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Manuka honey replaces antibiotics in hospitals

Manuka honey replaces antibiotics in hospitals

Three Australian universities have teamed up to explore the eighty species of Manuka that could transform the local honey industry from just food to medical saviours.

Primarily produced in New Zealand, Manuka is so effective at preventing infection it’s now in high demand in hospitals where antibiotic resistant bacteria like staphylococcus plays havoc with patient health.

However, Australia could be on the threshold of joining this multi million dollar industry, based on a honey that for years was thrown out as unattractive to consumers.


Dr Shona Blair
microbiologist and manager of the I3 Research Institute at UTS


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