African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6574

Full Length Research Paper

Pollen spectra of honeys produced in Algeria

Samira Nair1*, Boumedienne Meddah1 and Abdelkader Aoues2
1Laboratory Research on Biological Systems and Geomatics, Faculty of Nature and Life, University of Mascara, Algeria. 2Laboratory of Experimental Biotoxicology, Biodepollution and Phytoremediation, University of Es-Senia, Oran, Algeria.  
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 04 April 2013
  •  Published: 06 June 2013

Abstract

The objective of this study was to evaluate the quality of 10 honey samples produced in Algeria. The samples were prepared using the methodology described by Louveaux and co-workers. Honeys were considered to be monofloral whenever the dominant pollen was found to be over 45% of total pollen. The results obtained in the present study show the variability of the honey samples. The botanical families Myrtaceae, Rutaceae and Lamiaceae are most frequently found. The identified pollen spectrum of honey confirmed their botanical origin.

 

Key words: Honey, Algeria, pollen spectrum, botanical origin.