Pollination In Cucurbit Crops

Authored by: Isac Gabriel Abrahã Bomfim , Breno Magalhães Freitas , Fernando Antonio Souza de Aragã , Stuart Alan Walters

Handbook of Cucurbits

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781482234589
eBook ISBN: 9781482234596
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b19233-16

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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of cucurbit pollination. It describes the importance of bees to cucurbits and provides aspects of cucurbit floral biology and pollination requirements targeting the most important wild and managed pollinators. Additionally, this chapter intends to give cucurbit growers, beekeepers, and scientists the best recommendations on how to choose the best pollinators and how to use them to optimize cucurbit production in greenhouse and open-field situations. Finally, we intend to make readers aware of the importance of minimizing pesticide use and to provide an update about the phenomenon regarding disappearance of bees and their impact on cucurbit production and agricultural systems.

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