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2013 (Vol. 5, Issue: 4)
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The Role of Bee Pollinators in Improving Berry Weight and Coffee Cup Quality

Rebecca H.N. Karanja, Grace N. Njoroge, John M. Kihoro, Mary W. Gikungu and L.E. Newton
Corresponding Author:  Rebecca H.N. Karanja 

Key words:  Berry weights, Coffee arabica, cup quality, pollination, , ,
Vol. 5 , (4): 52-55
Submitted Accepted Published
June 13, 2012 September 08, 2012 July 25, 2013
Abstract:

The study was conducted at Kiambu County in Kenya. The aim of this study was to investigate whether pollination improves the coffee yield and quality of processed coffee in terms of taste and aroma. Among the parameters evaluated when grading coffee for sale in world market are berry weight and cup quality. No previous work in Kenya describes the role of bee pollinators in enhancement of coffee yields and quality. Data on berry weights and the resulting processed coffee quality from different pollination levels in organically grown coffee were analyzed. Results from this study indicate that coffee benefits immensely from pollinators. The highest berry weight and coffee cup quality were recorded in open pollinated and cross pollinated coffee. There were significant differences in weight and cup quality (p<0.001) between open pollinated coffee and wind pollination, self pollination and autogamy. The study concludes that pollination not only improves the coffee yields but also enhance the coffee cup taste and aroma. High quality coffee fetches higher prices in the world coffee market.
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Rebecca H.N. Karanja, Grace N. Njoroge, John M. Kihoro, Mary W. Gikungu and L.E. Newton, 2013. The Role of Bee Pollinators in Improving Berry Weight and Coffee Cup Quality.  Asian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 5(4): 52-55.
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