Effect of pesticides and bee pollination on seed yield of some crops in India

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 27 (1) pp. 49-54
Date
March 1988
Article Title

Effect of pesticides and bee pollination on seed yield of some crops in India

Author(s)

R. C. Sihag

Abstract

Effects of pesticide application and pollination by bees were studied in 11 cultivated crops: toria (Brassica campestris var. toria), raya (B. juncea), rock cress (Eruca sativa), turnip (B. rapa), cauliflower (B. oleracea var. botrytis), radish (Raphanus sativus), carrot (Daucus carota var. sativa), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), coriander (Coriandrum sativum), cumin (Cuminum cyminum) and alfalfa (Medicago sativa). Either factor alone gave small yield increases but the two combined interacted significantly to give major increases. This study suggests that both protective application of pesticides and use of bee pollination are essential for maximum crop yields.

Keywords

Pesticides, Pollination, Crop Yield, India, Pest Control,

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