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Management of Bombus atratus bumblebees to pollinate Lulo (Solanum quitoense L), a native fruit from the Andes of Colombia

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Management of Bombus atratus bumblebees to pollinate Lulo (Solanum quitoense L), a native fruit from the Andes of Colombia

Maria Teresa Almanza (Author)

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ISBN-13 (Printausgabe) 3867271879
ISBN-13 (Hard Copy) 9783867271875
ISBN-13 (eBook) 9783736921870
Language English
Page Number 132
Lamination of Cover glossy
Edition 1
Book Series ZEF Bonn
Volume 0
Publication Place Göttingen
Place of Dissertation Bonn
Publication Date 2007-03-13
General Categorization Dissertation
Departments Agricultural science
Description

Solanum quitoense (Lulo) from the northern Andes is a fruit with an attractive taste. It has a high export potential but its production is hampered by insufficient pollination. Studies on the reproductive system of Lulo revealed that, due to their poricidal anthers, the flowers need pollinators for self- and cross-pollination. Pollination by native bumblebees significantly increases fruit set and quality. Experiments show that colonies of Bombus atratus can be reared in captivity and used in Lulo fields for providing increased pollination services. Modeling based on data on colony development reveal larva/workers ratio and the supply of pollen as main parameters for improving the rearing method.