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Elite genetics for Manuka honey and essential oil production

Opportunity for

  • Investors interested in investing in the ManukaLife company
  • Nurseries interested in producing and distributing elite Leptospermum genetics
  • Plantation companies and large-scale landholders (farming, mining etc.) interested in developing essential oil / Manuka honey producing plantations
  • Cosmetic, pharmaceutical and medical companies interested in developing new products

Opportunity description

Industry challenge: Manuka honey is one of the world’s highest naturally occurring antibacterial products and there is strong global demand for high grade manuka honey and oil. Australian manuka honey production areas have been severely impacted by bushfires and land clearing practices in recent years. This threatens the supply of manuka honey and oil for pharmaceutical and medical applications.

Current opportunity: AgriFutures Australia and ManukaLife instigated an intensive breeding and selection program to develop elite Leptospermum genetics that exhibit longer flowering periods, higher nectar volumes, and higher methylglyoxal (MGO) content than the native species currently being used. Opportunities exist for a range of organisations to either engage with ManukaLife to rapidly expand the establishment of plantations in Australia or partner to develop new cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. See video footage of ManukaLife value proposition.

Opportunity type

Seeking interest, Seeking investment

Readiness

Mid (TRL 5-7)
Proof of concept in the laboratory then in the field resulting in the development of a minimum viable product (MVP).
What does this mean?
Describes the stage of the challenge or opportunity being pursued.

Project led by

Multiple industries
Aquaculture Essential oils Fruits Game Grains Honey bees Nuts Other rural industries Pasture, fodder & feed Poultry Pulse grains

AgriFutures Australia

AgriFutures Australia, formerly known as Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), are an organisation that proudly focuses on the …

Multiple industries
Aquaculture Essential oils Fruits Game Grains Honey bees Nuts Other rural industries Pasture, fodder & feed Poultry Pulse grains
  • Location

    Australia

  • Organisation type

    Research funding body

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