A PhD student at Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences is studying methods to imitate honey and developing a method to verify its composition. Throughout the production process, Jordan Sycz will test the honey.
According to the University’s press release:
Jordan Sycz, a PhD student at Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, wants to take a closer look at the ways of adulterating natural honeys in order to develop simple methods to verify their chemical composition and geographical origin. For the project “Analysis of adulterations in the chemical composition and geographical origin of natural honeys from Poland and Europe in relation to enriched honeys and herbal honeys using chromatographic techniques coupled with mass detection” he received a grant from the National Science Center worth nearly PLN 210,000.
In his opinion, the methods of enriching food are becoming more complex and sophisticated, and the chemical complexity of honey matrices makes it difficult to detect subtle changes in its composition.
The scientist will exame changes in the chemical composition of honey at each of the individual stages of its production, including processing by bees. He will check the differences in the volatile profiles of honeys and detect adulterations in complex matrices of enriched and herbal honeys.
The project is also intended to provide comprehensive knowledge about the so-called marker compounds and specific chemical profiles, allowing for a thorough analysis of adulterations not only in the final product, but also at the production stage, i.e. bee honey (pollen, nectar and honeydew). The following will be analysed: honeys most often affected by fraudulent counterfeiting practices, such as rapeseed, heather, buckwheat, honeydew, acacia, goldenrod, phacelia and linden honey.