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The evidence indicates that the need for cross-pollination between mango cultivars is not critical, at least for most cultivars, but there is need for pollinating insects to transfer the pollen from anthers to stigma within the cultivar to obtain satisfactory crops of fruit.

Several more recent studies give indications to the effectiveness of honey bees in pollinating mango crops.  Du Toit (1994) found that fruit set was poor in both open-pollinated and bagged inflorescences when honey bees were introduced into a South African mango orchard.  Singh (1989) had contrasting findings, showing that several foraging insects including the European honey bee significantly increased fruit set.  Farjado et al. (2008) found that after the introduction of bee colonies, fruit set in uncaged inflorescences (41%) was significantly higher than that in caged inflorescences (0.7%).

Greater research into the technicalities of mango pollination and alternative pollinator methods is required in Australia.  This will allow management decisions to be implemented on an informed basis so that orchardists will know how best to pollinate their crop.

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