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Pollen analysis of honeys from the coastal plain of Surinam

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 30 (1) pp. 25-31
March 1991
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Pollen analysis of honeys from the coastal plain of Surinam


J O Kerkvllet; J G Beerllnk


As only a few publications are known concerning the pollen analysis of honeys from Surinam, an investigation was carried out on 97 samples of honey obtained from 30 locations in the coastal plain of Surinam during the period from November 1984 till February 1986. Important nectar sources which were identified were Avicennia germinans, Pterocarpus officinalis, a Piper species, Triplaris surinamensis, Syzygium cumini and Ilex guianensis. The status of Cocos nucifera and other Palmae as nectar plants is not clear. A few other plants, such as a Solanum species, Rhizophora mangle, a member of the Anacardiaceae (with Rhus-type pollen) and Tapirira guianensis, are locally good bee plants. Pollen grains of Cecropia (a nectarless plant) were found in nearly all samples.


honey bees, Apis mellifera, honey, melissopalynology, pollen analysis, Surinam, honey bee forage.

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