Thursday, September 17, 2015
Honey healing: medicinal honey potential has Australian researchers on the hunt for more liquid gold
ABC Rural, 9/16/2015
As spring kicks in, honey researchers are stepping up their efforts to study how native trees can increase the value of honey that has healing properties.
Manuka honey is known for its medicinal and healing qualities, with New Zealand product currently dominating the lucrative market.
The honey is produced with the pollen from Leptospermum tree species. New Zealand only has two of these species, but Australia has about 86.
Professor Liz Harry from the ithree institute, at the University of Technology Sydney, wants Australian beekeepers to send her samples of their honey.
It is part of a research project that aims to establish which Australian species of Leptospermum produce honey with high antibacterial qualities to rival new Zealand's Manuka product.
"On the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland, there is quite a lot of Leptospermum species, and it is very potent in killing bacteria and has similar chemical properties to the New Zealand Manuka honey," Ms Harry said...