We all know that proper pollination of a flower is the most critical process related to fruit set, yield, and quality, but are you clear on how hot climate conditions impact both the pollinator and the plant, and the interactions between them? Koppert’s whitepaper on plant-pollinator interactions in high temperatures – written in collaboration with experts in the field of pollination, like Godfrey Dol - now clearly points out the effects of high temperatures on pollination.
"In the past, we have always observed the impact of temperatures on the pollination activity of our bumblebees. It was now time to complete the equation by looking into the effect of hot climate conditions on plant behaviour, and the combination of plant-pollinator interactions," says Remco Huvermann, Product Manager Pollination at Koppert Biological Systems.
In cold climates, it is assumed that proper management of pollinators is sufficient to ensure good pollination. The single biggest problem is that if there is not enough strength in the plant, the setting may be poor. Growing in warm climates opens up a whole set of problems that can affect yield and quality. Management of temperature, humidity, and radiation is therefore essential for both plant and pollinator.
The whitepaper also provides a useful ‘summary of actions to protect both plants and pollinators in high temperatures’. Read it via this link.