Leptospermum Plant Breeding Program for Development of High Grade Manuka Honey

ManukaLife Pty Ltd

  • Project code: PRJ-010702

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Friday, March 31, 2017

  • Project completion date: Monday, March 30, 2020

  • National Priority: NEPI-Incubate new and emerging plant industries, support breakthrough projects


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 high-producing MGO Leptospermum hybrids for the establishment of crops for large-scale 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.