Pollen profile of propolis produced on the eastern edge of the sonoran desert in Central Sonora, Mexico

Rey David Vargas-Sánchez, María Cristina Peñalba-Garmendia, José Jesús Sánchez-Escalante, Gastón Ramón Torrescano-Urrutia, Armida Sánchez-Escalante*

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Abstract

Eight propolis samples from the eastern edge of the Sonoran Desert were collected at two sites (Pueblo de Alamos and Rancho Viejo, located at Ures, Sonora, Mexico) during two seasons of the year (winter and summer, 2012 and 2013) and analyzed using palynological methods in order to determine which plants were visited by bees in order to collect raw material (resins, wax and pollen) to form propolis. The pollen analysis identified a total of 42 pollen types. Six samples of propolis were bifloral (summer and winter samples) and two multifloral (winter). Mimosa distachya var. laxiflora and Prosopis velutina were considered characteristic pollen types, composing 15 to 45% of total pollen sums.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-86
Number of pages18
JournalActa Botanica Mexicana
Volume2016
Issue number114
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Botanical origin
  • Pollen analysis
  • Propolis
  • Sonora-Mexico

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