Sunday, July 25, 2010

Idrocarburi nel miele della Basilicata

SPME-GC-MS analysis of volatile organic compounds in honey from Basilicata. Evidence for the presence of pollutants from anthropogenic activities

Giovanni Bentivenga 1 , Maurizio D'Auria 2*, Pietro Fedeli 2 , Giacomo Mauriello 2 & Rocco Racioppi 2

1 ITIS 'Einstein', Via P. Lacava, 85012 Corleto Perticara, Potenza, Italy
2 Dipartimento di Chimica, Università della Basilicata, Via N. Sauro 85, 85100 Potenza, Italy
Correspondence to *Fax: +39 0971 202223;
e-mail: dauria@unibas.it


Summary






Solid-phase microextraction gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis of nineteen samples of honey from Basilicata (southern Italy) showed the presence of some flavour components never described before in honey. Furthermore, some phenyl-substituted hydrocarbons were detected. These compounds may be derived from the wastewater treatment plant in the area. Furthermore, in honey collected near an oil extraction plant, hydrocarbons were found; these may be derived from such plants present in the area.

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