Characterization of fruit trees pollen


  • 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,
  • 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
  • Hana Běhalová 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.: +42041562702



spectral characteristic, image analysis, palynology, honey, authenticity, melissopalynology


One of the options to determine botanical origin of trees or honey is the analysis of pollen grains. The characteristics of pollen grains in Czech flora has not been sufficiently described yet. Within this work, fruit trees pollen of Czech origin was characterized on the basis of morphological and spectral description of pollen grains produced by fruit species of M. domestica, P. armenica, P. persica, P. domestica, P. avium and P. cerasus. The morphological characterization results of the studied fruit species are consistent with results by other authors, but certain differences between the pollen grains of some fruit trees were confirmed. Most morphological differences were confirmed among the Malus and Prunus genera. Results of morphological and spectral analyzes further confirmed the differences between some types of fruit trees, but homogeneity remained for individual species even in mixed samples. Morphological and spectral analysis can therefore be used for botanical identification of pollen. If this knowledge is applied to pollen analysis in honey, these methods can also be used to verify the botanical origin of honey.


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How to Cite

Pospiech, M., Javůrková, Z., Tremlová, B. ., & Běhalová, H. (2019). Characterization of fruit trees pollen. Potravinarstvo Slovak Journal of Food Sciences, 13(1), 634–643.

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