Volume No. 5 Issue No.: 3 Page No.: 542-550 January-March 2011

 

Pollen and Physicochemical analysis of honey produced by Apis cerana indica of Nagpur, Maharashtra (INDIA)

 

K. J. Cherian*, M. Bhowal and S. D. Godghate

Department of Botany, Hislop College, Nagpur, Maharashtra (INDIA)

 

Received on : October 24, 2010

 

ABSTRACT

 

The present paper reports pollen and physicochemical analysis on nine honey samples. Honey (capped and uncapped) and pollen load were directly collected from the domesticated bee hives over a period of eleven months from February to December 09. Nineteen morpho types of pollen were identified and categorized into, predominant, major and minor pollen. Majority of the honey sample were unifloral and only one sample was multifloral. The predominant pollen found in honey sample were Brassica compestris, Azadiracta indica, Psidium gaujava, Alternanthera sp., Albizia lebbeck, The Physicochemical profile and honey analysis helped in the characterization of honey with regards to their botanical origin.

 

Keywords : Pollen load, Physicochemical analysis, Capped honey, Apis cerana indica, Uncapped honey,

 

 

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