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Development of a Backpack-Mounted Pollen Vacuum

Supplemental pollination is regularly used in seed orchards to minimize gain dilution due to pollen sources outside the orchard. This practice requires large amounts of pollen. Standard pollen-collection methods can be labor intensive. This article describes parts needed and assembly steps for constructing a backpack-mounted vacuum system that is cord free and maintains suction efficiency without the need for filtration bags. This pollen-collection system has been used successfully at the Washington Department of Natural Resources Meridian Seed Orchard. The vacuum system also has potential for collecting native plant seed.


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Author(s): Rocky Oster, Jeff DeBell

Publication: Tree Planters' Notes - Volumes 59, Number 1 (2016)

Volume: 59

Number: 1

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