ARS Scientists Develop Self-pollinating Almond Trees
Shortages of honeybees, among other factors, prompts the research.
Entomologist Chuck Burks (right) bags almonds to exclude navel orangeworm while entomologist Joel P. Siegel hangs a pheromone dispenser to disrupt the pest's mating. These techniques are part of an integrated pest management program under way in the San Joaquin Valley.
courtesy Agricultural Research Service/Peggy Greb
Geneticist Craig Ledbetter examines the nuts of a self-pollinating almond selection in a California test plot.