Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

The Journal of Nutrition

Volume

107

Issue

10

Publication Date

10-1-1977

First Page

1859

Last Page

1862

Abstract

Carbohydrates in some pollen substitutes (galactose, lactose, raffinose, stachyose, glucuronic acid, galacturonic acid, polygalacturonic acid, and pectin) were toxic to caged adult Apis mellifera L. These toxins can be diluted to safe levels by sucrose. Collected nectar apparently dilutes the toxic sugars in pollen thus permitting assimilation of essential nutrients from pollen.

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