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Pollen collection by honeybees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in a Costa Rican cacao (Theobroma cacao) plantation


, : Pollen collection by honeybees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in a Costa Rican cacao (Theobroma cacao) plantation. Journal of Apicultural Research, 273: 190-196

Pollen foraging activity of honeybees (Apis mellifera) in a Costa Rican cacao (Theobroma cacao) plantation was studied for 6 days during a period of intense flowering (late September). The pupose was to determine the potential of honeybees as pollinators of cacao. Honeybee colonies, with an unknown complement of African (A. mellifera scutellata) genes, were placed in two distinct habitats: near the centre of the plantation, and at the border between the cacao and surrounding forest.

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