Ann. Appl. Biol.
The honeybee plays an important role in the pollination of fruit, vegetable and other crops. This was demonstrated during the years immediately following 1918 when fruit crops in particular were very poor, after the epidemic of acarine and other bee diseases had reduced the population of honeybees in the country by at least 90%. There is little doubt that the honeybee is of much greater value to the nation as a pollinator than as a honey producer, and it is considered by many authorities to be the most valuable of the insect pollinators. An estimation of its value as compared with other insects as a pollinator of various crops is important, so that steps may be taken to increase the population in those localities where there is a deficiency or where the presence of bees is most desirable.
Butler, C. G., "A Study of the Frequency with which Honeybees Visit Red Clover (Trifolium Pratense), Together with an Examination of the Enviornmental Conditions" (1941). Bu. Paper 49.
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