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Agriculture 2012, 2(1), 25-37; doi:10.3390/agriculture2010025
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Differentiation of Blossom Honey and Honeydew Honey from Northwest Spain

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Received: 27 December 2011; in revised form: 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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MDPI and ACS Style

Olga, E.; María, F.-G.; Carmen, S.M. Differentiation of Blossom Honey and Honeydew Honey from Northwest Spain. Agriculture 2012, 2, 25-37.

AMA Style

Olga E, María F-G, Carmen SM. Differentiation of Blossom Honey and Honeydew Honey from Northwest Spain. Agriculture. 2012; 2(1):25-37.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Olga, Escuredo; María, Fernández-González; Carmen, Seijo María. 2012. "Differentiation of Blossom Honey and Honeydew Honey from Northwest Spain." Agriculture 2, no. 1: 25-37.

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