Beetles part of $23 million deal

DUNG beetles are the focus of a national research effort to turn 80 million tonnes of dung produced by Australian livestock each year into a multi-million dollar benefit to farmers.

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The humble dung beetle is pat of a $23 million research project. Image courtesy MLA

The $23 million project will be run by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) with the research being led by Charles Sturt University (CSU) through the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation.

Graham Centre director Professor Michael Friend said, "This project aims to build our knowledge of the role that native and imported dung beetles provide in farming systems such as improving pasture and soil health and reducing the spread of flies and parasites."

A CSIRO-run program from 1964 to the mid-1990s introduced dung beetles from southern Africa and southern Europe to Australia, with 23 species established.
CSU Professor Leslie Weston said this new project will develop information and pathways for dung beetles to be incorporated more widely into livestock production...

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