hundred bugs. Besides the purpose of serving as a reference in triatomines, the insects are also used in studies of taxonomy and systematics. Click on the name of the collection, on the top of the page, for further information.
Collection of Phlebotomine Sand Fliesread more >>
Curator: JosÃ© Dilermando Andrade Filho
Phone number: (55) (31) 3349-7756
The collection of phlebotomine sand flies of the Centro de Pesquisas RenÃ© Rachou localized in Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, was initiated in the 50th with Prof. Amilcar Vianna Martins and Alda Lima FalcÃ£o. The collection has approximately 93.000 sand flies specimens distributed among 377 species from the Americas and other 43 species from the continents Europe, Africa and Asia. The specimens are mounted in Berlese medium or Canada Balsam on glass slide and coverslip and part of this collection consist of the “Standard Collection” formed by type species and a sample, if possible, of 15 specimens of each species. All other specimens are kept in slides wooden boxes and organized in shelves by alphabetical order in accordance to each species. In the Standard Collection are deposited about 670 types belonging 126. In the collection there are also 12 species of sandflies fossil found in amber from the Dominican Republic. Some species deposited in the Collection of Sand flies do not exist in other collections, which makes her unique collection. The examination of the material in the collection, donation request and exchanges can be made by request to the curators JosÃ© Dilermando Andrade Filho and Paloma Helena Fernandes Shimabukuro.. Click on the name of the collection, on the top of the page, for further information.
Collection of Medical Malacology read more >>
Curator: Cristiane LafetÃ¡ Furtado de MendonÃ§a (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vice Curator: Roberta Lima Caldeira (email@example.com)
Phone number: (55) (31) 3349 7746
The Collection of Medical Malacology (Fiocruz-CMM) is located at the CPqRRâs Laboratory of Helminthology and Medical Malacology (LHMM), Fiocruz/MG . The collection includes samples of mollusks from Germany, France, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, and Venezuela. This collection is comprised of representatives of the genera Biomphalaria Preston, 1910, Lymnaea Lamarck, 1799, Pseudosuccinea (Say, 1817), Galba dâOrbigny, 1835, Physa Draparnaud, 1801; Drepanotrema Fischer & Crosse, 1880; Helisoma Swainson, 1840; Melanoides Olivier, 1804. The fourth ones genera include, the Brazilian, intermediate hosts of the trematodes Schistosoma mansoni Sambon, 1907 and Fasciola hepatica (Linnaeus, 1758), etiological agents of schistosomiasis mansoni and fasciolosis. Fiocruz-CMM is an important collection for the national system of epidemiological control and health surveillance and is directly related to research activities and the LHMMâs National Schistosomiasis Reference Service, mostly aimed at mollusks of the Biomphalaria genus.
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Mosquitoes collection read more >>
Curator: Omar dos Santos Carvalho
Vice Curator: Maria AngÃ©lica de Oliveira
The mosquitoes collection of the Centro de Pesquisa RenÃ© Rachou (ColeÃ§Ã£o de Mosquitos Neotropicais CMN-Fiocruz) has begun as âColeÃ§Ã£o do LaboratÃ³rio do ServiÃ§o de Estudos e Pesquisas sobre a Febre Amarelaâ at January 17 of 1933, with the activities for the control of yellow fever and malaria in Brasil, developed by âServiÃ§os de Febre Amarela e de ErradicaÃ§Ã£o da MalÃ¡riaâ. It was kept in the âInstituto de Malariologiaâ, in Manguinhos, city of Rio de Janeiro. With the extintion of the âInstituto de Malariologiaâ in 1954 the collection of Culicidae was trasnfered, in 1955, together with equipment and 35 employees, to the recent built âInstituto de Pesquisas de Belo Horizonteâ. RenÃ© GuimarÃ£es Rachou runned this institute until 1957, leaving the Culicidae collection under the care of SebastiÃ£o Hamilton Xavier and SynÃ©sio da Silva Mattos, which were its curators since 1958 until 1990. In this year the Culicidae sistematics laboratory, which held the collection, was fused with the Culicidae biology laboratory of the âCentro de Pesquisas RenÃ¨ Rachouâ, under the leadership of Rotraut A. G. B. Consoli, who took the collectionâs responsability until 1996. Since then the collection stayed without curatorship and inactive only receiving basic care of maintenance. In 2008 it was stabilished a biologic collections forum of the âFundaÃ§Ã£o Oswaldo Cruzâ, aiming to support and reinforce the spreaded collections through the units. Although it was still not certificated by âConselho de GestÃ£o do PatrimÃ´nio GenÃ©ticoâ (CGEN) nor reconized by Fiocruz, it was designed by the board of directors of CPqRR a curatorship for the Culicidade colection. On May 15 of 2002 the Culicidae collection, together with three others biological collections of CPqRR, was certificated as a faithfull depository institution of samples of genect heritage components with the CGEN (056/2012/SECEX/CGEN). In August 29 of 2013 the Culicidae of CPqRR ws reconized as the 30th collection of Fiocruz, with the name of âColeÃ§Ã£o de Mosquitos Neotropicais (CMN-FIOCRUZ)â. Even though it was inactive since 1990, the collection is with its biological library and registration books in good state of preservation. There are 39,125 winged specimens of 414 species from 21 genus from Subfamilies Anophelinae and Culicinae, which are representants of Neotropical, Nearctic, Ethiopian and Palaearctic Regions, besides the male and female genitals, pupal and larval mounted stages on slides that are still not computaded. Within these specimens, 386 constitute the types of 77 species of the Neotropical Region, being 18 holotypes, 16 alotypes, 1 neotype and 358 paratypes.
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