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Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society

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NEGRI, Giuseppina; MARCUCCI, Cristina; SALATINO, Antonio  and  SALATINO, Maria Luiza F.. Comb and propolis waxes from Brazil (states of São Paulo and Paraná). J. Braz. Chem. Soc. [online]. 2000, vol.11, n.5, pp. 453-457. ISSN 1678-4790.

Samples of propolis and comb waxes of Apis mellifera were analyzed. Monoesters predominated, followed by hydrocarbons. The constituents were identified by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. Wide variations in the patterns of hydrocarbons, acids and alcohols of the esters were found. Hydrocarbon chains cover the range C23 - C35, C27 and C31 alkanes predominating. The main carboxylic acid was C16:0, followed by C18:0 and C18:1. The alcohols were predominantly saturated n-homologues, ranging from C24 to C32, C30 being the most abundant, followed by C24. No differences were found to allow a distinction, suggesting a common origin for both wax sources.

Keywords : propolis wax; beeswax; Apis mellifera.

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