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Propolis is a wax-like resinous substance collected by honey bees from tree buds (e.g. poplar) or other plant-related sources and used as cement and to seal cracks or open spaces in the beehive. Many chemical compose different propolis, the varies according the latitude and other local characteristics: flavone and flavonols, chalcones, chromones, and so on A combination of botanical and chemical systems are required for a complete identification of provenance of a sample of propolis; between the first palynological profile is the preferred method, chemistry determination includes an array of chromatographic methods.
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- Peña R.C. & G. Montenegro Comparison of Propolis and Honey using standardized methods. In: Beneficial effects of Propolis on Human Health and chronic diseases Vol. 1. Farooqui T. and Farooqui A.A. (eds.) 2013. pp. 249-266
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