As pollinators, bats play key role in large-scale durian production in Indonesia

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The activities of the nocturnal mammals determine whether fruit production will be successful or unsuccessful, demonstrating the vital need to protect them, said researchers from the University of Florida, the Wildlife Conservation Society in Indonesia, the American Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of the Philippines. For Indonesia, a primary producer of durian in Southeast Asia, the fruit had an export value of almost $255 million in 2013, the researchers said. However, production quotas are inconsistent, leading to the Sulawesi study in an effort to determine methods that could improve crop production.

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