Pollen Spectra of Natural Honey Samples from a Coastal District of Orissa, India

publication date: Feb 1, 2012
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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 51 (1) pp. 10 - 22
DOI
10.3896/IBRA.1.51.1.03
Date
February 2012
Article Title

Pollen Spectra of Natural Honey Samples from a Coastal District of Orissa, India

Author(s)

Debasis Upadhyay and Subir Bera

Abstract

Microscopic analysis of 34 natural honey samples collected between January 2008 and December 2009 from one of the east coastal districts of India with unique native flora, indicates that 26 samples were of unifloral and 8 samples were multifloral. Sixty two plant genera of which Phoenix, Borassus, Cocos, Eucalyptus, Brassica, Barringtonia, Syzygium, Schleichera, Zizyphus, Pongamia, Dalbergia, Psidium, Coriandrum, Mangifera, Lycopersicon, Mimosa, Citrus, and Moringa were the most prevalent bee plant genera. Pollen grains of Arecaceae, characteristic elements of coastal vegetation, were represented in twenty nine samples. Principal Component Analysis confirmed that all of the 26 unifloral samples had been classified correctly by melissopalynological analysis.

 

Keywords

natural honey, melissopalynology, unifloral, Orissa, India, Principal Component Analysis

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