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Diversity 2010, 2(4), 610-617; doi:10.3390/d2040610

DNA Barcoding for Honey Biodiversity

Université Grenoble 1, CNRS, UMR 5553, Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine, F-38041 Grenoble 09, France
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Received: 2 March 2010 / Revised: 8 April 2010 / Accepted: 12 April 2010 / Published: 19 April 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biological Diversity Assessed by Molecular Methods)
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Honey is produced by honeybees from nectar and from secretions of living plants. It reflects the honeybees’ diet and the local plant communities. Honey also shows different plant compositions in different geographical locations. We propose a new method for studying the plant diversity and the geographical origin of honey using a DNA barcoding approach that combines universal primers and massive parallel pyrosequencing. To test this method we use two commercial honeys, one from a regional origin and one composed of a worldwide mix of different honeys. We demonstrate that the method proposed here is fast, simple to implement, more robust than classical methods, and therefore suitable for analyzing plant diversity in honey.
Keywords: DNA barcoding; trnL approach; honey; plant diversity DNA barcoding; trnL approach; honey; plant diversity
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Valentini, A.; Miquel, C.; Taberlet, P. DNA Barcoding for Honey Biodiversity. Diversity 2010, 2, 610-617.

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