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Male-Fertile Potato Flowers Are Selectively Buzz-Pollinated Only by Bombus terricola Kirby in Upstate New York

Suzanne W. T. Batra
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society
Vol. 66, No. 2 (Apr., 1993), pp. 252-254
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25085442
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Male-Fertile Potato Flowers Are Selectively Buzz-Pollinated Only by Bombus terricola Kirby in Upstate New York
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Abstract

Bombus terricola was the only pollinator of certified seed potatoes at four locations in the northern Adirondack Mountains, although seven other bumble bee species were present. Varieties yielding stainable, fertile pollen were preferred. Foragers sonicated 12-21 flowers per minute. Potatoes are also pollinated exclusively by bumble bees in central Europe, the Andes, the Himalayas, and the North American Great Lakes region. The conservation and management of selected bumble bee species are recommended, to ensure cross-pollination in potato fields.

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