Tagged: honey

Plants use advertising-like strategies to attract bees with colour and scent - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 17, 2018

Aphrodite Kantsa, University of the Aegean and Adrian Dyer, RMIT University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Watching plants and pollinators such as bees can teach us a lot about how complex networks work in nature. There are thousands of species of bees around the world, and they … Read More

There are horses for courses, but snails for faces? - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Mar 21, 2018

I first wrote about the snail facial back in 2015, in response to an article in the Herald on Sunday on that very topic. Today, the fact that there’s a story on the very same subject on the Stuff webpage suggests that there is always an appetite for woo (although when I read the story just now, I was … Read More

Science or snake oil: is manuka honey really a ‘superfood’ for treating colds, allergies and infections? - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 15, 2017

By Nural Cokcetin, University of Technology Sydney and Shona Blair Manuka honey is often touted as a “superfood” that treats many ailments, including allergies, colds and flus, gingivitis, sore throats, staph infections, and numerous types of wounds. Manuka can apparently also boost energy, “detox” your system, lower cholesterol, stave off diabetes, improve sleep, increase skin … Read More

The Manuka honey fight is one we have to have - Guest Work

Guest Author May 30, 2017

By William van Caenegem, Professor of Law, Bond University The current row about the certification of Manuka honey, and whether it is a distinctly New Zealand product, is just the latest dispute involving Geographical Indications (GIs). These are markers that products have special qualities due to their origins in a specific region, like Champagne. There is … Read More

Ten years after the crisis, what is happening to the world’s bees? - Guest Work

Guest Author May 08, 2017

By Simon Klein, Université de Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier and Andrew Barron, Macquarie University Ten years ago, beekeepers in the United States raised the alarm that thousands of their hives were mysteriously empty of bees. What followed was global concern over a new phenomenon: Colony Collapse Disorder. Since then we have realised that it was … Read More

Manuka honey may help prevent life-threatening urinary infections - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 28, 2016

By Simon Hendel, The Conversation. Manuka honey could prevent serious urinary tract infections caused by catheters – tubes used to drain patients’ bladders, new laboratory research has found.  The research showed honey from New Zealand’s manuka plant slows the speed of bacterial growth and formation of biofilms, which are thin layers that build up on surfaces and harbour infection. Read More

Manuka honey makes bacteria less resistant to antibiotics - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 08, 2016

Rowena Jenkins, Cardiff Metropolitan University Manuka honey has been a firm favourite on health food shop shelves for several years now, but has long been used as a natural remedy by the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand. The dark, sticky nectar is known as the “healing honey” for a reason: it has antiviral and antibacterial properties … Read More

Give bees a chance: the ancient art of beekeeping could save our honey (and us too) - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 11, 2016

Marianne Peso There’s no denying it: we’re in a long-term relationship … with bees. Recent evidence published in the journal Nature shows that humans have been depending on honey bees for about 9,000 years. Researchers conducted chemical analyses of over 6,000 fragments of pottery revealing the presence of beeswax in pots in Neolithic Europe, the Near East, and … Read More

Honey’s anti-bacterial properties found? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jul 14, 2010

New research suggests that (some of) the secrets to honey’s anti-bacterial properties may have been revealed. A Dutch team of microbiologists propose that the anti-bacterial properties of the honey they tested come down to four chemicals and one general property: [caption id="attachment_3001" align="alignright" width="350" caption="Honey comb; near the top-right bees can be seen entering … Read More