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Madsci

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  1. Completely agree Dennis, my point was more the way the document was written implying the Australian honey was the worst tasting when it would be more correct to say it simply has a different taste than what the world considers Manuka and especially more so the honey not derived from Leptospermum scoparium
  2. I agree it's well written and I like the comparison between Pohutakawa and Rata. However, I do agree with a degree of bias which is to be expected. The comment on colour and crystal formation is interesting considering NZ manuka honey is often creamed giving a lighter colour and to reduce crystallization compared to Australian honey which is not creamed so is darker and does crystallize. Though there are possible differences in colour between the Leptospermum species in oz. The comments on taste are biased considering I've heard that some Australia Leptospermum honey is sometimes considered tasting better than NZ, though this could simply be a case of red vs white wine, ie taste is dependent on the consumer. The comments on pollen nutritional values are not great considering that I'm sure the pollen content would be the difference between the north and south of New Zealand so isn't really a good argument. Also, the comment Australian Leptospermum honey was not seen as a desirable honey type is odd considering to my understanding the same was thought of manuka honey in New Zealand before the identification of its antimicrobial activity.
  3. I think your misreading that @john berry they're species that look similar to Leptospermum in general. Australia as the home of the Myrtaceae family that Leptospermum belongs to has a lot of species that look very similar to Leptospermum making identification difficult in some areas.
  4. Alot more of the species have now been researched now as well, Aussie has a lot of potential but does lack reliable rainfall.
  5. I've been lurking a while but thought I would reply to this. Only have sticky out hair when I'm not in the field, curly hair and bees are not a good combination
  6. The research was funded through industry/university partnership no government money directly involved in that work. In Australia, there is a small pool of research money from a honey levy that the government matches which isn't that much I think about $1million all up last year that is spread across bee health, beekeeper training, pollination etc. Though Jacob is right there are a lot of factors involved in Forecasting MGO from DHA the (DHA x 0.16 + [Current MGO]) = [Predicted MGO] does work pretty well at least enough to inform beekeepers whether its worth to sell their honey or sit on it for 12 months. Dr Megan Grainger at the University of Waikato did a whole bunch of work on it if you want to look up her papers.
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