Pollen diversity in honeys of the Czech Republic in the 2019 season


  • Matej Pospiech University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology, Department of Plant Origin Foodstuffs Hygiene and Technology, Palackeho tr. 1946/1, 612 42 Brno, Czech Republic, Tel.: +42041562704
  • Simona Ljasovská University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology, Department of Plant Origin Foodstuffs Hygiene and Technology, Palackeho tr. 1946/1, 612 42 Brno, Czech Republic, Tel.: +42041562704
  • Dalibor Titěra Czech University of Life Science Prague, Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources, Department of Zoology and Fisheries, Kamýcká 129, 165 00 Praha 6 - Suchdol, Czech Republic, Tel.: +420607985393
  • Vojtěch Kružík University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology, Department of Food Preservation, Technická 5, 166 28 Praha 6 – Dejvice, Czech Republic, Tel.: +420220443003
  • Zdeňka Javůrková University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology, Department of Plant Origin Foodstuffs Hygiene and Technology, Palackeho tr. 1946/1, 612 42 Brno, Czech Republic, Tel.: +42041562704
  • Bohuslava Tremlová University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology, Department of Plant Origin Foodstuffs Hygiene and Technology, Palackeho tr. 1946/1, 612 42 Brno, Czech Republic, Tel.: +42041562700




melissopalynology, botany taxa, pollen, biodiversity, adulteration


Honeybees are important pollinators. As a side product of pollination, honeybees produce honey, as a natural sweetener. The source of honey depends on the hive location. In specific conditions honeybees produce monofloral honey, but more common are polyfloral kinds of honey. In this study honey from the Czech Republic in the 2019 season was evaluated by melissopalynology analysis. The common botanical taxa in the Czech Republic were determined and season impact to pollen taxa was compared for dominant pollen taxa. The taxonomic distribution of pollen in Czech honey was stable during the year. The average number of species was 11.52 taxa per sample. The dominant pollen source in Czech honey was the Brassicaceae family. The high pollen content in honey was confirmed also in the Rosacea family (fruit tree), Ubelliferacae family and Myosotis genus. During the year the pollen taxa were equally distributed in honey. Seasonal effects were confirmed only in Salix genus, Ubelliferacae family and Phacelia genus. Seasonal effects correspond with the blooming season and honeybee handling in the hive was also confirmed. High variability during the season and hive location was confirmed for other taxa.


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How to Cite

Pospiech, M., Ljasovská, S., Titěra, D., Kružík, V., Javůrková, Z., & Tremlová, B. (2020). Pollen diversity in honeys of the Czech Republic in the 2019 season . Potravinarstvo Slovak Journal of Food Sciences, 14, 1115–1123. https://doi.org/10.5219/1504

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