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Title: Attracting Pollinators to Atemoya: Effects of lures and attractants on yield.

item Jenkins, David
item Goenaga, Ricardo
item Irish, Brian
item MILLAN, CHRISTIAN - Universidad Interamericana De Puerto Rico

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/15/2014
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Atemoya is a delicious fruit with tremendous market potential. Unfortunately it suffers from low fruit set due to inadequate visits by pollinators, small beetles in the sap beetle family. In many regions, atemoya and other species of Annonas are hand pollinated. Our research indicates that commercial lures in combination with food lures increase the number of beetles in an orchard and can increase fruit set in some varieties. Further work is needed to determine if commercial lures and food attractants are more economical than hand pollination.