Our feature article this week dives into some very recent research results. Keen readers of our little newsletter will be aware that we have been collecting honey from a broad cross-section of stingless beekeepers.
This honey has been sent to laboratories for analysis of composition and properties. Here we present the results and are ex-cited to announce that we have pushed hard and filled many gaps in our knowledge. We now have information on honeys of different bee species, including Tetragonula hockingsi and Austroplebeia australis. We also look at honey collected over a wide geographic range and using different methods. The ANBA has contributed financially by paying for the tests (not cheap). The stingless bee-keepers must also be thanked for their contributions. Special thanks to Dean Haley for driving this work and pushing hard at each step to get it done. Now jump into the world of honey testing, food chemistry, the benefi-cial bugs of this living food, and the way forward towards a native honey standard.
Below: Dean (left) thanking Cristiano for a gift of Brazilian stingless bee honey.