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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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Designing the ideal apiary site

Designing the ideal apiary site

As hive numbers climb to in excess of half a million nationally, it is becoming increasingly apparent that there is a need for good wintering/spring sites to successfully winter bees and provide sufficient forage for them to build up in the spring. The task of successful beekeeping is to build up hives in the spring […]

Posted on September 26, 2014

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Manuka & Kanuka: Identify these two species

Manuka & Kanuka: Identify these two species

Although Manuka (kahikatoa) and Kanuka have a superficial similarity and are collectively known as ‘tea trees’, they are genetically very distinct from each other. Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium), called ‘tea tree’ by Captain Cook, is a rather variable plant ranging from flat creeping forms and small shrubs to tall trees (up to 4m tall). Although variable, […]

Posted on July 30, 2014

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Trees for Bees all abuzz about bee health

Trees for Bees all abuzz about bee health

The future of the world’s food production is under threat and it’s all due to the disappearing honey bee, as across the world they succumb to pests and disease. The humble honey bee is hugely important to agriculture and farming. As pollinators, they play an essential role in fertilising plants so that they produce food. […]

Posted on June 30, 2014

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Manuka. A $1B industry by 2025

Manuka. A $1B industry by 2025

Manuka Forestry, for honey and oil production, has a bright future for New Zealand. At a recent forum in Masterton, Dr Peter Molan, the pioneer of Manuka honey research, gave an illuminating presentation on the medicinal power of Manuka honey through its unique property of Methyl Glyoxol (MGO), a long lasting anti bacterial enzyme, not […]

Posted on March 31, 2014

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