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A “bout” of 250 flowers visited by a bee.


Randomly generate # open flowers on raceme based on empirical distribution.


Randomly generate flowers visited based on 56% movement probability.

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To estimate the impact, we did a computer simulation of bee behavior, using the data that we’d collected in the field and greenhouse.
The simulation consisted of bouts of 250 flower visits on hypothetical racemes with number of open flowers on each raceme randomly generated based on the empirical distributions of flowers per raceme that we measured in the field.
We used a 56% movement rule to randomly generate the number of flowers visited per raceme and per plant, and then counted up the number of flowers visited per plant.