On behalf of the Board, Participants and Researchers, it is a pleasure to present the legacy site for the CRC for Honey Bee Products. With the support of the Cooperative Research Centre Program, managed by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, this CRC addressed the challenge of adding value to our honey bee products.
The low pricing of most honey bee products originating from Australia does not reflect their true value as unique and pure. Endemic flora and biosecurity isolation have created the opportunity to produce unique products and this needs to be taken advantage of. This CRC will resolve industry problems that are limiting both the value and expansion of the Australian honey bee products industry by addressing flora resources, bee health, honey characterisation and their traceability from hive to shelf to open marketing opportunities. In doing this training will be encouraged for industry growth both for developing beekeeper skills and needed innovation.
The success of this CRC will, in the fullness of time, be judged by the honey bee product producers of Australia.
This program mapped the melliferous flora across Australia and assessed impacts on this resource.
This program investigated new melliferous flora to create high-value honey bee products and healthy bees.
This program investigated the chemistry and bioactivity of honey bee products for traceability, quality and health benefits.
This program developed a traceability system linked to honey assurance with a focus on the export market.