Faculty of Science

Cooperative Research Centre for Honey Bee Products

The Cooperative Research Centre for Honey Bee Products is working with a range of industry and community partners.

It aims to resolve current industry problems that limit the value and expansion of the Australian honey bee products industry.

UWA researchers who are contributing to the CRC are based in schools across the Faculty of Science and UWA.

The CRC for Honey Bee Products will be supporting a cohort of 16 PhD students across Australia.

A selection of current projects in the CRC for Honey Bee Products to be undertaken at UWA is listed here.

We welcome discussion on other research project ideas; please contact Dr Liz Barbour, CEO CRC for Honey Bee Products.

International students can use our online enquiry form, which helps us match your research interests with a potential supervisor.

Nectar production in Western Australian Leptospermum species
To help develop a Western Australian medicinal honey industry, this project will use ecophysiological methods to determine how environmental and plant-internal factors influence nectar volumes and nectar quality.
Discovering disease resistance proteins in honey bees: Tools for marker-driven breeding
This project will establish a targeted analysis assay of immune response proteins in honey bee, Apis mellifera, using targeted quantitative proteomics and mass spectrometry.
Honey bee disease diagnostics: Fast and reliable assays for beekeepers
Current diagnostics for honey bee disease are poor, unreliable and take a long time for disease confirmation. This project will propose to develop diagnostics for currently present pathogens as well as exotic pathogens in order to detect incursion.
Honey Bee Nutrition: Early detection of malnutrition and colony collapse
This project will use molecular techniques such as mass spectrometry to identify molecular profiles for early detection of honey bees with 'skinny bee' syndrome, helping the beekeeping industry.
Harnessing WA native Leptospermum for high value honey products
leptospermum
Leptospermum species native to Western Australia (WA) have been identified as potential sources of high DHA nectar, placing WA in a unique position for high value honey production. This project aims to determine the feasibility for genetic improvement of Leptospermum by studying its potential for flowering time compression and capacity for intra/inter-species gene flow to form the basis of future breeding programs.
What’s all the buzz? Managing competing interests in developing Western Australia’s beekeeping industry
honey bee
The project will assess desirable interventions and strategies to promote balance in our natural environment towards securing a sustainable future for native bushland, wildlife, farming communities, and promotes a commercial beekeeping industry that generates high-value 'clean and green' bee products.