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Volume 22, Number 5, 1991
Page(s) 495 - 502
Apidologie 22 (1991) 495-502
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19910502

Influence of pollen grain volume on the estimation of the relative importance of its source to bees

F.A. da Silveira

Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Departamento de Biologia Geral, 36570, Viçosa, MG, Brazil

Abstract - The influence of pollen grain volume on the quantitative analysis of food stored by bees is examined. It is concluded that percentages calculated from counts of pollen types in mixed samples of bee food are not reliable estimates of the relative importance of each pollen source to bees. Methodologies to weight frequencies by volumetric correction are discussed.

Key words: pollen grain / volume / estimation / pollen plant / Apoidea / melissopalynological method