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Value-adding to Honey
Summary The project will use national expertise and available financial and physical resources to develop a small number of welldefined outputs (assays, datasets and associated intellectual property) to progress the accreditation and adoption of suitable Australian honeys for use as low glycaemic index sweeteners and prebiotic foods, and to support their continued development for use as antimicrobial and antifungal therapeutic agents. The project specifically aims to achieve the optimal cost:benefit ratio by targeting those functional attributes that are well defined, relatively simple to identify and have a clear pathway to accreditation by regulatory bodies.

In focussing on achieving these goals, investigations of some lessmature research directions (eg, antioxidant properties of honeys) and some nonessential characterisations (eg, alkaloid content) have not been included in the program of work. Stocks of honey procured and characterised for this project are expected to be of sufficient quantity to be used in such investigations, in the event that they can be separately or subsequently supported.

The outcomes of this project will be increased industry profitability, enhanced industry profile and social prominence (through contribution to improved community health) and increased revenue for future R&D activities (through exploitation of project IP).
Program Honey Bee
Research organisation Pestat Pty Ltd
Objective summary To assist the Australian honey industry maximise its return on investment by sale of honeys on the basis of their highestvalue properties.
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Project completion date Saturday, August 31, 2013
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries
Rural priority Soil, water and managing natural resources
RIRDC goal HBE-Increase productivity and profitability of beekeepers
Principal researcher Joan Dawes
Research manager Dave Alden
Admin contact Sally Campbell