FRUIT SIZE, SEED SIZE, SEED VIABILITY AND POLLINATION OF RABBITEYE BLUEBERRIES (VACCINIUM ASHEI READE)

J.A. Payne, A.A. Amis, J.H. Cane, P.M. Lyrene
The pollination requirements and importance of pollinating insects for rabbiteye blueberries are not well known. The pollination efficiency of an important indigenous ground-nesting bee, Habropoda (=Emphoropsis [R. W. Brooks, pers. comm.]) laboriosa (F.) was studied for two commercial cultivars, Climax and Tifblue, with respect to yield, fruit size, maturity and seed viability. For these two cultivars, fruit size, fruit set and length of time to maturity were improved by single bee visitation by H. laboriosa over that of caged plants and branches which excluded all bees. Furthermore, larger berries contained more viable seeds suggesting a casual relationship attributable to quality of pollination.
Payne, J.A., Amis, A.A., Cane, J.H. and Lyrene, P.M. (1989). FRUIT SIZE, SEED SIZE, SEED VIABILITY AND POLLINATION OF RABBITEYE BLUEBERRIES (VACCINIUM ASHEI READE). Acta Hortic. 241, 38-43
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1989.241.3
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1989.241.3

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