Insect pollination of tea (Camellia sinensis L.) in Sri Lanka

M.R.T Wickramaratne, S.I. Vitarana

Abstract


A study of insect pollination in relation to tea seed production was made in Sri Lanka. Many different types of insect frequented the seed garden throughout the year. Diptera were the most numerous and were found to be efficient pollinators of tea flowers. Bees were also effective pollinators but were only present seasonally and in smaller numbers. Lack of pollinating insects is not likely to be a major factor limiting seed set of tea in Sri Lanka.

Keywords


Tea; Pollination; Insects; Camellia sinensis L.; Sri Lanka

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