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An experiment by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) involving bees is getting good results. The bees used in testing are a Brazilian species, and unlike the European and African types, it has no stinger, which facilitates handling in pollination.

Conducted in greenhouses and open field where there is organic strawberry production, tests showed that pollination by Brazilian bees reduced the rate of fruit deformation. By the end of 2015, EMBRAPA intends to have a technical manual for handling these insects, including recommendations more consistent with irrigation and spraying systems.

Since these bees have no stinger, the idea is to spread hives throughout the plantations to increase pollination without risk to workers.

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