Project snapshot: Increasing the value of Australian honey as a health food
Honey has a long history of use to treat digestive ailments and research suggests honey acts as a prebiotic food that favourably changes the balance...
Published: 9 Jun 2017
Author(s): McDonald, Peter, Clarke, Michael
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Royal jelly is collected from honey bee queen cells and used as a human nutrition supplement and ingredient in cosmetic preparations. To date Australian royal jelly production has been limited by the need for hand grafting larvae, manual extraction of royal jelly and the high cost of Australian labour.
New technology developed in China showed potential for reduction in the labour required to produce royal jelly. RIRDC supported a study to identify the size of the potential market for Australian-produced royal jelly and to what extent the economics of production change with new technology.