Palynology

What are some practical applications of palynology?
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  1. Palynology, or the study of various microscopic organic structures like spores and pollen, can help us understand all kinds of things about the world around us. For example, fossilized pollen specimens found in the remains of ancient human civilizations can tell us about the dietary habits of past cultures.

    The study of pollen as presented within honey is called melissopalynology. This science can be crucial to anyone who produces and sells honey. Many plants produce pollen and nectar that contain toxins that, if turned into honey, could poison you. Palynologists can look at honey and help determine which plant produced the pollen and nectar that went into it, making sure to keep any poisonous honey from reaching your grocery store.

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