Diversity of pollen species in commercial honey samples collected from different governorates of Egypt

  • Salah H. Rateb Plant Protection Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Assiut University, 71526 Assiut, Egypt
  • Heba R. Abd-El Karim Plant Protection Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Assiut University, 71526 Assiut, Egypt
  • Mohamed O. M. Omar Plant Protection Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Assiut University, 71526 Assiut, Egypt
  • Mostafa H. Hussein Plant Protection Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Assiut University, 71526 Assiut, Egypt

Abstract

Analysis of pollen species in bee honey reflects the nectar sources of specific honey. It is a very important method to evaluate honey quality situation and frequency of adulteration. To determine dominant sources of Egyptian honeys, 16 commercial honey samples were collected from supermarkets during season of 2017.  Using mellissopalynology technique, a total of 27 pollen species belonging to 18 families were identified in tested honey samples. The predominant pollen sources were clover, alfalfa, date palm, faba bean, coriander, eucalyptus, sunflower and citrus, while the other pollen species were present in honey samples as secondary pollen sources. Most of pollen types identified in honey samples were from necteriferous plants. The date palm was the only main polleneferous plant in the pollen spectrum of studied honeys. Pollen diversity was higher in summer honey samples in comparison with spring honey samples. The present results showed that all sixteen trademark tested honey samples had a natural source and unadulterated.
Published
2019-05-15
How to Cite
Rateb, S., Abd-El Karim, H., Omar, M., & Hussein, M. (2019). Diversity of pollen species in commercial honey samples collected from different governorates of Egypt. Journal of Phytopathology and Pest Management, 6(1), 24-31. Retrieved from http://ppmj.net/index.php/ppmj/article/view/190
Section
Research Articles