Author: Robert Heyduck

Announcing the publication of the 2017 ABRC Proceedings.

Check out the abstracts from the oral and poster presentations that were submitted for publication as part of the conference proceedings. There are a total of 62 abstracts included!  Thanks all for your work and effort in getting the abstracts submitted so quickly so that they could be published, online and in print, shortly after the actual meeting. Thanks to Bee World for working with us to get these published! I think the proceedings turned out really well. One of the benefits of publication through this journal is that these abstracts can and should be cited in relevant manuscripts....

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Mold/aflatoxin contamination of honey bee collected pollen from different Serbian regions

In many locales, bee pollen is collected in pollen traps by beekeepers and is sold as a health food. Pollen is high in protein, and as such, is also a very important source of bee nutrition. This protein content, as well as the fact that pollen is usually somewhat damp when collected, means that it is also subject to degradation if not stored properly. Molds–and the toxins they produce–then have the potential to compromise the health of human and bee pollen consumers alike. Researchers in Serbia found traces of mold in 38% of samples, but found aflatoxin in 100% of pollen samples collected in different regions of Serbia. Aflatoxins are poisonous and cancer-causing toxins produced by several molds, mainly Aspergilus sp., and are common in improperly stored staple agricultural goods. This may be an area to investigate with Monarda, as extracts of thyme have already been shown to inhibit mold growth and fermentation in...

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