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Mineral characteristics of indigenous bee, Apis dorsata and Apis cerana indica honey from plains, hills and western ghats of Karnataka.

B alasubramanyam, M.V. 1 and Chandrasekhara Reddy, C.2

Journal Title:Journal of Chemical, Biological and physical sciences

Multifloral honey of giant honey bee, A. dorsata (wild) and indian hivebee, A. cerana indica (apiary) was collected from the plains, hills and western ghats of Karnataka and mineral characteristics were determined during April 2010 to March 2011. Honey of A. dorsata had more mineral content than that of A.cerana. Often mineral characteristics tested in honey, potassium was found maximum while chromium was minimal. Seasonally, mineral content of honey was relatively more in winter than summer. Mineral content of honey was higher in Western Ghats followed by plains and hills. The potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sodium and magnesium of honey were significant at 1% (P