Satisfy your thirst for knowledge over a drink at the Buderim Tavern.
These free public lectures showcase how university research is improving people's lives. You'll hear from USC researchers who are experts in their field, and learn how the work being done in lecture theatres and labs is having a real impact in our community.
Topic: "To bee or not to bee: what is happening with Australian bees?"
Presented by Professor Helen Wallace
Bees are not just cute and furry, they are also very useful creatures- they pollinate our food crops, they are important pollinators in natural ecosystems, they make honey, and they are an important source of new medicines. Bees are in decline around the world due to land use change, pesticides and pests and diseases. In Australia we have introduced honeybees and around 1600 species of native bee, and many of these we know very little about. I will introduce you some Australian native bees with unusual behaviour and talk about how we are using cutting edge techniques at USC to understand their ecology and biology.
Topic: "Manuka honey - Science or Myth"
Presented by: Professor Helen Wallace and Dr Peter Brooks
New Zealand’s Manuka Honey is reported to have amazing anti-bacterial properties. The retail prices of Manuka honeys have sky rocketed because of its infection busting effects on wounds. Australia has 83 species of Leptospermum trees that may produce this honey, while New Zealand has only the one. So what makes Manuka honey so special, and can the Australian honey industry jump on the bandwagon? Also, what should consumers look for? The Honey Research Lab at USC has been investigating the chemistry of Leptospermum honeys and the nectars to answer these questions.
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