How you can be involved

We are looking for Leptospermum honey, plant and nectar samples from as many beekeeping areas as possible in Australia. We will continue our colleciton and survey until sometime in 2017 (the exact closing date will be announced closer to the time).

Providing honey samples for testing

If you have access to Leptospermum honeys, please get in touch with us. We’re asking for 200-500 g honey and some information about the collection location, as well as plant samples.

We will test the honey samples for their bioactivity (total and non-peroxide activity) and also do the chemical analysis to determine the levels of methylglyoxal (MGO), dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF). We will then email the results to the beekeeper providing the samples, with a full explanation.

While we do try to get the results back to you as soon as we can, please note that there may be a 6 – 8 week wait especially when we are performing the fieldwork.

Please use the sample information form below when sending your samples to us. Our mailing address and contact details can be found on the form.

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All results are confidential, but we provide any beekeeper supplying samples with a report on the results from their honeys.

For more information, please contact:

Dr Nural Cokcetin | Project Coordinator | Nural.Cokcetin@uts.edu.au

 

Fieldwork to identify Leptospermum species and collect nectar samples

We are also visiting beekeeping sites to aid in the identification of Leptospermum species, and to collect nectar samples from trees. The exact timing will depend on the weather and flowering of the Leptospermum species.

If you are interested in being involved in the fieldwork component of our project, please contact:

Simon Williams | PhD student | Simon.Williams@research.usc.edu.au

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