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Melissopalynology is the study of honey and any pollen contained therein. By extension, it also includes the study of the pollen source. By studying the pollen in a sample of honey, it is possible to determine the geographical location and genus of the plants that the honey bees visited.

This information is useful when substantiating a claim of a particular source of a sample of honey. Honey derived from one particular source plant is more valuable than honey derived from many types of plants. The price of honey also varies according to the region it comes from.

In summary, melissopalynology is used to combat fraud and inaccurate labelling of honey.

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Palynology Summary (1835 words)
Melissopalynology is the study of pollen in honey, with the purpose of identifying the source plants used by bees in the production of honey.
Melissopalynology - the study of pollen and spores found in honey.
Because the distribution of acritarchs, chitinozoans, dinoflagellate cysts, pollen and spores provides evidence of stratigraphical correlation through biostratigraphy and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, one common and lucrative application of palynology is in oil and gas exploration.
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