Alan HarmanAustralian researchers are testing 80 varieties of bush and trees around Australia that assist bees in making honey with medicinal properties similar to the lucrative Manuka product in New Zealand. Initial results from a five-year research project due to run through 2019 have found some types of Australian honey that can compete with New Zealands Manuka honey when it comes to fighting bacteria. The researchers predict their results will result in a premium price for Australian Leptospermum honey for Australian beekeepers, as has been the case in New Zealand.

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