Pollination of Cultivated Plants in the Tropics

Pollination of Cultivated Plants in the Tropics

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This bulletin, based on contributions from various contributors and edited by Dr. D.W. Roubik, introduces the reader to various aspects of natural and insect pollination. It discusses the pollinators themselves, and the ecological and economic importance of pollination, as well as applied pollination in temperate, tropical oceanic islands and mainland tropics, and alternatives to artificial pollinator populations. Prospects for the future are also discussed. Chapter 2 deals with successful pollination with pollinator populations, the evaluation of pollinators and floral biology and research techniques. The behaviour of pollinators and plant phenology and various case studies on the preparation of pollinators for use in tropical agriculture are also discussed. A glossary and various appendices regarding cultivated and semi-cultivated plants in the tropics, pollination contracts and levels of safety of pesticides for bees and other pollinators are included.The nesting behaviour of Osmia (Osmia cornuta I .air. and Osmia rufa I.. ... The pollination ecology of commercial sunflower Helianlliiis annuus L in South Africa with special reference to the honeybee Apis mel-lifera M. ... Field experiments with the pollinator species Osmia lignaria propinqua Cresson in apple orchards: V.

Title:Pollination of Cultivated Plants in the Tropics
Author: David Ward Roubik, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Publisher:Food & Agriculture Org. - 1995-01-01

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