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The effect of collecting area on the element content of Hungarian acacia honeys

Published September 5, 2018
Nikolett Czipa
University of Debrecen, Institute of Food Science, Debrecen
Andrea Kántor
University of Debrecen, Institute of Food Science, Debrecen
Loránd Alexa
University of Debrecen, Institute of Food Science, Debrecen
Béla Kovács
University of Debrecen, Institute of Food Science, Debrecen
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Czipa, N., Kántor, A., Alexa, L., & Kovács, B. (2018). The effect of collecting area on the element content of Hungarian acacia honeys. Acta Agraria Debreceniensis, (150), 129-138. https://doi.org/10.34101/actaagrar/150/1709

Six macroelements and twelve microelements were identified in thirty-six Hungarian acacia honeys collected from ten counties by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). One-Way ANOVA (LSD and Dunnett T3 test) and linear discriminant analysis (LDA) were used to determine the statistically verified differences among the honey samples with different geographical origin.

Significant differences were established among the samples from different counties in Na, P, S, Fe, Ni, Cu and Sr concentrations. Based on the macroelement content of honeys, the separation of samples with different geographical origin was not successful because the percent of correctly categorised cases was only 64.9%. However, examining the As, B, Ba, Cu, Fe Mn, Ni and Sr concentration, the separation of different groups was convincing since the percent of correctly classified cases was 97.2%. Thus, the examination of microelement concentration may be able to determine the geographical origin of acacia honeys.

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