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Pekalongan, IDN Times - Do you love durian? Do you hate durian because of its smell? Regardless of personal tastes, durian remains a typical fruit in tropical regions, like Indonesia.
In durian's journey to maturation, bats play an important role in the pollination process. Unfortunately, the role bats play in durian production is not widely known by the public. In fact, the stigma against bats as destructive animals or pests to durian trees has been passed on from generation to generation and still occurs to this day.