Particle Podcast Episode: Do Bees Bee-have? With Jessica Moran

PhD student Jessica Moran recently appeared on the Particle Podcast to chat about all things bee-related. “I’m a PhD candidate with the CRC for Honey Bee Products at the University of Western Australia within the Honeybee Health Research Group. Basically, that means I’m a massive bee-nerd, and I get to spend my days researching honeybees …

Indigenous knowledge meets beekeeping science in Western Australia’s Kimberley region

Indigenous knowledge meets beekeeping science in Western Australia’s Kimberley region It’s a dusty, hot day at Roebuck Plains station in Western Australia’s far north, but the cattle are not the only creatures at work on this country. As Yawuru woman Dianne Appleby looks across the pindan landscape at an ancient belt of melaleuca trees she …

Why Bees are Critical for Sustainable Development

Why Bees are Critical for Sustainable Development Reductions in global bee populations are threatening the pollination benefits to both the planet and people. Whilst the contribution of bee pollination in promoting sustainable development goals through food security and biodiversity is widely acknowledged, a range of other benefits provided by bees has yet to be fully …

Understanding the interconnectivities of the Honey Bee Industry

Understanding the inter-connectiveness of the honey bee industry If you thought beekeeping was simple, you’ll be thinking again after reading the latest paper from CRC for Honey Bee Products postgraduate student Vidushi Patel. Vidushi and her supervisors, with support from the Bee Industry Council of Western Australia have used a multi-tiered conceptual framework to understand …

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 …