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The role of honey bee Apis mellifera syriaca in pollination of four muskmelon (Cucumis melo) cultivars grown under semiarid conditions



The role of honey bee Apis mellifera syriaca in pollination of four muskmelon (Cucumis melo) cultivars grown under semiarid conditions



Advances in Horticultural Science 21(1): 41-46



A field study was conducted in 2005 at the Jordan University of Science and Technology campus to evaluate the role of native honeybees (Apis mellifera syriaca) in pollination of muskmelon (Cucumis melo var. Reticulatus) under semiarid conditions. Four different cultivars, namely Summer, Afnan, Asal and one landrace, were evaluated. The experiment was composed of two treatments: the control (covered plants), in which the plants were caged before flowering to prevent any contact with insect pollinators, and the second treatment in which the plants were left uncovered to permit contact with honeybees (uncovered plants). Most of the pistillate or/and hermaphrodite flower stigmas of the four cultivars remained receptive until 11:00 for both half-opened and fully-opened flowers. Opened flowers in uncovered plant treatments had longer receptivity which extended to 14:00 in comparison to half-open flowers in Asal and landrace cultivars. In general, fruit set, seed set, fruit weight, fruit circumference, fruit flesh thickness and fruit total soluble solids percentage were significantly higher in uncovered than covered plants. Honeybees play an important role in the production of greater fruit quality and quantity of muskmelon grown under semiarid conditions.

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