09 October, 2014

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 mellifera scutellata 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 Manda├žaia (Melipona quadrifasciata anthidioides Lepeletier). 

Read the whole summary in: English!
Read the scientific publication in JPE.

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