Enhancing pollination is more effective than increased conventional agriculture inputs for improving watermelon yields

Thomas Sawe, Katrine Eldegard, Ørjan Totland, Samora Macrice & Anders Nielsen
Agricultural practices to improve yields in small-scale farms in Africa usually focus on improving growing conditions for the crops by applying fertilizers, irrigation and/or pesticides. This may however, have limited effect on yield if the availability of effective pollinators is too low. In this study, we established an experiment to test whether soil fertility, soil moisture and/or pollination was limiting watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) yields in Northern Tanzania. We subjected the experimental field to common farming...
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