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Melissopalynological Characterization of North Algerian Honeys
Laboratory Research on Biological Systems and Geomatics, Faculty of Nature and Life, University of Mascara, 29000, Mascara, Algeria
Laboratory of Experimental Biotoxicology, Biodepollution and Phytoremediation, University of Es-Senia, 31000, Oran, Algeria
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Received: 5 January 2013; in revised form: 11 February 2013 / Accepted: 16 February 2013 / Published: 7 March 2013
Abstract: A pollen analysis of Algerian honey was conducted on a total of 10 honey samples. The samples were prepared using the methodology described by Louveaux et al., that was then further adapted by Ohe et al. The samples were subsequently observed using light microscopy. A total of 36 pollen taxa were discovered and could be identified in the analyzed honey samples. Seventy percent of the studied samples belonged to the group ofmonofloral honeys represented by Eucalyptus globulus, Thymus vulgaris, Citrus sp. and Lavandula angustifolia. Multifloral honeys comprised 30% of the honey samples, with pollen grains of Lavandula stoechas (28.49%) standing out as the most prevalent. Based on cluster analysis, two different groups of honey were observed according to different pollen types found in the samples. The identified pollen spectrum of honey confirmed their botanical origin.
Keywords: pollen analysis; Algerian honey; cluster analysis; pollen spectrum; botanical origin
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Nair, S.; Meddah, B.; Aoues, A. Melissopalynological Characterization of North Algerian Honeys. Foods 2013, 2, 83-89.
Nair S, Meddah B, Aoues A. Melissopalynological Characterization of North Algerian Honeys. Foods. 2013; 2(1):83-89.
Nair, Samira; Meddah, Boumedienne; Aoues, Abdelkader. 2013. "Melissopalynological Characterization of North Algerian Honeys." Foods 2, no. 1: 83-89.