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Agriculture 2012, 2(1), 25-37; doi:10.3390/agriculture2010025

Differentiation of Blossom Honey and Honeydew Honey from Northwest Spain

Department of Vegetal Biology and Soil Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Vigo, As Lagoas, Ourense 32004, Spain
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Received: 27 December 2011 / Revised: 10 January 2012 / Accepted: 14 January 2012 / Published: 20 January 2012
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Abstract

The knowledge of important parameters for honey characterization is an increasing requirement of consumers and the honey industry. In this respect, differentiation between blossom honeys and some honeydew honeys is still an unresolved task. This study includes the results of physicochemical and melissopalynological analysis of 86 honey samples from north-western Spain. The relationship between the microscopic elements in honey, such as Metschnikowia cells and fungal spores from plant pathogens, together with their physicochemical parameters were analysed. A cluster analysis was performed to differentiate blossom honey samples from honeydew samples. Metschnikowia cells and certain fungal spores were found to be good variables to enable differentiation between blossom honeys and honeydew honeys.
Keywords: honey typification; nectar honey; honeydew honey; physicochemical analysis; biotic elements honey typification; nectar honey; honeydew honey; physicochemical analysis; biotic elements
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Olga, E.; María, F.-G.; Carmen, S.M. Differentiation of Blossom Honey and Honeydew Honey from Northwest Spain. Agriculture 2012, 2, 25-37.

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