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Foods 2019, 8(1), 24; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods8010024

Characterisation of Uruguayan Honeys by Multi-Elemental Analyses as a Basis to Assess Their Geographical Origin

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Centre for Applications of Nuclear Technology in Sustainable Agriculture, Soil and Water Department, Agronomy College, University of the Republic. Av. Garzón 809, CP 12.900 Montevideo, Uruguay
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Soil Fertility Lab, Soil and Water Department, Agronomy College, University of the Republic. Av. Garzón 780, CP 12.900 Montevideo, Uruguay
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Soil and Water Department, Agronomy College, University of the Republic. Av. Garzón 780, CP 12.900 Montevideo, Uruguay
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Received: 10 December 2018 / Revised: 7 January 2019 / Accepted: 9 January 2019 / Published: 11 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Food Analytical Methods)
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Abstract

In this work, we evaluated the possibility of predicting the geographic origin of Uruguayan honeys using discriminant analysis (DA) on mineral concentration. Although the DA results appeared to discriminate between honeys from the south, central and north, the subsequent cross-validation analysis did not confirm this result. We also compared honeys from Uruguay and the Buenos Aires province (Argentina) using DA on mineral composition data. In this case, a clear difference between these two origins was observed. It seems possible to differentiate between Uruguayan honeys and those produced in a neighbouring country based on multivariate statistical methods. View Full-Text
Keywords: honey; mineral content; discriminant analysis honey; mineral content; discriminant analysis
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Berriel, V.; Barreto, P.; Perdomo, C. Characterisation of Uruguayan Honeys by Multi-Elemental Analyses as a Basis to Assess Their Geographical Origin. Foods 2019, 8, 24.

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