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Microscopic analysis of honeys from Saskatchewan, Canada

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 26 (4) pp. 247-254
December 1987
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Microscopic analysis of honeys from Saskatchewan, Canada


Marie-Jose Feller-Demalsy, Joahanne Parent And Alexander A. Strachan


Analyses for pollen and honeydew elements were carried out on 42 samples of honey from the province.of Saskatchewan, mostly collected in 1983. Results indicated five characteristic pollen types: Brassicaceae (mustard family, canola), Melilotus spp. (sweet clover), Trifolium hybridum/T. repens (alsike clover-white clover), Medicago sativa (alfalfa or lucerne) and Brassica kaber (wild mustard). Almost all of the honeys studied were unifloral with two cultivated pollen types, Brassicaceae and Melilotus, predominating. Honeydew elements were present in very small quantities. Several regional characteristics were evident. Production of honey in Saskatchewan is closely related to agriculture.


Honey, Honey analysis, Canada, Honeydew, Pollen 

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