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: 16 Feb 2011
Author(s): Black, John
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Honey has been used as a therapeutic agent since ancient times. It is particularly useful for treating open infections with relatively poor blood supply, including skin wounds on the extremities of the body and stomach ulcers caused by the helicobacter organism. Honey is known to have antimicrobial activity against bacteria and fungi resistant to many antibiotics and can control bacteria living in biofilms, which have proven difficult to control by conventional means. But honey samples vary widely in their antimicrobial activity.
This RIRDC report summarises the possibility of using near infrared spectroscopy (NIR) for rapidly measuring the antimicrobial activity of honey. The report is targeted at the marketers of honey and potentially to laboratories that could provide an analytical service for measuring the antimicrobial activity of honey.