Composition and protein quality of honeybee-collected pollen of Eucalyptus marginata and Eucalyptus calophylla.


Bell RR, Thornber EJ, Seet JL, Groves MT, Ho NP, Bell DT.




J Nutr


The composition and protein quality of the two most important Western Australian export-quality pollens were investigated. Crude pollen protein content was 20.6% and 27.9% for Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) and Marri (Eucalyptus calophylla), respectively. Lysine was the limiting amino acid relative to the FAO protein scoring pattern (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), and the amino acid scores were 0.73 and 0.66 for Jarrah and Marri pollen, respectively. Apparent biological value (BV) was 61.7 for Jarrah pollen, 66.9 for Marri pollen and 71.4 for the casein controls. Adjusted protein efficiency ratio (PER) values were 2.5, 1.2 and 1.1 for casein and Jarrah and Marri pollens, respectively. Apparent net protein utilization (NPU) was significantly reduced for both pollens (32.8 for Jarrah and 39.5 for Marri) compared to casein (63.6). The low apparent NPU values result from the relatively low digestibility of pollens. Apparent digestibility was 52 and 59% for Jarrah and Marri pollen compared to 89% for casein. Although both Jarrah and Marri pollen are relatively high in protein and have favorable amino acid patterns, their relatively low digestibility will be a limiting factor in their usefulness as a food for humans and monogastric animals. The proximate analysis and mineral content of the pollens are also presented.