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Pollen Count in Honey at Analytica
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Pollen Count in Honey at Analytica

We are pleased to announce the launch of our pollen counting service. For some time, we have had requests from clients to consider setting up this testing, to make it possible to get a faster service than has been available to this point. As with others carrying out pollen counting, our testing provides a count of the number of pollen grains per gram of honey, and identifies the pollen grains that are most common in the honey sample. The test is often used to identify the flowers that bees have been visiting when collecting nectar, and is often requested for honey that does not meet the MPI definition of being a mono-floral or multi-floral manuka. Pollen count results can be needed for honey that is being exported to some overseas countries.

Interpreting the results of pollen counts is not simple, as some pollens can be over-represented or under-represented in honey (compared with the source of the nectar in the honey) depending on the characteristics of the particular flowers or plants involved. There have been some interesting articles on this in the NZ Beekeeper Journal in recent years, and we have put some of them on our website for those who want to read more. You can access these articles at the link below.

Our goal is to report pollen count results for samples within 1-2 weeks of samples arriving. It’s a slow test method, with limits to daily testing capacity, so if you have samples to submit and want to check on turn-around time please feel free to call or e-mail to enquire.

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