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Differentiation of Blossom Honey and Honeydew Honey from Northwest Spain

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  • Escuredo Olga

    () (Department of Vegetal Biology and Soil Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Vigo, As Lagoas, Ourense 32004, Spain)

  • Fernández-González María

    (Department of Vegetal Biology and Soil Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Vigo, As Lagoas, Ourense 32004, Spain)

  • Seijo María Carmen

    (Department of Vegetal Biology and Soil Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Vigo, As Lagoas, Ourense 32004, Spain)

Abstract

The knowledge of important parameters for honey characterization is an increasing requirement of consumers and the honey industry. In this respect, differentiation between blossom honeys and some honeydew honeys is still an unresolved task. This study includes the results of physicochemical and melissopalynological analysis of 86 honey samples from north-western Spain. The relationship between the microscopic elements in honey, such as Metschnikowia cells and fungal spores from plant pathogens, together with their physicochemical parameters were analysed. A cluster analysis was performed to differentiate blossom honey samples from honeydew samples. Metschnikowia cells and certain fungal spores were found to be good variables to enable differentiation between blossom honeys and honeydew honeys.

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  • Escuredo Olga & Fernández-González María & Seijo María Carmen, 2012. "Differentiation of Blossom Honey and Honeydew Honey from Northwest Spain," Agriculture, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(1), pages 1-13, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jagris:v:2:y:2012:i:1:p:25-37:d:15785
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    Keywords

    honey typification; nectar honey; honeydew honey; physicochemical analysis; biotic elements;

    JEL classification:

    • Q1 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture
    • Q10 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - General
    • Q11 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Aggregate Supply and Demand Analysis; Prices
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets
    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • Q14 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Finance
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services
    • Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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