Sunday, 8 October 2017

Durian industry could suffer without the endangered fruit bat


Date: October 3, 2017
Source: University of Nottingham

Scientists have discovered that Southeast Asia's endangered fruit bats -- commonly known as flying foxes -- play an important part in the pollination of the iconic and economically important durian tree.

Using camera traps, researchers collected video evidence showing the island flying fox (Pteropus hypomelanus) pollinating durian flowers, leading to the production of healthy durian fruit. Their study -- Pollination by the locally endangered island flying fox (Pteropus hypomelanus) enhances fruit production of the economically important durian (Durio zibethinus) -- has been published in the Journal of Ecology and Evolution.


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