Masters of Sciences
Evaluate dung beetle ecosystem services
From 1969 to 1990s, dung beetle species were introduced from southern Africa and southern Europe. A total of 53 species were introduced with 23 established. The burial of cattle dung produced annually was expected to bring ecosystem benefits to soil environment, pasture plant and pest control.
This project will investigate the effect of introduced dung beetle species activity on soil physico-chemical properties, soil microbial populations and pasture plants growth. The data collected from his experiments will contribute to the dung beetle program by enabling a better understanding of ecological benefits or potential concerns from the introduction and establishment of exotic dung beetle species.
Professor Leslie Weston, Professor Geoff Gurr, Associate Professor Phil Eberbach, Dr Paul Weston, Dr Russell Barrow
Australian Government’s Rural Research & Development for Profit Program DBBE project.
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