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The Kentucky Honey Testing Laboratory (KYHTL) is a new venture at Bluegrass Community and Technical College that helps honey producers assure the quality of their product and provide certification required for compliance with truth-in labeling guidelines. KYHTL is the first project to utilize melissopalynology in support of DNA metabarcoding to identify pollen in honey samples. This endeavor aims to bring the US closer to Jones and Bryant’s (1980) goal of having a data base of the compositional properties of honey in our 50 states and eventually for individual regions.

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KYHTL at OPaL: Developing Skills in Melissopalynology in Support of Regional Beekeepers



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