Pollen Analysis of Natural Honey Collected from District Dadu, Sindh Pakistan

J. MANGI, S. S. TAHIR, M. TAHIR, M. RAJPUT

Abstract


The present study aims to investigate different samples of honey from District Dadu Sindh for its pollen analysis. For this investigation, eight different locations were selected for honey sampling. The evaluation of different pollen parameters of several honey samplesrevealed variation in terms of quantity, quality and pollen parameters, such as pollen count, pollen size, pollen shape number and position of the opening of the pollen. Based on their mellissopalynological research, 25 plant species belonging to 18 different families were identified. Of 18 families, Mimosaceae was observed as the most dominant family in the area sampled with its three representatives. Nevertheless; Rhamnaceae, Fabaceae and Myrtaceae, were registered as the second main families in this contest with two species of each. Zizyphus jujuba was noted as the most attractive taxa for bees in the sampled area because it was present in four samples out of a total eight. Dalbergia sissoo, Acacia niloticaand Lawsonia alba were graded as the second leading taxon in the area in which they were present in three of eight samples. Capparis decidua, Mangifera indica, Psidium guajava, Rosa sp., Azadirachta indica and Brassica campestris were present in two samples and thus occupied third leading taxon in the sampling area. The study would be helpful for botanists in general and melissopalynologists particularly to promote honey industry in the area.


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