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Honeybee hives are distributed throughout citrus orchards in most Mediterranean countries during crop flowering, facilitating the pollination needs of citrus, while also supporting beekeepers' income with the production of citrus blossom honey. Spain, however, is a special case where pollination of citrus flowers is not desirable since it increases seed content in the fruit, lowering its marketability. Also, in other Mediterranean countries improper use of pesticides by citrus farmers, either discourages the introduction of beehives in the vicinity of citrus groves, or greatly affects the quality of the honey produced, while diminishing opportunities for export of pesticide-laden citrus products to EU market.

PLANT-B interactive map

The PLANT-B interactive map highlights the project's partners as well as the countries supported by the project.