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  1. #1
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    May 2013
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    Mindo, Ecuador
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    Default polinating cacao

    hello everybody

    can anyone tell me how many hives need to be put on a acre of cacao plants and on citric fruit.

    am am in ecuador, and will start polination services.

    thanks

    ingo

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Stockholm, NJ, USA
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    Default Re: polinating cacao

    Honeybees cannot pollinate cacao

    CACAO PRODUCTION
    POLLINATION
    The cacao flower, while only about the diameter of a ni
    ckel, is complex in design and behavior, necessitating
    a special kind of animal to pollinate it. Recent studi
    es in cacao plantations indicate that midges, tiny flies
    that inhabit the damp, shady rain forest, are the only animals that can work their way through the complex
    cacao flower and pollinate it.
    A member of the same insect family as the "no-see-um" flies that plague us
    with their bites, this millimeter-long fly is from the family Ceratopogonidae and the genus
    Forcipomyia
    --a
    very tiny animal with a very long name. These cacao-pollinating midges are endemic not to plantations, but
    to the tropical rain forest itself.

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