Research paper: Development and validation of a new microplate assay that utilises optical density to quantify the antibacterial activity of honeys including Jarrah, Marri and Manuka

CRC researchers Kate Hammer, Kathryn Green, and Kenneth Dods have published a paper in PLoS ONE about a new method for quantifying the antibacterial activity of honey. Their new microplate assay was created to address some of the shortcomings of the current industry-standard phenol equivalence assay. Through various tests, the researchers have deemed this new …

Boost for clever visionaries | The West Australian

The CRC for Honey Bee Products was recently featured in an article in The West Australian alongside other cooperative research centres. “WA’s co-operative research centres landed more corporate funding this year to advance innovative projects in the mining and agricultural sectors, but industry leaders say it was no easy feat in the year of COVID-19.” …

Hive of activity at Hackathon | UWA Institute of Agriculture December 2020 newsletter

An article about the CRC’s latest Hackathon was featured in UWA’s Institute of Agriculture newsletter. In the article, PhD candidate Kenneth Ho shares his experience of the exciting event. “I explored issues regarding the costs and conditions of acquiring some of the essential labels (such as country of origin, bioactivity ratings, Jarrah Association certification, Australian …

CRC researchers launch ‘Scientific Bee Services’ for the wider beekeeping community

CRC Honey Bee Health program researchers have launched new services aimed at providing science-backed solutions to the beekeeping community. These include beekeeping services, beekeeper training, community engagement, and products for purchase. For more information: Email: julia.grassl@uwa.edu.au Twitter: @HoneybeesHealth Website: www.honeybeehealthresearch.org Read the article. Watch Dr Julia Grassl discuss these services below. Photo: https://www.uwa.edu.au/news/article/2020/december/researchers-buzzing-over-new-business-to-improve-bee-health

Natural Resources for Beekeepers 2020-21 Questionnaire | HBPCRC | UWA

Valuing Western Australia’s natural resource for the honey bee industry The last time the south-west Western Australian forests and bushland to the honey bee industry were valued was in 1990-91. This was undertaken by the Depertment of Agriculture by Dr Rob Manning (Manning R. 1992.  Honey production, Economic value and geographical significance of apiary sites in …

UWA Science Masterclass: Authenticating honey from the apiary site to shelf (VIDEO)

Watch Dr Liz Barbour and Dr Bryan Boruff from The University of Western Australia explain the science behind honey authentication as a part of the 2020 UWA Science Masterclass series. ‘Paddock to plate’ is the mantra for tracing the authenticity of agriculture produce. For honey, the paddock is difficult to define. Honey bees cannot be …

Research paper: Sugar profiling of honeys for authentication and detection of adulterants using High-Performance Thin Layer Chromatography

CRC 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 …