The relationship between comb age and the amounts of mineral elements in honey and wax

publication date: Mar 28, 2010
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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 49 (2) pp. 202-207
DOI
Date
April 2010
Article Title

The relationship between comb age and the amounts of mineral elements in honey and wax

Author(s)

El-Kazafy A Taha, Hamdy M Manosur and Mohamed B Shawer

Abstract

This study was carried out at the Faculty of Agriculture, Kafrelsheikh University, Egypt, to study the relation between honey bee comb age and the amount of different minerals present in honey and wax. Mineral element traces in honey and wax were significantly correlated with comb age. The highest mineral values were obtained from honey and wax from combs greater than four years old. The elements copper (Cu), cadmium (Cd), nickel (Ni) and chromium (Cr) were not detected in all honey and wax samples, but Ni was only detected in wax of combs over four years old, at a content of 1.00 mg / kg. It was concluded that mineral traces in honey can be correlated with comb age, and it is possible to differentiate between honeys harvested from combs of different ages.

Keywords

honey, minerals, trace elements, risk elements, wax

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