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 …

Celebrating our students

With the end of the year fast approaching, now is an excellent time to congratulate the students who’ve accomplished so much despite the obstacles. Congratulations to Peylin Ng for completing her Masters in Professional Engineering. With the CRC’s help, she recently submitted her thesis titled ‘Automated Pollen Detection System in Honey’. We also congratulate Sandria …

Research paper: Development and validation of a new microplate assay that utilises optical density to quantify the antibacterial activity of honeys including Jarrah, Marri and Manuka

CRC researchers Kate Hammer, Kathryn Green, and Kenneth Dods have published a paper in PLoS ONE about a new method for quantifying the antibacterial activity of honey. Their new microplate assay was created to address some of the shortcomings of the current industry-standard phenol equivalence assay. Through various tests, the researchers have deemed this new …

Boost for clever visionaries | The West Australian

The CRC for Honey Bee Products was recently featured in an article in The West Australian alongside other cooperative research centres. “WA’s co-operative research centres landed more corporate funding this year to advance innovative projects in the mining and agricultural sectors, but industry leaders say it was no easy feat in the year of COVID-19.” …

Hive of activity at Hackathon | UWA Institute of Agriculture December 2020 newsletter

An article about the CRC’s latest Hackathon was featured in UWA’s Institute of Agriculture newsletter. In the article, PhD candidate Kenneth Ho shares his experience of the exciting event. “I explored issues regarding the costs and conditions of acquiring some of the essential labels (such as country of origin, bioactivity ratings, Jarrah Association certification, Australian …

CRC researchers launch ‘Scientific Bee Services’ for the wider beekeeping community

CRC Honey Bee Health program researchers have launched new services aimed at providing science-backed solutions to the beekeeping community. These include beekeeping services, beekeeper training, community engagement, and products for purchase. For more information: Email: julia.grassl@uwa.edu.au Twitter: @HoneybeesHealth Website: www.honeybeehealthresearch.org Read the article. Watch Dr Julia Grassl discuss these services below. Photo: https://www.uwa.edu.au/news/article/2020/december/researchers-buzzing-over-new-business-to-improve-bee-health