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Welsh Honey ‘as Potent as Manuka’ Found in New Drugs Hunt


Scientists who enlisted the help of bees to hunt for plant-derived antibacterial drugs have discovered a “Welsh Manuka honey”.

Cardiff University experts analysed the honey created by bees from 250 Welsh hives to find plants they had visited with high antimicrobial properties.

They uncovered a honey in Gwynedd “as potent” as New Zealand’s famed Manuka.

The team is now setting up an urban honey-making scheme to see if it can be brought to market.

Prof Les Baillie, of the university’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, said the joint study with the National Botanic Garden of Wales had created more excitement than anything else in his three decades in science.