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How honey heals wounds

All honeys have properties that help them heal wounds. But how do they do this, and what’s so unique about Mānuka honey? The problem with wounds In normal situations, like a cut finger or a ...

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Kiwifruit pollination problems

Next time you eat a kiwifruit, cut it in half and look at it before taking a bite. Look for the little seeds – most kiwifruit have about 1,000, so you can’t miss them. To get seeds in a ...

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Avocado pollination

Getting good crops of avocados in New Zealand is not always easy, and pollination is part of the problem. The avocado is a fruit tree introduced to New Zealand from Central America. It likes warm ...

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ACTIVITY

Antibacterial effects of honey - experiment

Honey is antibacterial and can prevent growth of most types of bacteria. This experiment compares the effect of different types of honey on bacteria growing on agar plates. Purpose To compare the ...

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Honey bee heroes

Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are the most important pollinators of many cultivated food crops and other flowering plants. These plants would be in trouble without bees, and so would we. Flowers ...

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Honey to heal - introduction

You may have been spreading honey on your toast for a few years, but people have been using it to treat illnesses for thousands of years! Now honey is being used to make a product that can help ...

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ACTIVITY

Pollination pairs

In this activity, students match native flowers with their pollinators, basing predictions on the main characteristics of flowers pollinated by wind, insects or birds. By the end of this ...

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Honeybees and Mānuka trees

Although honey from New Zealand’s Mānuka trees looks a lot like other honeys, there is one important difference that makes it extra special. Different honeys from different flowers New Zealand’s ...

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ACTIVITY

Making honey crystals - experiment

The presence of sugar crystals in honey affects the honey’s texture and palatability. In this experiment, you can investigate how crystals form in honey. Purpose To observe honey crystal ...

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The viscosity of honey - experiment

The viscosity of honey ranges from runny to almost solid. In this experiment, you can compare the viscosity of several types of honey. Purpose To compare the viscosity of different types of ...

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ACTIVITY

Pass the pollen

In this activity, students take on the role of flower parts and act out the process of insect pollination By the end of this activity, students should be able to: understand that pollination ...

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TEACHER PLD

Pollination (lower primary) – unit plan

Flowering plants create seeds, which get spread away from the parents and grow into new plants in new places. Pollination has to happen before seeds can be made, so flowers have a range of ways ...

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Processing Mānuka honey

New Zealand company Comvita is making and selling Mānuka honey woundcare products. In order to meet the high safety standards that are required, the honey needs to be monitored all the way from ...

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ACTIVITY

How much water is in honey? - experiment

The amount of water in honey depends upon the type and quality of the honey. In this experiment, you can compare different honeys to see how much water they contain. Purpose To compare the water ...

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The thixotropic nature of Mānuka honey - experiment

Mānuka honey is thixotropic. This means that it is solid when undisturbed, but becomes fluid when stirred or agitated. In this experiment, you can investigate Mānuka honey’s thixotropic nature ...

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The osmotic effect of honey - experiment

In this experiment, you can demonstrate osmosis using honey and potatoes. Purpose To observe the osmotic effect of honey. Keywords Honey, osmosis.  

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Dr Mark Goodwin

Position: Head of research team Field: Honey bees and pollination Organisation: Plant & Food Research, Ruakura For Dr Mark Goodwin, working with pollination has its challenges. Most crop ...

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Bees – fun facts

Below are some interesting facts about bees and honey. Find out more about bees and pollination. All worker bees are female. A bee produces a teaspoon of honey (about 5 grams) in her lifetime. To ...

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