Research paper: Satellite prediction of forest flowering phenology

CRC researchers Dan Dixon and Nik Callow have recently published a paper in Remote Sensing of Environment titled ‘Satellite prediction of forest flowering phenology’. Flowering events echo environmental conditions, making them an interesting phenomenon to monitor. However, current methods of detection and monitoring are expensive and limited. In this study, researchers trained a model to …

Spotlight on Research: Sylvester Obeng-Darko discusses DHA production in Leptospermum species

Sylvester Obeng-Darko, a PhD student with the CRC for Honey Bee Products, discusses his research on DHA production and Leptospermum nectar. Manuka honey’s reputation is based on the ingredient methylglyoxal (MGO). The precursor of MGO is dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which is found in the nectar of certain plants within the Leptospermum genus. When the honey bee …

The analysis of antimicrobial bioactive components of Australian Leptospermum honeys and nectars – Status report 2020

Following on from this original update, researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast have produced a full report. “The project quantifies the bioactive molecules, DHA, MGO and HMF in Leptospermum nectars and honeys by HPLC. It continues the mapping the geographical distribution of Australian Manuka honey production in Australia and analyses the species-specific nectar …

Spotlight on Research: Vidushi Patel discusses how environmental pressures impact beehive migration for the bee industry

Vidushi Patel, PhD candidate and researcher at the CRC for Honey Bee Products, discusses her research on the impacts of environmental pressures on commercial beekeepers’ hive migration patterns. To examine these complex interactions, Vidushi uses a spatial multi-agent modelling approach. She is keen to apply her existing knowledge to understand these interactions between natural and …

WA Bees for Future Food Security

NEW DATE: Friday, 5th March – 6pm (originally 12th February) The CRC is collaborating with Swan Valley and Eastern Regions Slow Food, the Noongar Land Enterprise Group, and BICWA to host an evening of celebration, honey tasting, and food. The event celebrates WA’s bee biodiversity and highly-valued honey varieties. It’s also a chance to reflect …