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NHS Booklet No.10: The Study of Pollen (A Short History). Note: Download file after purchase.
The original text for 'The Study of Pollen (A Brief History)' was written by the renowned pollen expert Rex Sawyer in the 1980's. It should be noted that this is a summary of the history of pollen study; not a text on pollen grains. This revised version retains Rex Sawyer's text and adds a little history of the developments in pollen study since then.
THE STUDY OF POLLENAt the National Honey Show you see hundreds of jars of beautiful clear and crystallised honey. It is difficult to realise that every jar contains a million or more unseen pollen grains. Straining through the finest cloth will not remove them, nor would it be desirable, for they form a natural and beneficial part of the honey. To the ancients pollen was seen as fine flour and they named it accordingly. Like dust it floats invisibly in the air but collected in mass by bees it forms the coloured loads which they carry on their legs. For as colourless drops of water form the blue seas so the apparently colourless pollen grains form loads of many colours according to the plants from which they are gathered.
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