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ANNELIESE AUSTIN

Anneliese is a researcher and PhD candidate from Southern Cross University.

She also works as a gender specialist with Bees for Sustainable Livelihoods.

 

Anneliese is working with beekeepers in PNG and Fiji to develop gender-inclusive approaches to support women in achieving their beekeeping goals.

 

She is supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

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ASHLEY ZAMEK

Ashley is a Research and Development Manager at Hort Innovation.

She is responsible for the portfolios of Pollination, Postharvest and Integrated Pest and Disease Management.

Her research involves investigating the current barriers to sufficient pollination and developing best practice resources.

 

These resources aim to optimise the efficiency of the commercial hives and pollination.
 

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BRYAN BORUFF

Bryan is an environmental geographer and Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia.

He has expertise in the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) technologies to environment management issues.

Bryan’s collaborations have also expanded to examine human-environment interactions.

 

This includes research into further developing Western Australia’s agritourism.
 

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CHERYL DAY

Cheryl Day is a Research Assistant in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Western Australia, School of Agriculture and Environment.

Her background is in biological and economic production systems.

Cheryl’s research includes investigating Western Australia’s migratory commercial beekeepers.

 

She has collated the results of the first comprehensive questionnaire of WA beekeepers since 1989.
 

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CHRISTOPHER WELLINGTON

Chris is an Ecologist that has worked as an Environmental Professional for 15 years.

Currently, Chris is undertaking a PhD through UTAS (with CRCHBP funding support).

His research focuses on the heritability of traits affecting productivity in Tasmanian  Leptospermums and the isolation of genotypes with high DHA.

 

He also examines the potential for commercial use.
 

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CLARA ELISA CASTANOS

Clara Elisa is undertaking a PhD within the Honey Bee Health Research Group of the CRC for Honey Bee Products.

Her research involves using biochemical techniques to study honey bee nutrition.

 

She also looks at ways to improve beekeeping management strategies in Western Australia.

 

Her work provides an insight into managing malnutrition in honey bees.
 

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COOPER SCHOUTEN

Cooper is the Project Manager for the Bees for Sustainable Livelihoods Research Group at Southern Cross University.

He has extensive beekeeping research, capacity building, training and extension experience.

 

He is also an enthusiastic beekeeper with experience in organic commercial operations.

 

His research sheds light on the threats and barriers to the Australian beekeeping system.

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DANIEL DIXON

Dan is pursuing a PhD at the University of Western Australia.

He is interested in using remote sensing and geospatial tools to ask questions about environmental health and food security.

 

His focus is on measuring the abundance and intensity of large-scale flowering events.

 

Using satellite imagery, Dan wants to understand how flowering changes over time.

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DANIELA SCACCABAROZZI

Daniela is a research advisor at ChemCentre and sessional academic at Curtin University.

She has also been working as a consultant in the fields of pollination biology, honey and pollen traceability, biodiversity and agro-ecological models.

 

Her research includes examining methods for sampling flowers from trees.

 

She’s also investigated factors influencing bee venom composition.

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DENI TALESKI

Deni works at the Analytical Services Branch of the National Measurement Institute (NMI).

The NMI is pursuing a number of projects surrounding honey authenticity and adulteration to support the development of Australian honey.

Deni’s research includes using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to analyse honeys.

 

This work contributes to the construction of a national database.
 

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ELIZABETH FROST

Elizabeth is the Technical Specialist for Bees with the Department of Primary Industries in New South Wales.

She also co-manages Plan Bee, Australia’s National Honey Bee Genetic Improvement Program, with USYD, BBWA, UNE and AgriFutures.

 

Elizabeth has examined the fertility traits of honey bees.

 

Her research also provides recommendations on candidate traits for selection. 

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FRANCISCO ENCINAS-VISO

Francisco is a research scientist at the Centre of Australian National Biodiversity Research (CSIRO).

He specialises in pollination biology, plant conservation ecology and evolutionary biology. 

His research focuses on the application of genomic tools for pollination research, biosecurity and biodiversity monitoring.

 

This includes using DNA metabarcoding of pollen foraged by honey bees to monitor biodiversity.
 

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FRASER RUSSELL

Fraser is the lead investigator within a Cooperative Research Centres “Honey, Health and Product” node at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

The purpose is to discover anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activity of bioactive constituents of Australian honeys.

His research includes comparing antioxidant kinetics of honeys.

 

This enables the identification of which honeys are most efficacious.
 

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IVAN LAWAG

Ivan is pursuing a PhD in Pharmacy at UWA.

His research background includes analysing the antidiabetic and antioxidant activity of plants found in the Philippines.

 

Ivan’s current research involves testing antioxidant activity and determining the compounds present in honeys and bee pollens.

 

This includes proposing a modified assay to determine antioxidant activity in honey.

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JESSICA BIKAUN

Jessica is undertaking a PhD with the CRC for Honey Bee Products.

She is passionate about honey bees, biosecurity and conservation biology.

Her research focuses on American foulbrood (AFB), the costliest honey bee disease in Australia.

 

The goal is to create a portable, electronic “beehive breathalyser” device to non-invasively diagnose AFB in a hive.
 

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JOANNE PICKNOLL

Joanne is completing a PhD with the CRC for Honey Bee Products.

Her background is in environmental science and she has a strong interest in sustainability.

Her current research focuses on apiculture operations, floral resource losses and management techniques.

 

It includes a new approach for designing sites for apiculture based on a honey production model.
 

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JODY GERDTS

Jody is the founder and managing director of Bee Scientifics.

Bee Scientifics is an Australian company focused on honey bee breeding, education and nutrition.

Jody has conducted research on strategies for managing Varroa mites in the United States.

 

She aims to present how these lessons can be applied to the Australian honey bee industry.

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JOHN ROBERTS

John leads the honeybee pathology research at CSIRO.

His research interests are the use of genomic tools to improve our understanding and management of honey bee health and biosecurity. 

His goal is to facilitate productive beekeeping and secure pollination services.

 

His work also includes examining the potential genetic and environmental factors involved in chalkbrood disease.
 

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KATE DELAPORTE

Kate is the Curator of the Waite Arboretum and Waite Conservation Reserve.

She is also a Senior Lecturer in Horticulture at the University of Adelaide.

 

Kate has interests in the development of Australian plants for horticulture and development of propagation methods.

 

This includes research into establishing large-scale plantations in South Australia.

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KATHARINA SCHMIDT

Katharina is a PhD student at the University of Tasmania.

She aims to identify the unique properties and compounds specific to leatherwood honey and develop a ‘fingerprint’ and authentication test.

Her research includes examining the antioxidant activity of leatherwood honey.

 

These antioxidant properties could contribute to an increase in its market value.
 

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KATHERINE HAMMER

Kate’s research focuses on the antimicrobial activity of natural and novel antimicrobial agents.

She is currently investigating the antibacterial activities of Australian honeys.

 

This includes examining a range of unique honeys produced from endemic Western Australian flowering plants.

 

Her specific interests are in accurately quantifying antibacterial activity and examining antimicrobial action and medicinal potential.

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KATHRYN GREEN

Kathryn completed a Master of Clinical Pathology at The University of Western Australia.

In 2017, she joined Dr Kate Hammer’s research group and began investigating the antibacterial activity of Western Australian honeys. 

 

This honey characteristic is frequently used to market honeys.

 

Kate’s research includes scrutinising current methods for measuring the antibacterial activity of honey.

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KATJA HOGENDOORN

Katja is a bee and crop pollination researcher at The University of Adelaide.

Her main interest is in the health of bees - honey bees and native bees. 

 

Her research focuses on creating and maintaining healthy environments for bees, both in the crop and in the surrounding landscape. 


This includes research into optimal hive design.

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KENNETH HO

Kenneth is a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia (Business School).

His research interests lie in consumer psychology and international marketing.

Kenneth’s current research project focuses on cross-cultural differences in consumers’ responses to honey product labels and the implication on purchase behaviors.

 

The findings have important implications for honey exporters and policymakers.

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KEVIN FOSTER

Kevin is a Pasture Agronomist and Physiologist whose research focuses on improving pasture species.

His research interests are in plant ecophysiology, stress physiology and legumes.

Kevin is also involved in the Bee Friendly Pastures project.

 

This project aims to assess annual and perennial pasture legumes for suitability to provide alternative forage resources for honey bees.
 

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LINDA WILSON

Linda is a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia.

She has a background in natural resource management and is passionate about resolving issues influencing beekeeper resource insecurity.

Her research aims to capture an exchange of viewpoints on the topic of beekeeper resource insecurity. 

 

This includes facilitating the co-production of knowledge between industry stakeholders.
 

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LIZ MILLA

Liz is a postdoctoral fellow leading the Environomics FSP Pollen DNA Metabarcoding project at CSIRO.

Her current research uses ecological and genomic tools to reveal interactions between plants and their insect pollinators.

This includes using DNA metabarcoding to identify pollen in honey.

 

This molecular profile can be employed as a quality assurance measure.
 

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LYNN MILNE

Lynne is a palynologist with expertise in fossil and modern pollen and spores. 

She is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University, a consultant to the mining, petroleum and honey industries and Australia’s only forensic palynologist.

Her research includes establishing marri and jarrah mono-floral pollen standards.

 

She has also investigated practices for yielding mono-floral honeys.
 

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MADLEN KRATZ

Madlen is the Honeybee Industry Development Officer at the Department of Primary Industries in New South Wales.

Her focus is on applied research to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the beekeeping industry.

 

This includes research into the pollination potential of avocado crop.

 

She has also researched honey bee nutrition and its management.

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MARGARET BYRNE

Margaret is recognised as a leading plant geneticist in Australia with over 290 publications.

She is heavily involved in biodiversity conservation and management through both science and policy.

 

Her research has focused on plant genetics to inform conservation strategies for rare and threatened species.

 

Margaret has also examined how Leptospermum is genetically classified.

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MD KHAIRUL ISLAM

Md Khairul is undertaking a PhD at the University of Western Australia in the field of medicinal chemistry.

His research focuses on the authentication and quality control of honey.

This includes using High-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) fingerprinting to identify honeys’ floral source.

 

He has also examined how different temperatures affect different honeys’ composition and bioactivity.
 

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MD LOKMAN HOSSAIN

Md Lokman is a PhD student in the School of Allied Health within the University of Western Australia.

He has a background in pharmaceutical development.

His project is focused on the design and assessment of honey-based topical formulations for wound healing.

 

This will provide the foundations for the future development of honey-based medicinal products.

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OMAR ANWAR

Omar Anwar is a PhD fellow at the University of Western Australia.

His interests are Machine Learning, Low Power Computing and Wireless Sensor Networks.

He is working on developing a smart system for remote beehive health monitoring (funded by the CRC for Honey Bee Products).

 

This research aims to improve the state-of-the-art hive monitoring systems.
 

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PETER BROOKS

Peter is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and Lead Scientist with the USC Honey Research Lab.

He specialises in analytical chemistry applied to bee products.

This includes analysing the active components of Australian Manuka honeys.

 

His research informs the “What, Where and When” for producing these honeys.

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SADIA CHOWDHURY

Sadia works within the Public and Environmental Health Organic Chemistry team at Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services.

She is undertaking a PhD on Australian food authentication at the University of Queensland.

 

Her research includes examining the official test for adulterated honey.

 

She has proposed an improved method to better suit Australian honey bee honey.

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SHANNON HOLT

Shannon is a PhD student researching bee immunity with the CRC for Honey Bee Products.

She also has a background in honey bee health and fertility.

Her current research involves investigating the immune responses of honey bees towards the common fungal pathogen Nosema apis.

 

This involves creating a highly detailed immune response profile.

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SOHEILA BEIRANVAND

Soheila is a PhD student in the University of the Sunshine Coast.

She was awarded a scholarship from the CRCHBP and also tuition-fee offset from the USC to complete doctoral studies.

Her research includes investigating polyphenols, which are known to contribute to the antioxidant activity of honey.

 

One study compares the antioxidant potentials of honeys.
 

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SYLVESTER OBENG-DARKO

Sylvester is a PhD student at the University of Western Australia. 

He has a background in biotechnology and molecular plant pathology and has conducted research into Leptospermum scoparium.

His current research is on dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and sugar production in floral nectar of Leptospermum spp.

This includes examining the accumulation dynamics of DHA in Leptospermum polygalifolium.
 

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TATE HANCOX

Tate is undertaking a PhD at the University of Adelaide.

His research focuses on understanding genetic diversity and propagation requirements of Leptospermum scoparium and L. continentale within South Australia.

 

He has examined propagation methods to support high value selections.

 

This includes examining the effects of genotype, auxin application rate and transplant survival on L. scoparium.

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TRONG TRAN

Trong is a lecturer in chemistry at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

His current research focuses on discovering compounds from plants and propolis with antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anticancer and wound healing activities.

 

This includes research into honey bee propolis.

 

Trong’s work suggests there is potential value to add value to the Australian beekeeping industry.

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VIDUSHI PATEL

Vidushi is pursuing doctoral research in the School of Agriculture and Environmental at the University of Western Australia.

Her research focuses on applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to study a range of human-environmental interactions.

It emphasises that beekeeping involves complex interconnections between human and environmental systems.

 

She examines these systems using a social-ecological system approach.
 

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YUQI YANG

Yuqi is a PhD candidate in the School of Design at the University of Western Australia.

She is aiming to explore comprehensive approaches toward green structure design.

 

Her research involves a design experiment – a honey bee botanic garden in Yanchep, Western Australia.

This includes using local native species to promote Australian honey bee products.