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Molecular Characterization of Maltese Honey
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Molecular Characterization of Maltese Honey  

MCST National R&I Programme 2011-2014

The Maltese Islands are renowned for the production of genuine honey from different floral sources depending on the season and the location of the apiary.  This project aims to evaluate the quality of the honey produced in the Maltese Islands.  The intention is to collect as many samples as possible, from different sources and pollinating seasons.  The consortium aims to screen local honey samples for their physicochemical constitution and floral origin. The physicochemical characteristics that will be studied are moisture content, pH, conductivity, colour, phytochemical analysis and enzymatic activity. All samples will be subjected to DNA analysis to determine the floral origin of the honey and whether the honey is of mono-floral or multi-floral origins. During this first year, a project assistant was recruited with the aim of conducting research in the laboratory. During May 2011, there was the collection of honey samples for the spring harvest. The physicochemical characteristics were initiated immediately as samples have to be collected each season. To complement this, a laboratory officer was sent to Apiculture Research Centre in Turkey on a training course for the analysis of honey.

Further information is available on request from the Division of Rural Sciences and Food Systems.

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