Enhancing pollination with Bee-Scent
Tree crop growers looking to enhance pollination in crops such as apples, pears, stone fruit and cherries should consider Bee-Scent from Grochem Australia.
Bee-Scent is a pheromone-based formulation that attracts foraging honeybees to treated blossoms.
Ben Coombe, general manager of Grochem Australia, says pome and stone fruit can be difficult to pollinate, particularly when grown under protective netting.
By attracting bees to the target crop, Bee-Scent enhances pollination which is essential for improving fruit yield and quality.
“By imitating the pheromones produced by bees, Bee-Scent encourages foraging behaviour by bees among treated blossoms and they work harder in these blossoms instead of flowering plants elsewhere,” Mr Coombe said.
“This increase in foraging intensity improves crop pollination and leads to better fruit set and enhanced fruit quality.”
Bee-Scent has also proven to enhance flowering in almonds, avocados, berries, kiwifruit, melons and other cucurbits.
Mr Coombe recommended applying Bee-Scent as a cover spray over flowering, using ground or aerial equipment.
Compatible with most fungicides applied during flowering, Bee-Scent is non-toxic and considered safe for applicators, crops and honeybees alike.
“For the best results, we recommend growers apply Bee-Scent at early bloom, say five to 30 per cent, and again at 70 to 100 per cent, using sufficient water to give thorough coverage,” he said. Crops that bloom over a long time may require applications at regular intervals.
“Virtually every crop can benefit from additional bee foraging, and with the help of Bee-Scent, growers can make the most of bees to enhance yields and produce more marketable fruit.”
Source: Australian Tree Crop