Source: Jay B Sauceda, Public School

Honey counterfeiters beware. Vaughn Bryant, the Texas A&M University anthropology professor that moonlights as a honey detective, is determined to keep counterfeit honey off the shelf. Testing hundreds of samples each year at his lab, Bryant can match the pollen grains in a given sample to a specific region. “Because flowering plants vary from region to region and bees rarely stray far from the hive, the pollen print provides a sort of geocode.” This means that he can tell if that Alaskan fireweed honey you paid a premium price for is actually just re-bottled Blue Sky Bee (you know, the stuff that comes in the awesome plastic bear bottle? Yeah.)

(Source: The Hive Minder, WIRED Magazine)


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