Certification Composition Chemistry
West Australian monofloral honeys are considered to be among the best in the world and are in high demand by discerning honey consumers internationally. They are highly sought after for their therapeutic benefits, being potentially anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants and are prebiotic - or good for gut health.
ChemCentre in partnership with the Bee Industry Council of WA (BICWA) is undertaking a $4.4 million research program that is focused on the development of commercial West Australian mono-floral honeys – Jarrah, Marri, Yate and Powderbark.
Through its research ChemCentre has identified that Jarrah and Marri monofloral honeys, unique to WA, have high levels of antimicrobial activity based on analytical reports received. Floral differentiated honeys like these are attracting high value market sales -10 times the value per kilogram of bulk blended product- and up to 20 times the blended value as a final bottled product in the therapeutic end use market.
ChemCentre is developing certification processes to ensure the integrity, traceability and quality of WA’s monofloral honeys from hive to market, and in so doing, is helping to drive market expansion with exports into the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.
The program funded by industry, the State Government, through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the Federal Government, through the CRC for Honey Bee Products (CRC HBP) is ensuring a sustainable honey industry by optimising honey value through certified processes and product that meets the international customer needs. The CRC HBP is based in Western Australia and has 26 projects scheduled for delivery over five years, which will focus on national honey industry outcomes.
For more information contact Project Lead, Kenneth Dods firstname.lastname@example.org
View Research Posters presented at 2017 Honey Industry Research Workshop.
Food resource differences on the body composition of emerging bees
Honey from space detection of red gum flowering events from satellites
Remote sensing and satellite research
Palynology of Jarrah and Marri
Potential use of an odour profile for the WA honey industry
Quantification of single copy nuclear region for the identification of pollen in honey
Rapid diagnostic methodology raman and ftir for honey identification
Sampling program for Jarrah, Marri, Yate and Powderbark honey from WA
Using compositional chemistry to establish honey attributes and build an industry standard
Read past articles
• WA Honey Industry Research Update and Engagement Dinner (26 April 2018)
• WA honey keeps getting sweeter (26 June 2017)