For good production in most fruit crops, the flowers must be well-pollinated to ensure that the fruit sets. Good pollination, together with the appropriate growing conditions will ensure good and high quality produce. We understand pollination to be the transfer of ripe pollen from the anthers to the pistil of the same or another flower (depending on the crop). In the past, pollination was done by hand, naturally (for example, by the wind) and/or with an electric device.
Since the 1980s, in many countries the large earth bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) is used for pollinating various fruit crops, such as tomatoes, peppers, aubergine, melon and strawberries. The bumblebee is also used as pollinator for seed cultivation. This bumblebee can be deployed in greenhouses, tunnels and in the open and makes an excellent replacement for all other forms of pollination.
Since the 1980s, Biopol Natural has its own production of high-quality bumblebees. These are produced in production centres abroad. The last phase – and with this, the final quality control – is performed at our Stellendam location in the Netherlands. This phase concerns the 4 to 6 weeks in which the mature bumblebee colony is formed.