Research paper: Sugar profiling of honeys for authentication and detection of adulterants using High-Performance Thin Layer Chromatography

Researchers Khairul Islam, Cornelia Locher, and Kate Hammer have published a paper in Molecules about a method for detecting sugar adulterants in honey. Abstract Honey adulteration, where a range of sugar syrups is used to increase bulk volume, is a common problem that has significant negative impacts on the honey industry, both economically and from a consumer …

Building the Australian Honey Assurance system

A message from Dr Liz Barbour, CEO CRC for Honey Bee Products Introduction The ‘Made in Australia’ logo is highly valued and internationally appreciated, as Australia is a country known for a high level of food-safety regulation. Placing a location and visualisation of exactly where that food was produced, as well as securing its passage …

Spotlight on Research: Shannon Holt on finding immune responsive proteins in the honey bee

Shannon Holt is a PhD candidate whose research focuses on evaluating immune responses in bees. “My project aims to develop an immune response assay, providing a method for immune competence evaluation. Once completed the molecular markers can be used to study immune response variations, potentially providing a platform for marker-directed breeding of more immune competent …

Australasian Honey Bee 2021 Research Conference

The Australasian Honey Bee Conference 2021 aims to be the largest gathering of honey research in Australasia. This event is hosted by the CRC for Honey Bee Products, the Bee Industry Council of Western Australia (BICWA), and the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC). The theme of the conference is ‘Adding value to the honey …

Another year, another wonderful Honey Bee Hackathon

On the 16th and 17th of October, an enthusiastic group of innovators gathered for the Honey Bee Hackathon 2020. The event gave them the opportunity to develop and share exciting business ideas with likeminded people in the industry. A special congratulations to the winner, Rhonda Flottmann. Opportunities like this are needed to spark new ideas …