Stingless bees improve apple pollination and production
by Blandina Felipe Viana et al.
A stingless bee visiting an apple flower (Photo by: Tiago Mahlmann)
The use of Africanised
honeybee (Apis melliferascutellata Lepeletier) hives to increase
pollination success in apple orchards is a widespread practice. However, this
study is the first to investigate the number of honeybee hives ha-1
required to increase the production of fruits and seeds as well as the
potential contribution of the stingless bee Mandaçaia (Melipona quadrifasciata anthidioides Lepeletier).
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