UMF Science

UMF® Science

The UMF Honey Association has a world-leading science programme that is focussed on identifying the unique signature compounds of genuine Manuka Honey, as a way of safeguarding consumers and the industry.

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Decades of research have culminated to identify the unique signature compounds found in genuine Manuka Honey.

With its unique properties, Manuka Honey (Leptospermum scoparium) has become one of the most researched honeys in the world.

There is also a large body of international research which collectively provides consumers and fellow researchers with a wealth of information about this product.

Click here to search the information database or Click here to find out about the Grading.



  • Dr Terry Braggins, Analytica Ruakura, New Zealand
  • Dr Peter Brooks, Sunshine Coast University, Australia
  • Professor Yoji Kato, Hyogo University, Japan
  • Professor Rose Cooper, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Dr Russell Frew, Otago University, New Zealand
  • Professor Liz Harry, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Dr Kerry Loomes, Auckland University, New Zealand
  • Daniel Melonchelli, Sunshine Coast University, Australia
  • Professor Peter Molan, Waikato University, New Zealand
  • Professor Karl Speer, Dresden University, Germany
  • Dr Jonathan Stephens, Auckland University, New Zealand
  • Emeritus Professor Alistair Wilkins, Waikato University, New Zealand
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