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Aaron G. Anderson, Isabella Messer, and Gail A. Langellotto

focused on 11 plants that showed promise as highly attractive pollinator plants based on a broader field experiment we were conducting to assess these plants’ attractiveness to insect visitors (A.G. Anderson and G.A. Langellotto, unpublished data). During

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Carter M. Westerhold, Samuel Wortman, Kim Todd, and Douglas Golick

pollinating plants?” open response answers were provided by participants. Out of a possible knowledge score of three, the mean knowledge score was 2.44 (±0.59). The benefits of food represented 35% of the responses; of these, nectar was specifically mentioned

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Guanxing Hu, Chao Gao, Xiaoming Fan, Wenfang Gong, and Deyi Yuan

, bagged, and labeled in cross- and self-pollinating plants. Untreated flowers that opened on the same day were selected for natural pollination. Each pollination combination included at least 100 buds and was repeated three times. After 7 d, the

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Heather Kalaman, Gary W. Knox, Sandra B. Wilson, and Wendy Wilber

plants that will aid in supporting our pollinating insect communities. Materials and methods Survey. A survey questionnaire was constructed to anonymously assess the interest and knowledge Florida MGs have related to pollinator plants. The resulting

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McKenzie Thomas, Kimberly Jensen, Margarita Velandia, Christopher Clark, Burton English, Dayton Lambert, and Forbes Walker

attributes as a simultaneous choice. The six gardening practices considered in this study are planting pollinator plants, composting, recycling gardening packaging, rainwater collectors, using organic gardening methods, and soil testing. The six gardening

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Qin Yang, Er Liu, Yan Fu, Fuqiang Yuan, Tingting Zhang, and Shu Peng

open-pollinated plants differed. Both treatments were low from 7 to 11 Mar. and differed significantly from each other from 7 to 9 Mar. The fruit sets of both treatments increased significantly from 12 to 15 Mar., but did not differ significantly from

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H.Y. Hanna

A study was conducted to determine if air blowers would be less time consuming, more economical, and as effective as hand-held electric vibrators to pollinate two greenhouse tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) cultivars. Vibrator-pollinated plants of each cultivar produced greater marketable yield than did blower-pollinated plants. Within cultivars, marketable yield was greater and yields of culls were lower with vibrator-pollinated plants. Fruit weight and diameter and the number of seeds per fruit were greater in vibrator-pollinated plants. Marketable yield of `Trust' was greater and cull yield was lower than that of `Caruso' in 1996. However, marketable yield of `Caruso' was greater than that of `Trust' and cull yield was about the same in 1997. Interactions between pollinating tools and cultivar were not significant except for fruit weight in 1997. The time needed to pollinate 640 plants for 13 weeks was 7.13 and 11.75 person-hours using the air blower and the electric vibrator, respectively. Labor cost for pollination was $49.92 for the air blower and $82.25 for the vibrator. Yield loss using the air blower for pollination was not offset by the savings in operating costs.

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Kristin L. Getter, Bridget K. Behe, and Heidi Marie Wollaeger

positive), consumer mean scores were positive (defined here as 3.5 to 5.0) for “plants grown using bee-friendly insect management practices,” “plants grown using insect management strategies that are safe for pollinators,” “plants grown using best insect

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D. Scott NeSmith and Gerard Krewer

Plants of the rabbiteye blueberry (Vaccinium ashei Reade) cultivars Brightwell, Climax, and Tifblue were subjected to pollination with bees or to applications of 250 mg·L-1 of gibberellic acid (GA3) to examine the influence on fruit size and maturation period. Plants were thinned to a similar fruit density (FD) 4 weeks after anthesis. `Tifblue' and `Climax' fruit were smaller on GA3-treated than on bee-pollinated plants, but no difference was observed for `Brightwell'. The fruit maturation period for `Climax' was not affected by treatments, but `Brightwell' and `Tifblue' fruit on pollinated plants ripened 2 weeks earlier than fruit on GA3-treated plants. These data suggest that excess fruit load is not the primary factor responsible for the smaller fruit size and lengthened fruit development period resulting from GA3 applications to rabbiteye blueberries.

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Uri Lavi, Emanuel Lahav, Chemda Degani, and Shmuel Gazit

Avocado (Persea americana Mill.) progeny that originated from 11 crosses (both self-pollinations and crosses between cultivars) were evaluated for the length of their juvenile period. Time to first flowering, “flowering age,” and time to first fruit production, “fruiting age,” were recorded for each progeny. The mean values for both ages, the sd, and the progeny distribution were calculated. Significant statistical differences in flowering age and fruiting age between various progeny populations were detected. No differences were detected between self-pollinated plants and crosses. The time until first flowering was found to be the limiting factor in evaluation of seedlings.