Rapid method for measuring the antimicrobial activity of honey


The antimicrobial activity of honey varies widely depending on floral source. The current assay for determining antimicrobial activity is difficult, expensive, time consuming and, unless all conditions are carefully standardised, has limited repeatability. Near infrared spectrometry (NIR) provides a potentially rapid, repeatable and relatively cheap method for determining the medicinal value of honey. The project is to determine whether a rapid, accurate and relatively cheap assay can be developed for measuring the antimicrobial activity of honey using NIR technology.


Honey Bee

Research Organisation

John L Black Consulting

Objective Summary

To investigate whether near infrared technology can be used to measure rapidly the antimicrobial activity of any sample of honey. If the technology can measure the antimicrobial activity with sufficient accuracy, ensure that at least one laboratory in Australia has the capability of providing a commercial assay to the honey industry at a price substantially below that of the current phenolcomparison assay.

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Project Start Date

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Project Completion Date

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Safeguarding Australia

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

HBE-Improve understanding of pollination strategies that impact crop yields and improve hive health


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Rapid Method for Measuring the Antimicrobial Activity of Honey