Hives launched for outdoor fruit crops

Koppert Biological Systems has launched a bumblebee hive tailored to the needs of growers of outdoor fruit and other short-flowering crops.

A version of its Natupol hive, the Natupol Booster is housed in a weatherproof, biodegradable cardboard container, which the company said makes the hive more affordable than existing plastic models.

They are insulated and ventilated, include a sugar solution to keep the bees healthy before release, and provide pollination for up to four weeks.

Bumblebees offer advantages over other wild pollinators because they tend to remain in the area into which they are released and fly even during cold, windy or wet weather, so visiting more flowers during the flowering period, said Koppert.

The hive will be unveiled to the industry at Fruit Logistica in Berlin next month and is supported by a website - natupol.com.


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