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Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 160789, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/160789
Research Article

Analysis of Pollen Collected by Andrena flavipes Panzer (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae) in Sweet Cherry Orchards, Afyonkarahisar Province of Turkey

1Plant Protection Central Research Institute, Gayret Mahallesi, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bulvari, No: 66, 06172 Yenimahalle/Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Hacettepe University, 06800 Beytepe/Ankara, Turkey

Received 29 July 2009; Revised 4 December 2009; Accepted 7 January 2010

Academic Editor: James C. Nieh

Copyright © 2010 Yasemin Güler and Kadriye Sorkun. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Andrena, which is the largest genus in the Andrenidae, is a very important genus for the pollination of fruit trees. Andrena flavipes Panzer is one of the most common species observed in the study area and can continue the flight activity even under low temperature. In this study, the pollen collected by A. flavipes was determined. In addition, the potential to carry sweet cherry pollen of the aforementioned species was also researched. For the pollen preparates, the scopae of 34 females were used. As a result of the diagnosis studies, it was determined that A. flavipes species collected the pollens of 13 families and that the dominant pollen group belonged to the Brassicaceae. It was ascertained that A. flavipes collected sweet cherry pollen and that the sweet cherry flowers do not represent a primary pollen source, however.