Predominant and secondary pollen botanical origins influence the carotenoid and fatty acid profile in fresh honeybee-collected pollen

J Agric Food Chem. 2014 Jul 9;62(27):6306-16. doi: 10.1021/jf5020318. Epub 2014 Jun 30.


Total and individual carotenoids, fatty acid composition of total lipids, and main lipid classes of 16 fresh bee-collected pollen samples from Romania were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography with photodiode array detection and capillary gas chromatography with mass detection. Analyzed samples were found rich in lutein, whereas β-criptoxanthin and β-carotene were present in a wide range of amounts correlated with predominant botanical origin of the samples. High amounts of lutein were correlated with the presence of Callendula officinalis, Taraxacum officinale and Anthylis sp. The highest amount of total lipids was found in samples where pollen from Brassica sp. was predominant. Lipid classes were dominated by polyunsaturated fatty acids. Saturated fatty acids were determined in variable amounts. Lipid and carotenoid contents present great variability, explained by the various botanical species present in the samples.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Asteraceae / chemistry*
  • Bees / physiology
  • Carotenoids / analysis*
  • Chromatography, Gas
  • Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid
  • Fatty Acids / analysis*
  • Pollen / chemistry*
  • Pollination
  • Taraxacum / chemistry*


  • Fatty Acids
  • Carotenoids