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The few studies of pollination of greenhouse capsicum with different pollinators, such as the solitary bees (Osmia cornifrons), bumble bees (Bombus terrestris) or the honey bee (Apis mellifera) have found that insect pollination increased fruit weight and the percentage of extra-large and large fruit compared with self-pollinated fruit (Roldán Serrano and Guerra-Sanz 2006; Jarlan et al. 1997). Bees increase the number of seeds in capsicum fruit and thus the fruit attracts more assimilates, making it grow faster and bigger. 

The presence of honey bees has shown to be responsible for reduced deformities in fruit as well as more rapid fruit set leading to shorter harvesting periods (Shipp et al. 1994)

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