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The effect of avocado (Persea americana) nectar composition on its attractiveness to honey bees (Apis mellifera)
Year:
2006
Source of publication :
Apidologie
Authors :
דג, ארנון
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Volume :
37
Co-Authors:
Afik, O., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Entomology, B. Triwaks Bee Research Center, Rehovot 76100, Israel
Dag, A., Agricultural Research Organization, Institute of Horticulture, Gilat Research Station, M.P. Negev, 85280, Israel
Shafir, S., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Entomology, B. Triwaks Bee Research Center, Rehovot 76100, Israel
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From page:
317
To page:
325
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Total pages:
9
)
Abstract:
Honey bees are important avocado pollinators, but due to low attractiveness of avocado flowers pollination is often inadequate. Since honey is of nectar origin, we used it to test the effect of nectar composition on the preference of honey bees and we identified avocado honey due to its perseitol concentration. Bees preferred feeders containing non-avocado honey to avocado honey even when total sugar concentration in the avocado honey was higher. Crop loads were smaller for bees feeding on avocado than non-avocado honey. Finally, the learning performance of bees in a proboscis extension conditioning experiment was lower when they were rewarded with avocado honey than with non-avocado honey or sucrose solution. Moreover, only for avocado honey did the percentage of bees refusing to consume reward increase during the experiment. Our results indicate that honey bees prefer honey whose floral origin is of a competing flora over that of avocado. We conclude that avocado nectar composition may contribute to the low attractiveness of avocado flowers. © INRA/DIB-AGIB/ EDP Sciences, 2006.
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Related Files :
Apinae
Apis mellifera
Apoidea
Crop load
flower visiting
honeybee
Persea americana
Perseitol
pollination
Pollinator
Repellency
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DOI :
10.1051/apido:2005064
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Publication Type:
מאמר
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Language:
אנגלית
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Afik, O., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Entomology, B. Triwaks Bee Research Center, Rehovot 76100, Israel
Dag, A., Agricultural Research Organization, Institute of Horticulture, Gilat Research Station, M.P. Negev, 85280, Israel
Shafir, S., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Entomology, B. Triwaks Bee Research Center, Rehovot 76100, Israel
The effect of avocado (Persea americana) nectar composition on its attractiveness to honey bees (Apis mellifera)
Honey bees are important avocado pollinators, but due to low attractiveness of avocado flowers pollination is often inadequate. Since honey is of nectar origin, we used it to test the effect of nectar composition on the preference of honey bees and we identified avocado honey due to its perseitol concentration. Bees preferred feeders containing non-avocado honey to avocado honey even when total sugar concentration in the avocado honey was higher. Crop loads were smaller for bees feeding on avocado than non-avocado honey. Finally, the learning performance of bees in a proboscis extension conditioning experiment was lower when they were rewarded with avocado honey than with non-avocado honey or sucrose solution. Moreover, only for avocado honey did the percentage of bees refusing to consume reward increase during the experiment. Our results indicate that honey bees prefer honey whose floral origin is of a competing flora over that of avocado. We conclude that avocado nectar composition may contribute to the low attractiveness of avocado flowers. © INRA/DIB-AGIB/ EDP Sciences, 2006.
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