Understanding Antioxidant Activity in Honey

The assessment of antioxidant activity of natural products is commonly used as a proxy analysis to imply potential anti-inflammatory effects. In a paper published this week in the Journal of Planar Chromatography a simple analytical technique is described, which offers a powerful tool to see what components in honey express antioxidant activity. It outlines a technique refined by …

CRC for Honey Bee Products PhD Researcher Jessica Moran inspect a bee hive. Photo Credit: Prem Bates

Bee Hive “Breathalyser” Sniffs out Deadly Disease

A new technology patented by researchers from The University of Western Australia sniffs out the devastating American foulbrood (AFB) disease, a honey bee disease that ravages hives across Australia. The researchers analysed over 100 compounds emitted by honey bee hives, and isolated those that are signature markers of AFB. These markers can then be loaded …

Bigger than wine, WA’s Agritourism future

Researchers at The University of Western Australia (UWA) have published an in-depth report on WA’s agritourism industry which includes a series of recommendations aimed at strengthening the sector post COVID-19. If enacted, the recommendations could provide a valuable boost for farmers, and raise the state’s profile as an agritourism destination. The report, published by the …

World Bee Day celebrated by Australian researchers

The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Honey Bee Products, which works to sustain and improve Australia’s honey bees, is celebrating World Bee Day (20th May). Since starting in late 2017, the CRC had attracted more than sixty researchers from a diverse range of scientific, arts and engineering fields to focus on the honey bee. This …

Learn about honey industry at hackathon

YANCHEP and Gingin residents keen to learn more about the potential of and challenges facing the honey industry can attend a honey hackathon later this month. The University of Western Australia is hosting the three-day event which will examine how to get international buyers to recognise the value of Western Australian honey and create opportunities …

Sweet as: The rise and rise of West Australian honey

WA honey is some of the healthiest in the world. Photo: Chem Centre Things are looking pretty sweet for WA’s honey industry. Premium varieties exclusive to our state like jarrah and marri are finally getting the international recognition they deserve, investment in infrastructure is increasing and interest in beekeeping is exploding. Farm gate prices are …

Jarrah and marri honey: A liquid goldrush of medical benefits

Western Australia is experiencing a new gold rush, but it has nothing to do with precious metals. It’s liquid gold — honey sourced from the state’s unique jarrah and other forests, rich in antimicrobial and other health giving properties. Farm gate prices have increased tenfold in the last decade and the strongest “medi-honeys” are now …

CRC for Honey Bee Products

The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Honey Bee Products will provide a much-needed boost to Australia’s valuable, but largely untapped, honey bee industry by bringing together industry and research expertise from across Australia. Established in 2017, the five-year CRC aims to resolve current industry problems that limit the value and expansion of the industry. At …