Jacqueline Pierre

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The objective of this experiment was 1) to quantify drift between bumblebee, Bombus terrestris L., colonies when hives are vertically stacked; and 2) to measure the impact of drift on the colony growth. The experiment was conducted outside, in an open area, at three sites with one stack of three colonies per site. Observations were made from the 28th to the(More)
The patch living rules of a pollinator, the bumblebee Bombus terrestris L., are studied here in the framework of motivational models widely used for parasitoids: The rewarding events found during the foraging process are supposed to increase or decrease suddenly the tendency of the insect to stay in the current patch and therefore to adjust the patch(More)
Oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.) is an entomophilous crop. Its pollen is covered with sticky pollenkitt and not readily released from the anthers. We investigated the role of foraging honeybees in making this pollen airborne. To assess this, six cages were laid over male-fertile (MF) and male-sterile (MS) plants; at flowering, three cages received a(More)
The spatial distribution of foraging bumblebees, Bombus terrestris L. (Hymenoptera: Apidae), was studied in a greenhouse planted with two cultivars of tomato, Lycopersicum esculentum Mill. (Solanaceae), in two patches. In both patches, bumblebee densities per square meter were measured on plots, and the results showed that their densities were nearly(More)
In South Africa, modified Bt (Cry1 Ac) cotton cultivars and organic ones coexist. This raises the question of the risk of dissemination of genetically modified (GM) pollen to non-GM crops by visiting insects. We inventoried the flower-visiting insects in Bt and non-Bt cotton fields of the South African Highveld region and investigated their role in pollen(More)
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