Manuka honey used to make electrospun wound dressings

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(EurekAlert/Shinshu University) Manuka honey contains multiple bioactive ingredients that aid in healing. Electrospinning is a type of fiber production that uses electrical force to draw extremely fine threads from polymer solutions. Researchers at Shinshu University in Japan have found just the right technique for spinning dressings made with manuka honey that are antimicrobial, breathable and can promote wound healing in virto.

Lack of bee imports due to Covid-19 will affect Canada’s honey supply and agriculture

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(CTV) Scandia Honey imports 20,000 bee packages each season, which are used to start new hives or replace ones that die over winter. This year, because of shipping restrictions from the Covid-19 pandemic, they got none. The company says that will put a strain on Canada’s honey supply. An even bigger problem for Canada might be the effect a drop in the number of beehives will have on agriculture: bee hives are used by seed companies to pollinate their crops to produce the seed stock for next year.

Scientists use honey and wild salmon to trace industrial metals in the environment

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(EurekAlert/Goldschmidt Conference) Scientists have long known that honey bees pick up small amounts of metal elements when they alight on flowers and leaves. They carry these metals back to the hive where tiny amounts are incorporated into the honey. However, this is the first time researchers have been able to establish clearly the sources of the metals carried by the bees and their products, making them reliable biomarkers for environmental pollution.