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Usefulness of the honeybee (Apis mellifica) in the pollination of glasshouse-grown gherkin (Cucumis sativus), melon (Cucumis melo) and tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum)

Usefulness of the honeybee (Apis mellifica) in the pollination of glasshouse-grown gherkin (Cucumis sativus), melon (Cucumis melo) and tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum)

Revue de l' Agriculture 40(4): 915-924

ISSN/ISBN: 0776-2143

Pollination and fruit set in the presence and in the absence of honeybees during flowering in gherkins (cv. Kora), melons (cv. Cantaloup Jivaro, F1 hybrid) and tomatoes (cv. Fandango, F1 hybrid) were studied in glasshouse experiments. In gherkins, the presence of honeybees increased fruit set from 3% to 92%, total fruit weight/plant from 38 g to 169 g and mean number of fruits/plant from 2.4 to 8.65.

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