Nectar and flower traits of different onion male sterile lines related to pollination efficiency and seed yield of F1 hybrids.

@article{Soto2013NectarAF,
  title={Nectar and flower traits of different onion male sterile lines related to pollination efficiency and seed yield of F1 hybrids.},
  author={Ver{\'o}nica Carolina Soto and Irma B. Maldonado and Ra{\'u}l Andr{\'e}s Gil and Iris Edith Peralta and Maria FR Silva and Claudio R{\'o}mulo Galmarini},
  journal={Journal of economic entomology},
  year={2013},
  volume={106 3},
  pages={
          1386-94
        }
}
Honey bees are the main pollinators of onion crops for seed production, but owing to low attractiveness of flowers, pollination is often inadequate. Pollination problems result in low seed yields. This problem is accentuated when male sterile lines (MSL) are used to produce hybrid onion seeds. In this study, the effect of floral attributes and nectar composition on the preference of honey bees of four MSLs and one onion open pollinated cultivar were assessed. The chemical composition of nectar… CONTINUE READING
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