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Hydroxymethylfurfural: a possible emergent cause of honey bee mortality?

Lara Zirbes, Bach Kim Nguyen, Dirk de Graaf UGent, Bruno De Meulenaer UGent, Wim Reybroeck, Eric Haubruge and Claude Saegerman (2013) JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY. 61(49). p.11865-11870
abstract
Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), a common product of hexose degradation occurring during the Maillard reaction and caramelization, has been found toxic for rats and mice. It could cause a potential health risk for humans due to its presence in many foods, sometimes exceeding 1 g/kg (in certain dried fruits and caramel products), although the latter still is controversial. HMF can also be consumed by honey bees through bad production batches of sugar syrups that are offered as winter feeding. In Belgium, abnormal losses of honey bee colonies were observed in colonies that were fed with syrup of inverted beet sugar containing high concentrations of HMF (up to 475 mg/kg). These losses suggest that HMF could be implicated in bee mortality, a topic that so far has received only little attention. This paper reviews the current knowledge of the presence of HMF in honey bee environment and possible consequences on bee mortality. Some lines of inquiry for further toxicological analysis are likewise proposed.
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honey bee, hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), MODEL SYSTEMS, COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER, BROWNING INDICATORS, 5-HYDROXYMETHYLFURFURAL HMF, CHROMATOGRAPHY-MASS SPECTROMETRY, syrup, LIQUID-CHROMATOGRAPHY, FOOD, SUGARS, HPLC, mortality, APIS-MELLIFERA
journal title
JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY
J. Agric. Food Chem.
volume
61
issue
49
pages
11865 - 11870
Web of Science type
Review
Web of Science id
000328439700001
JCR category
AGRICULTURE, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
JCR impact factor
3.107 (2013)
JCR rank
2/56 (2013)
JCR quartile
1 (2013)
ISSN
0021-8561
DOI
10.1021/jf403280n
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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4226236
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-4226236
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2014-01-09 10:25:28
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  abstract     = {Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), a common product of hexose degradation occurring during the Maillard reaction and caramelization, has been found toxic for rats and mice. It could cause a potential health risk for humans due to its presence in many foods, sometimes exceeding 1 g/kg (in certain dried fruits and caramel products), although the latter still is controversial. HMF can also be consumed by honey bees through bad production batches of sugar syrups that are offered as winter feeding. In Belgium, abnormal losses of honey bee colonies were observed in colonies that were fed with syrup of inverted beet sugar containing high concentrations of HMF (up to 475 mg/kg). These losses suggest that HMF could be implicated in bee mortality, a topic that so far has received only little attention. This paper reviews the current knowledge of the presence of HMF in honey bee environment and possible consequences on bee mortality. Some lines of inquiry for further toxicological analysis are likewise proposed.},
  author       = {Zirbes, Lara and Nguyen, Bach Kim and de Graaf, Dirk and De Meulenaer, Bruno and Reybroeck, Wim and Haubruge, Eric and Saegerman, Claude},
  issn         = {0021-8561},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY},
  keyword      = {honey bee,hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF),MODEL SYSTEMS,COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER,BROWNING INDICATORS,5-HYDROXYMETHYLFURFURAL HMF,CHROMATOGRAPHY-MASS SPECTROMETRY,syrup,LIQUID-CHROMATOGRAPHY,FOOD,SUGARS,HPLC,mortality,APIS-MELLIFERA},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {49},
  pages        = {11865--11870},
  title        = {Hydroxymethylfurfural: a possible emergent cause of honey bee mortality?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jf403280n},
  volume       = {61},
  year         = {2013},
}

Chicago
Zirbes, Lara, Bach Kim Nguyen, Dirk de Graaf, Bruno De Meulenaer, Wim Reybroeck, Eric Haubruge, and Claude Saegerman. 2013. “Hydroxymethylfurfural: a Possible Emergent Cause of Honey Bee Mortality?” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 61 (49): 11865–11870.
APA
Zirbes, L., Nguyen, B. K., de Graaf, D., De Meulenaer, B., Reybroeck, W., Haubruge, E., & Saegerman, C. (2013). Hydroxymethylfurfural: a possible emergent cause of honey bee mortality? JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY, 61(49), 11865–11870.
Vancouver
1.
Zirbes L, Nguyen BK, de Graaf D, De Meulenaer B, Reybroeck W, Haubruge E, et al. Hydroxymethylfurfural: a possible emergent cause of honey bee mortality? JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY. 2013;61(49):11865–70.
MLA
Zirbes, Lara, Bach Kim Nguyen, Dirk de Graaf, et al. “Hydroxymethylfurfural: a Possible Emergent Cause of Honey Bee Mortality?” JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY 61.49 (2013): 11865–11870. Print.