Our Honey Lab provides cost-effective scientific solutions to guarantee the quality of your honeybee products to your customers. We offer honey traceability and authenticity services through Y-Trace laboratory, located in Yanchep, Western Australia.

Samples from across Australia can be received, although for biosecurity purposes, they need to follow a strict protocol.

Supported tests are below.


Monofloral Signature

This test uses the non-sugar fraction of the honey and has been demonstrated to identify nectar signatures within the honey. The signature is deciphered using 4 different developments of the chromatograph (two different wavelengths and before and after derivatisation) and requires signature establishment through multiple samples or the provision of a nectar sample. Presently confirmed are Jarrah, Marri, Red Bell, Coastal Peppermint and Leatherwood.

CODEX honey tests

The Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) is the international food standards-setting body established by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization.

US Pharmacopeia (USP)

USP is dedicated to helping improve global health through standards setting in compounding, biologics, pharmaceutical manufacturing and other fields.

Honey pollen analysis


Islam, M.K., Lawag, I.L., Green, K.J., Sostaric, T., Hammer, K.A., Lim, L.Y. and Locher, C. 2022. An investigation of the suitability of melissopalynology to authenticate Jarrah honey, Current Research in Food Science, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crfs.2022.02.014

Islam, M.K.; Vinsen, K.; Sostaric, T.; Lim, L.Y.; Locher, C. 2021. Detection of syrup adulterants in Manuka and Jarrah honey using HPTLC-multivariate data analysis. PeerJ 9:e12186.

Islam, M.K.; Sostaric, T., Lim, L.Y.; Hammer, K. and Locher, C. 2021. Development of an HPTLC-based dynamic reference standard for the analysis of complex natural products using Jarrah honey as a test sample. PloS One 16:e0254857.

Islam, M.K.; Sostaric, T.; Lim, L.Y.; Hammer, K.; Locher, C. 2021. Antioxidant HPTLC-DPPH Fingerprinting of Honeys and Tracking of Antioxidant Constituents upon Thermal Exposure. Foods (Basel, Switzerland) 10(2): 357.

Islam, M.K.; Sostaric, T.; Lim, L.Y.; Hammer, K.; Locher, C. 2020. Sugar Profiling of Honey for Authentication and Detection of Adulterants Using High-Performance Thin Layer Chromatography. Molecules, 25(22): 5289. doi: 10.3390/molecules25225289.

Islam, M.K.; Sostaric, T.; Lim, L.Y.; Hammer, K.; Locher, C. 2020. A validated method for the quantitative determination of sugars in honey using high-performance thin-layer chromatography. JPC – Journal of Planar Chromatography – Modern TLC 2020, 33(5): 489-499.

Islam, M.K.; Sostaric, T.; Lim, L.Y.; Hammer, K.; Locher, C. 2020. Development and validation of an HPTLC–DPPH assay and its application to the analysis of honey. JPC – Journal of Planar Chromatography – Modern TLC 2020, 33(3): 301-311.

Green, K. J.; Islam, M. K.; Lawag, I.; Locher, C.; Hammer, K. A., Honeys derived from plants of the coastal sandplains of Western Australia: antibacterial and antioxidant activity, and other characteristics. Journal of Apicultural Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/00218839.2022.2073953

Islam, M.K., Lawag, I.L., Sostaric, T., Ulrich, E., Ulrich, D., Dewar, T., Lim, L.Y. and Locher, C. 2022. Australian Honeypot Ant (Camponotus inflatus) Honey—A Comprehensive Analysis of the Physiochemical Characteristics, Bioactivity, and HPTLC Profile of a Traditional Indigenous Australian Food, Molecules, 27: 2154. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules27072154

Islam, M. K.; Sostaric, T, Lim, L. Y, Hammer, K, Locher, C., A comprehensive analysis of the impacts of temperature on honey in in-process quality control and storage (submitted)

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