Sunday, October 12, 2008

Plant Origin of Japanese Propolis Identified

Rhus javanica var. chinensis as a New Plant Origin of Propolis from Okayama, Japan
Biosci Biotechnol Biochem, 2008 Oct 7

To directly identify the plant origin of propolis from Takebe-cho (Okayama, Japan), we observed the honeybee behavior. Honeybees scraped sap from the tree, Rhus javanica var. chinensis. We compared the constituents and radical-scavenging activity of this sap and propolis. Their chemical constituents and radical-scavenging activity were comparable. This indicates directly that the plant origin of this propolis is R. javanica var. chinensis.

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