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    Apricot

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Several Apricots flower for a relatively short period of time and are often open for less than two days over each flowering period.  Hence the effective pollination period (EPP) of apricots may be short and can result in poor fruit set. 

Honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) are major agents of pollination for deciduous fruit crops, including apricots (Langridge and Goodman 1981), thus introducing well-managed honey bee colonies into apricot orchards may alleviate problems associated with short effective pollination periods of the fruit.  The time in which honey bees could achieve cross-pollination after in-hive exchange (pollen transferring from bee to bee in the hive) is short for apricots when compared to apple.

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