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Plant preference of honeybees in white-flowered alfalfa


R. W. Hagemann
L. G. Jones
J. T. Feather

Authors Affiliations

R. W. Hagemann is an Imperial County Farm Advisor; L. G. Jones is an Associate in the Experiment Station; J. T. Feather is an Assistant Specialist in Agronomy, University of California, Davis.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 22(11):4-5. DOI:10.3733/ca.v022n11p4. November 1968.

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White-flowered alfalfa plants vary widely in attractiveness to honeybees, according to this study under open pollination conditions at University of California, Davis. Several instances of plant preference were noted, but in general, plants having the most bee activity showed the greatest amount of cross pollination. When a strain of honeybees is developed with a distinct preference for alfalfa, it would appear to be advantageous to have parental lines equal in as many of the attractiveness characteristics as possible, to insure increased alfalfa seed production.

Hagemann R, Jones L, Feather J. 1968. Plant preference of honeybees in white-flowered alfalfa. Hilgardia 22(11):4-5. DOI:10.3733/ca.v022n11p4
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