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    Canola

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Pollination is an essential step in the seed production of canola, Brassica napus L.  It is achieved with the assistance of various pollen vectors, but particularly by the honey bee,Apis mellifera (Sabbahi et al. 2005).  The canola flower has an entomophilic structure that attracts honey bees through copious supply of nectar and pollen, although the production of both depends much on the individual cultivar (Manning and Wallis 2005).

Honey bees have remarkable qualities as pollinators when it comes to foraging flowers.  First, they can easily adapt to different plant species, thus they can visit a large diversity of flowers throughout the season.  However, when they locate an entomophilous plant, the bees develop fidelity towards it and the plant can benefit from good pollination (Sabbahi et al. 2006).

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