Leptospermum Plant Breeding Program for Development of High Grade Manuka Honey


This project will target selected species and hybrids within Leptospermum that will provide desired attributes for enhancing the production of Manuka honey in Australia to supply the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, neutraceutical and medicinal industries.


New and Emerging Plant Industries

Research Organisation

ManukaLife Pty Ltd

Objective Summary

To develop new, unique, high value highproducing MGO Leptospermum hybrids for the establishment of crops for largescale production of medical grade honey and oil in regional areas of Australia. It will enhance the Australian honey and ornamental plant industries capacity to better exploit the genetic diversity in the Australian flora and will position Australian industry and researchers as leaders in the international arena for developing elite plants for high value honey production.

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Project Start Date

Friday, March 31, 2017

Project Completion Date

Monday, March 30, 2020

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

An environmentally sustainable Australia

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

NEPI-Incubate new and emerging plant industries, support breakthrough projects