23 November, 2016

Floral longevity, nectar production, pollen release, and stigma receptivity in Haskap

by Frier et al.
Syrphid flies on Haskap flowers (Photo by A. Crosby)

Haskap (Lonicera caerulea L.: Caprifoliaceae) is a cold hardy, early flowering shrub that is grown commercially throughout northern areas of North America, Europe, and Asia. It produces edible blue fruit that have a sweet, tart flavour and are now being used in a variety of food products in addition to being eaten fresh. As a result, its popularity as a crop is on the rise, particularly within the Canadian prairies. Haskap needs insect pollinators in order to produce fruit, but very little is currently known about its pollination biology. 

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

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