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. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is the precursor of methylglyoxal (MGO). MGO is the compound that contributes to the antibacterial properties of Manuka honey. Sylvester’s work involves examining the presence of DHA in various species of Leptospermum. …

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

Friday, 12th Feb – 6pm 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 on the crucial role of …