4.1.2. Nectar collecting

For some crops it is possible to estimate the number of visits that bees from a colony make to collect nectar. This is important for crops were nectar foragers are the most important pollinators (avocadoes, hybrid carrots) This can sometimes be achieved by a chemical analysis of the stored honey if the nectar from the plant of interest has a unique chemical profile e.g. avocados (Dag et al., 2006). It can also sometimes be achieved by an analysis of the pollen contained in the honey; however, care must be taken in interpreting results as pollen grains from some plant species are more likely to be present in honey than other species. Also, the amount of honey produced is not only affected by the amount of nectar collected by a colony but also the amount consumed.

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