“Sunshine + Rain + Clean Air = 100% Pure Australian Honey” (Mike James)
Mike James and Mark Greco formed Mike’s Pure Honey in 2018. Mike’s Pure Honey supplies Quality 100% Pure Australian Honey to local, regional and international consumers. Mike James has been a keen beekeeper for over 27 years. He started beekeeping by chance when a neighbour close by asked him for some help with his hives. Mike was immediately fascinated by the complexity and wonder of these amazing creatures and he soon started his own bee colonies, initially just for fun.
“When tending to my bees, I especially enjoy mother nature’s peacefulness and the benefits the bees bring to the Australian Bush” (Mike James).
Mike prefers the Italian/cross bees because they tend to be calmer and are more productive in most of Australia’s climate zones. When the bees are taken to these different climate zones and regions of Australia they provide us with some of the most diverse types of honeys. These honeys have some of the most varied flavours available anywhere in the world. Mark has been involved in the management and application of bees since 1991 and he has three of his own beehives at home. He has developed innovative methods for studying Honeybees and their behaviour using non-invasive imaging which is now termed Diagnostic Radioentomology (DR): http://www.radioentomology.com/index.html. He is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, Patron of the ANU Apiculture Society, member of the Australian Entomological Society and was Councillor for the N.S.W. Entomological Society. He authored the book “Imaging Techniques for Improved Bee Management”, contributed to the Whitley award winning field guide ‘Native bees of the Sydney region’ by Anne Dollin, Michael Batley, Martyn Robinson and Brian Faulkner, contributed to the book “Wildlife of Australia” by Louise Egerton and Jiri Lochman in 2009 and was awarded the F.G. Swain prize in 2006 for outstanding oral presentations at the University of Western Sydney Innovations Conference. His work has been published in National Geographic, Scientific American and Nature-Scientific Reviews including over 20 papers in internationally recognised peer reviewed journals. Mark currently lectures, publishes and presents information on the non-invasive study of bee behaviour and morphology using x-ray CT at various institutions such as the London Museum of Natural History, The Royal Society London, Universities and associations throughout Australia, Europe and the UK. In 2008, while at the Swiss Bee Research Institute as a post-doctoral researcher, he received the inaugural Dr Eva Crane award from the International Bee Research Association for best original research paper where DR was described as an emerging non-invasive technique for behavioural, evolutionary and classical biologists who need to study animals without harming them. In 2014, one of Mark’s DR images was published on the front cover of J.G. Ballard’s novel “The Crystal World”. He has recently collaborated with the BBC televised program “metamorphosis”, the BBC Earth series and the three part series called “Micromonsters”. He was an invited, expert consultant to the UK Parliamentary at Westminster and Scientific Committee meeting for “The Importance of Bees” 9th July 2013 at The House of Commons, London. Mark holds a PhD in Biology (University of Western Sydney) and a PhD in Electrical Engineering (University of Bath) and as the world’s first “Diagnostic Radioentomologist”, he is also Scientific Advisor for PESTIVAL: http://www.pestival.org.