Manuka Trials a Success in Tasmania | Media Release

TASMANIA, APRIL 10, 2021 – Manuka honey, produced from the nectar of the Tasmanian native Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium), is being bred for high-quality medicinal honey. A collaboration between Douglas River Honey, the University of Tasmania and the CRC for Honey Bee Products has been exploring the genetic diversity across the state and capturing it in a …

Final Report Summary: Development of honey bee products from a biodiversity hotspot

AgriFutures Australia has published a research report summary on a project which quantified the antibacterial activity of WA honeys. This research was supported by the Bee Industry Council of Western Australia (BICWA) and the CRC for Honey Bee Products, and the report was produced by CRC research Dr Kate Hammer. Summary This project quantified the …

Celebrating incredible bee biodiversity | Farm Weekly

Farm Weekly picked up our recent ‘WA bees for Future Food Security‘ event. The event, which was held on Friday the 5th of March, was accompanied by delicious foods and the celebration of WA’s bees. ‘CRC HBP chief executive officer Liz Barbour said it was fitting for Slow Food to celebrate local produce with beekeepers …

Survey shows bee industry being stung | Farm Weekly

A new article in Farm Weekly discusses the need for WA beekeepers to participate in the CRC’s questionnaire. “Concerns of commercial beekeepers have led the Co-operative Research Centre for Honey Bee Products (CRCHBP) to conduct a research project to understand the state of the industry use of available natural resources. Led by professor [Ben] White …

CRCHBP to co-host ‘WA bees for Future Food Security’ dinner

When the sun sets and the bees go to sleep, out come beekeepers and their friends for food and fun! Slow Food is breaking away from the hills and coming to the heart of honey bee research at the University of Western Australia to show-off a different side of honey. Offering a mouth-watering menu using …

CRC researchers join the Australasian Honey Bee 2021 Conference

The time is fast approaching for CRC for Honey Bee Products (CRCHBP) researchers to return to WA for the Australasian Honey Bee 2021 Conference (30th June and 1st July). Soheila Beiranvand, Katharina Schmidt, Chris Wellington and Tate Hancox are all presenting aspects of their PhD research at the conference. Coming from Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia, they …

Research Paper: Antioxidant HPTLC-DPPH Fingerprinting of Honeys and Tracking of Antioxidant Constituents Upon Thermal Exposure

Researchers Md Khairul Islam, Katherine Hammer, Cornelia Locher, Tomislav Sostaric and Lee Yong Lim have published a paper about a new method for analysing the antioxidant activity of honeys. Abstract The use of High-Performance Thin-Layer Chromatography (HPTLC) coupled with the use of DPPH* (2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl) as a derivatisation reagent is a novel approach to the analysis …

Valuing Western Australia’s natural resources for beekeepers

Associate Professor Ben White (benedict.white@uwa.edu.au) and Research Assistant Cheryl Day have created a new questionnaire that is open to all beekeepers in the south-west of Western Australia. Western Australia’s natural bushland and forests provide a unique opportunity to migratory beekeepers with year-round nectar and pollen supply for their European honey bees (Apis mellifera). Endemic vegetation …

Research paper: Satellite prediction of forest flowering phenology

CRC researchers Dan Dixon and Nik Callow have recently published a paper in Remote Sensing of Environment titled ‘Satellite prediction of forest flowering phenology’. Flowering events echo environmental conditions, making them an interesting phenomenon to monitor. However, current methods of detection and monitoring are expensive and limited. In this study, researchers trained a model to …

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. Manuka honey’s reputation is based on the ingredient methylglyoxal (MGO). The precursor of MGO is dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which is found in the nectar of certain plants within the Leptospermum genus. When the honey bee …