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: 1 May 2003
Author(s): Benecke, Frederick S
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The report, Commercial Beekeeping in Australia, represents a snapshot of beekeeping industry at the beginning of the third millennium. It describes the physical and cultural environment in which beekeeping is undertaken and describes production methods commonly employed by beekeepers.
This project was funded from industry revenue which is matched by funds provided by the Federal Government.
The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation recognises that beekeeping practices have developed in this country to meet its unique conditions of climate and of flora. Australian beekeepers have shown great ingenuity in devising methods of production and patterns of management that has led to a successful national beekeeping industry. RIRDC believes these achievements are worth recording, both as an historical document, but more importantly, as a reference for those contemplating a career in beekeeping and for students of Australian primary production.