The main conference organisers are the co-operative research centre (CRC) for Honey Bee Products based at the University of Western Australia.
Local manuka honey buyers will get extra assurance with the release of two new quality seals for authentic Australian manuka honey.
The seals are only available to manuka honey producers whose honey meets the standard laid down by the Australian Manuka Honey Association.
John Rawcliffe, general manager of New Zealand’s UMF honey industry association, told online news site Stuff.co.nz recently that Australian honey producers are “taking part of the [Maori] creation story and bastardizing it.”
His remarkable claim appears to have little support, but is part of an ongoing campaign intended to block Australian manuka honey producers from access to international markets.
A tiny native stingless bee, known as sugar bag, is probably the only one most Australians would have heard of, because indigenous Australians have long collected its honey.
But up until quite recently, little has been known about the other species.