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 …

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

View the latest updates from this project led by Dr Peter Brooks from the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Project objective: Continue to build the database of the measurement of DHA in Leptospermum species nectar for selection of plants for developing breeding programs and establishing hive sites. Download Copy

Research paper: Use of kinetic data to model potential antioxidant activity: Radical Scavenging Capacity of Australian Eucalyptus Honeys

Our researchers, Soheila Beiranvand, Peter Brooks, and Fraser Russell, have recently published their paper in Food Chemistry. Read the ‘Use of kinetic data to model potential antioxidant activity: Radical Scavenging Capacity of Australian Eucalyptus Honeys’ to learn about the exciting potential of Australian honey. Abstract Antioxidant activity of honeys may be beneficial in wound healing processes by …

Research paper: A validated method for the quantitative determination of sugars in honey using high‑performance thin‑layer chromatography

Researchers from the CRC for Honey Bee Products have recently published a paper in the Journal of Planar Chromatography. The paper presents an innovative and simple way of quantifying common sugars in honey. Researchers Cornelia Locher, Kate Hammer, and Khairul Islam were involved in the development and validation of a new method for quantifying common …