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Story Publication logo May 10, 2021

Ten Portraits of Durian Pollinating Agents in the Pekalongan Tropical Rainforest (bahasa Indonesia)

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A view of mountains in the Petungkriyono forest area, Indonesia.
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a gloved hand holding a bat
A bats caught in the tropical rainforest of Petungkriyono, Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.

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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.

five durian fruits hanging from a durian tree in the forest
Durian fruit in the tropical rainforest of Petungkriyono, Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.
a durian farmer climbing on a durian tree to harvest fruit
Tarsono (45), a durian farmer from Mendolo Village, Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.
bird's eye view of a durian tree in the forest
Durian tree in the tropical rainforest of Petungkriyono, Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.
durian farmer walking on a branch to harvest fruit from a durian tree
Farmers harvest durian using a traditional method in Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.
aerial view of a grouping of houses in a hamlet in the middle of the forest
Mendolo Wetan Hamlet Landscape, Mendolo Village, Lebakbarang District, Pekalongan Regency, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.
a small bat held in a gloved hand
A megachiroptera bat caught in the tropical rainforest of Petungkriyono, Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.
two scientists wearing surgical masks and gloves holding bats
The research team with captured bats in the Petungkriyono tropical rainforest in Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.
two scientists wearing surgical masks looking off into the forest at night
The research team observing the movement of bats in the Petungkriyono tropical rainforest in Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.
the gloved hand of a researching collecting pollen from the outstretched wing of a bat
The research team taking pollen on the body of bats caught in the tropical rainforest of Petungkriyono in Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.
aerial view of durian trees in the rainforest
Durian trees in the tropical rainforest of Petungkriyono, Pekalongan, Central Java. Image by Dhana Kencana/IDN Times. Indonesia, 2021.