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We produce only 20% of the honey we consume - the rest is imported.

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Do Your Bees Have Good Taste?

Published 20.Aug.2013, 9:28pm

NHS 2011

Hi, my name is Nicola Simcock and I am a PhD student in the honeybee lab at Newcastle University. Primarily my research is focused on trying to understand what honeybees are able to taste by using a number of different techniques and recently I have begun work on assessing the contents of honey in order to compare what the bees can taste with what the bees actually eat. In addition, the data we collect will be used in a larger project; the insect pollinators initiative, that involves a number of labs across the UK.

Do Your Bees Have Good Taste?

To accomplish my goal I am appealing to any beekeeper that is willing to get involved by providing me a small sample of honey from their hive. I will be attending this years national Honey show in Surrey to try and boost my sample number. Once published the data will be accessible to the public, so if you would like to get involved please come along to the honey show or get in touch, the more samples the merrier!

For more details click on link above.

National Honey Show
Promoting the highest quality honey and wax products with international classes, beekeeping lecture convention and workshops.

St George’s College, Weybridge, Surrey KT15 2QS.

Thursday 24th October 2013 - 9.00 am – 6.00 pm (Open in the morning but limited to lectures).
Friday 25th October 2013 - 9.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Saturday 26th October - 2013 - 9.00 am – 4.30 pm.


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David Cockburn
25.Aug.2013 6:55pm [ 1 ]

Tell us the sample size and any particularities about how it is collected and I've no doubt that beekeepers will be happy to contribute samples for analysis.

Note from admin Hi David, see link at top of page for more information. ST

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