Self-pollinating almond trees that can produce a bountiful harvest without insect pollination are being developed by Agricultural Research Service scientists.


This is good news for almond growers who face rising costs for insect pollination because of nationwide shortages of honeybees due to colony collapse disorder and other factors.


Geneticist Craig Ledbetter, at the agency's Crop Diseases, Pests and Genetics Research Unit near Parlier, Calif., is developing this new line of self-pollinating almond trees.


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