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Record number 437906
Title The possible role of honey bees in the spread of pollen from field trials
Author(s) Kleinjans, H.A.W.; Keulen, S.J. van; Blacquière, T.; Booij, C.J.H.; Hok-A-Hin, C.H.; Cornelissen, A.C.M.; Dooremalen, C. van
Source Utrecht : Ameco Environmental Services & Plant Research International (bees@wur) - 102
Department(s) PRI BIOINT Entomology & Virology
PRI BIOINT Ecological Interactions
Publication type Research report
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) honingbijen - apidae - stuifmeel - spreiding - verspreiding - experimenteel veldonderzoek - transgene planten - wilde verwanten - hybridisatie - risicoschatting - nederland - honey bees - pollen - spread - dispersal - field experimentation - transgenic plants - wild relatives - hybridization - risk assessment - netherlands
Categories Bee Plant Relations / Biosafety, Risk Evaluation
Abstract Honey bees are important pollinators in agricultural crops, home gardens, orchards and wildlife habitats. As they fly from flower to flower in search of nectar and pollen, they transfer pollen from plant to plant, thus fertilizing the plants and enabling them to bear fruit. In light of this, honey bees could be a factor in spreading pollen grains derived from genetically modified (GM) plants in field trials. The extent to which pollen dispersal occurs and the distances achieved depends on many factors. Knowledge of these factors may be important for (future) risk assessments of GM plants. An overview of relevant information concerning the relationship between honey bees and pollen is presented, based on a literature survey, a database of pollen composition of Dutch honeys and a concise laboratory experiment.
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