11 December, 2012

The Importance of bee pollination for commercial sour cherry production in Denmark

by Lise Hansted et al.

Low fruit set, despite normally-developed flowers in Spring, is often a significant contributor to poor yield in the self-fertile sour cherry (Prunus cerasus) cultivar ‘Stevnsbaer’ in Denmark. This study set out to investigate the effect of insect, and particularly, bee pollination on the fruit set of this cultivar, to provide information for beekeepers and cherry growers concerning the potential benefits of placing bees in the orchards.
A flowering sour cherry branch caged with wire mesh and tulle net, allowing wind through whilst keeping insects out

Read the whole summary: in English or in Danish.
Read the scientific publication in JPE.

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