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Unsatisfactory crop yield from sweet cherries has been traced to insufficient or ineffective pollination (Somerville 1999).  Most varieties of sweet cherries grown in Australia are self-sterile, while some varieties are cross-sterile with other varieties.

Several studies have shown increased fruit set and resultant production when using managed honey bee colonies for pollination services (Free 1960; Langridge and Goodman 1973; Somerville 1999).  A study in Victoria demonstrated the importance of bees as the primary agent for pollinating cherries (Somerville 1999; Langridge and Goodman 1973).  Trees caged from bees had a 2% fruit set, as compared to uncaged trees exposed to the activities of bees which had a 35.9% fruit set (Table 2). The yields were 1.9kg/tree for the caged trees and 35.2kg/tree for the uncaged trees (Table 2). It was found that 97% of the insects that visited the cherry flowers were honey bees (Langridge and Goodman 1973).

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