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Type: Journal article
Title: Foraging behaviour of a blue banded bee, Amegilla chlorocyanea in greenhouses: implications for use as tomato pollinators
Author: Hogendoorn, K.
Coventry, S.
Keller, M.
Citation: Apidologie, 2007; 38(1):86-92
Publisher: Editions Scientifiques Medicales Elsevier
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 0044-8435
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Katja Hogendoorn, Steven Coventry and Michael Anthony Keller
Abstract: Blue-banded bees (Amegilla spp.) are Australian native buzz pollinators that are a promising alternative to the introduction of the bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) for use as pollinators of tomatoes in Australian greenhouses. The foraging behaviour of Amegilla chlorocyanea under greenhouse conditions was monitored in detail. Our results showed that female Amegilla are active foragers that make on average 9 pollen foraging flights per day. Using data about flower visitation, we estimated the number of actively nesting female bees needed for adequate pollination in a commercial greenhouse as 282 per hectare.
Keywords: Amegilla; tomato; pollination; greenhouse; foraging; Anthophoridae
Description: © INRA, DIB-AGIB, EDP Sciences 2007
RMID: 0020070164
DOI: 10.1051/apido:2006060
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