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Bee Bread Cells in Honey Super Distort The Results of Pollen Analysis of Honey
- Teper, Dariusz, Semkiw, Piotr, Skubida, Piotr, Borański, Mikołaj
- Journal of apicultural science 2018 v.62 no.2 pp. 257-263
- bees, centrifugation, extractors, honey, nectar, pollen, pollen analysis, propolis
- The pollen analysis is currently the only reliable test to determine honey variety, but the results are sometimes burdened with error. The main reason for this is additional pollen that got into honey in a way other than with nectar collected by bees but through the centrifugation of combs containing bee bread cells. Studies were conducted in 2012 - 2013 on how different numbers of bee bread cells placed in the honey super influence lime honey pollen analysis. Bee bread pollen getting into honey during extraction in centrifugal-force honey extractors was proven to significantly influence the results of pollen analysis. In some extreme cases, it might skew the results so much that correct determination of honey variety by pollen analysis is no longer possible.