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Rapid method for measuring the antimicrobial activity of honey
Summary The antimicrobial activity of honey varies widely depending on floral source. The current assay for determining antimicrobial activity is difficult, expensive, time consuming and, unless all conditions are carefully standardised, has limited repeatability. Near infrared spectrometry (NIR) provides a potentially rapid, repeatable and relatively cheap method for determining the medicinal value of honey. The project is to determine whether a rapid, accurate and relatively cheap assay can be developed for measuring the antimicrobial activity of honey using NIR technology.
Program Honey Bee
Research organisation John L Black Consulting
Objective summary To investigate whether near infrared technology can be used to measure rapidly the antimicrobial activity of any sample of honey. If the technology can measure the antimicrobial activity with sufficient accuracy, ensure that at least one laboratory in Australia has the capability of providing a commercial assay to the honey industry at a price substantially below that of the current phenolcomparison assay.
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Thursday, June 18, 2009
Project completion date Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority Safeguarding Australia
Rural priority Adoption of R&D
RIRDC goal HBE-Understand the role of pollination in delivering more productive systems
Principal researcher John Black
Research manager Dave Alden
Admin contact John Black