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Pollination and plant protection in seed production of lucerne (Medicago sativa L.)


Pollination and plant protection in seed production of lucerne (Medicago sativa L.)



Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on the Harmonization of Methods for Testing the Toxicity of Pesticides to Bees, May 15-18, 1990, Rez near Prague, Czechoslovakia: 125-130



In the early 1980s, pollination of lucerne (Medicago sativa) grown for seed in Czechoslovakia depended on honeybees, but prohibition of the movement of colonies (an anti-Varroa measure) meant that not enough colonies were available in the area where lucerne crops were concentrated. A method for rearing and using the solitary bee Rhophitoides canus for pollination, which involves leaving strips of bare soil in the crop as nesting sites, was devised.

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