The introduction of Bombus ruderatus to Chile for red clover pollination

publication date: Jun 30, 2011
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Bee World Vol.67 (1) 1986 pp. 15-22
Article Title

The introduction of Bombus ruderatus to Chile for red clover pollination

Author(s)

P. V. Arretz and R. P. Macfarlane

Abstract

Red clover, Trifolium pratense, is the main small-legume seed crop in Chile. Although 3000 hectares are harvested annually and average yields are about 250 kg/ha, yields could be higher if more effective pollinators were available. It is not native to South America. 

Keywords Bombus ruderatus, Trifolium pratense,Red clover, Pollination,
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