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Increase in sugar content of nectar by treatment of seeds prior to sowing

Increase in sugar content of nectar by treatment of seeds prior to sowing

Byul Nauchn Tekh Inform Nauchn Issled Inst Pchelovodstva 5: 25-27

Polygonum seeds were treated prior to sowing in the conditions of the Moscow oblast with (1) a boric acid solution (10 g/metric cntr) and (2) with wood ash extract (1.65 g/metric cntr). The control sowing was made with seeds soaked in water; in all cases the seeds were dried 5 days before sowing. Presowing treatment of Polygonum seeds with boric acid and ashes increased the amount of sugar in the flowers by 23.7 and 43.2% respectively as compared with the control crop. Frequency of bee visits increased by 24.2 and 32.6% and the yields of seeds, by 16.4 and 18.5% respectively.

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