The quest to find more liq­uid gold

Australian Health Today - - Aht Feature -

We al­ready know that a hand­ful of Aus­tralian Lep­tosper­mum hon­eys have sim­i­lar lev­els of an­timi­cro­bial (that is, germ-killing ) ac­tiv­ity to NZ manuka, but many of the other 80 plus Aus­tralian va­ri­eties have not been tested. So our re­search team

is run­ning a na­tion­wide study look­ing for more sources of this honey, some­times re­ferred to as “jelly

bush” or “Aus­tralian manuka”. We want to iden­tify which trees make the most ther­a­peu­ti­cally ac­tive honey and where they are lo­cated in Aus­tralia, as well as find more sources of this honey and un­der­stand more about its

medic­i­nal prop­er­ties.

We are ask­ing bee­keep­ers with ac­cess to Lep­tosper­mum hon­eys from any­where in the coun­try to pro­vide sam­ples to in­clude in our

re­search project.

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