, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 301-304

On the calculation of sugar concentration in flower nectar

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There are several sources of potential error in calculating the concentration or energy value of floral nectar. Errors resulting from confusing data become substantial with increasing concentration. The different methods of expressing sugar concentration are here clarified, and the correct methods of converting from one to the other are provided. Refractometers in use in field studies usually read on a weight per total weight basis; this is recommended as the mode of statement. The perils of oversimplifying conversions from this mode, as is often done, are pointed out.