Are Thrips Important Pollinators of Avocados in California?

  • May 13, 2013

The importance of honey bees as pollinators of avocado flowers is a contentious issue. The reason for this is that there is no clear or consistent experimental evidence unequivocally demonstrating that honey bees are essential for pollinating avocado flowers and promoting maximum fruit set. While many different types of insects are known to visit avocado flowers (e.g., beetles and flies) and it is assumed that these insects play some role in pollination, their exact importance is not known.

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