Bee-plant interactions in pollination and crop yields
- Entomology Division, DSIR, Private Bag, Mt Albert, New Zealand
[Abstract of a paper read at the Ecological Society Conference, 1983.]
Bee species display a wide range of variation in many characters such as physical size and shape, behaviour and flower foraging preferences. Flower species vary in size, shape, phenology of flowering, and presentation of rewards for and attractiveness to pollinators. Examples of bee plant interactions that can increase yields will be discussed for leguminous seed crops, fruit trees and kiwifruit.