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Aussie apiarists aim to cut into $1bn medical market

Australia’s beekeepers could create a $1 billion export industry if research confirms honey from native species of manuka (Leptospermum) trees can be used to treat wounds and skin infections.

The research is being led by the University of Technology, Sydney and is funded by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation honey bee pollination programme. The University of Sydney and the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland are also involved in the research project.

According to RIRDC, honey is increasingly being used in medical treatments due to its antibacterial properties, and is emerging an alternative treatment to antibiotics in some cases.

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