Insect pollinators of conference pear (Pyrus communis L.) and their contribution to fruit quality

  title={Insect pollinators of conference pear (Pyrus communis L.) and their contribution to fruit quality},
  author={Michelle T. Fountain and Zeus Mateos‐Fierro and Bethan Shaw and Philip Brain and {\'A}lvaro Delgado},
  journal={Journal of pollination ecology},
The pear ( Pyrus communis L.) cultivar, Conference, is parthenocarpic but misshapes and marketable fruit losses of 6% at harvest are common. In other studies, insect flower visitors are identified as important for apple quality, but far fewer studies have examined the effects of insects and cross-pollination on pear quality. Using a range of replicated field experiments, this project aimed to determine the; 1) biodiversity of pear blossom insect visitors, 2) pollen limitation and fruit quality… 

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