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2791RE: [beemonitoring] Honey adulterants and sugar chromatography

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  • Cane, Jim
    Jul 5, 2013

      Joe- if the adulterant is corn syrup, my recollection is that the sugar maltose will be present, which is not found in nectars to any appreciable extent.    I had worked with sugar chemistry some for one project on solitary bee provisions, but Gillian Eggleston with USDA-ARS in Louisiana  was my masterful guide into the sample prep and chromatography, as there are a number of pitfalls.  Perhaps she could be of help if you wish to pursue it.  Here is an article about her:






      James H. Cane

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