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Leaves of trees for the healing of nations

Leaves of trees for the healing of nations

New Zealand has 425,000 km of rivers and streams and 3,820 lakes, more than half of them are degraded, according to the recent report “Our Fresh Water 2017” by the New Zealand Ministry for Environment. Degradation in water quality is mainly due to high inputs of “the big three”: nutrients (mainly nitrogen and phosphorous), sediments […]

Posted on July 28, 2017

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Manuka Honey Grading Standards

Manuka Honey Grading Standards

The complexity of bee foraging behaviour and the wide range of potential nectar source plants near an apiary site, can make initial identification of a honey type challenging. For example, bees may forage from other plant species near an apiary site even when Manuka is the most abundant flowering plant at the site.

Posted on April 26, 2017

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Good seed choices are good financial choices

Good seed choices are good financial choices

In any wild population of Manuka plants, there is wide variability between phenotypes. Up to 90% of the plants may have less than desirable characteristics. The typical flowering timeframe will occur over a 6 week period. Some plants will produce a lot of flowers while others minimal. The flowers may produce varying amounts of nectar, […]

Posted on November 30, 2016

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How will the Manuka flower this summer?

How will the Manuka flower this summer?

New Zealand plant species are quite unpredictable in their flowering and seeding habits, from year to year. The causes of this are still relatively unknown. The term ‘masting’ has been discussed recently, mostly in relation to the flowering and seeding of New Zealand beech trees. Masting is the intermittent production of large flower or seed […]

Posted on October 31, 2016

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Keeping Manuka sweet

Keeping Manuka sweet

Manuka took centre stage at the National Maori Manuka Conference 2016 in Rotorua, an initiative of He kai kei aku ringa, where Maori iwi representatives, landowners and beekeepers came together to discuss ways to take a greater role in the burgeoning Manuka industry.

Posted on August 30, 2016

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The conversion of DHA to MG/NPA

The conversion of DHA to MG/NPA

Megan Grainger, PhD, Honey Team Leader and Technologist, Analytica Laboratories. Manuka honey, derived from the Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) tree, is unique due to its non-peroxide antibacterial activity. This arises from the presence of methylglyoxal (MG) in the honey. This activity can be expressed as Non-Peroxide Activity (NPA). A conversion equation based on published data (1) […]

Posted on July 1, 2016

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Profitable land use for marginal land

Profitable land use for marginal land

Manuka on target to be the most profitable land use option for marginal land Manuka production is a sound economic option for New Zealand farmers seeking better economic returns from marginal farmland. Marginal land tends to have a shallow layer of topsoil and therefore tends to grow poor grass species and not much grass at […]

Posted on February 25, 2016

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Correlation of DHA in nectar and MGO in honey

Correlation of DHA in nectar and MGO in honey

The significance of DHA, MGO, HMF and Leptosperin in Manuka Methylglyoxyl (MGO) is found predominantly in Manuka honey and is the main chemical responsible for the unique non-peroxide antibacterial activity of the honey.

Posted on September 29, 2015

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Preparation for a Manuka Plantation in 2016

Preparation for a Manuka Plantation in 2016

Demand for Manuka plants for Manuka plantations is increasing rapidly. Plant Selection Manuka plants produced in the nursery for Year 2015 deliveries have already sold out and orders have started coming in for Year 2016 plantings. It is advisable to prepare early for a new Manuka plantation, to ensure that you have the best chance […]

Posted on July 30, 2015

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Afforestation Grant Scheme

Afforestation Grant Scheme

The refreshed Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS) will be open for applications from 27 May and close 30 June 2015. Grants are for people or organisations wanting to plant new forests. The Government wants 15,000 hectares of new forest planted by 2020, to improve land-use productivity and regional economic development. The new forests will also give […]

Posted on May 29, 2015

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