Simon Williams began working with Mānuka honey as an undergraduate student with Associate Professor Merilyn Manley-Harris at the University of Waikato. Simon gained a Masters degree with First Class Honours after conducting the first survey of the Mānuka honey activity precursor Dihydroxyacetone in the nectar of Mānuka trees around New Zealand. He found that there was significant variation between areas in New Zealand and also between individual trees within a sample site. The work also indicated the ability to predict honey activity based off the sampled nectar. After a brief hiatus as a Visiting Scholar in America and in commercial analytical testing, Simon has returned to the world of honey. He is currently working on his Ph.D. as part of the Oz honey project. His thesis involves measuring the activity of the different Leptospermum species of Australia and how they compare to the honey that is produced.
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