Previous research survey work identified there are seasonal and geographical gaps in the distribution of dung beetles across southern Australia.
Dung beetles play an incredible role by burying livestock dung, leading to improved soil, reduced runoff, fewer parasites, lower carbon emissions, and fewer pesky flies. They even help control livestock parasites! The DBEE project will delve deeper into the benefits of dung beetles and their influence on livestock health, promoting sustainable and friendly agricultural practices.
Project name Dung beetle ecosystem engineers - enduring benefits for livestock producers via science and a new community partnership model (2018 -2023)
Funding Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment $13.035M
Nation-wide monitoring surveys and ecosystem research activities were undertaken to find out more about existing communities of dung beetles, the climates and soil types they prefer and identify gaps that can be filled by new species.
Our researchers established over 100 intensive monitoring sites and trained project partners in surveillance protocols.
The Dung Beetle Ecosystem Engineers (DBEE) project is expanding the range of dung beetles in Australia and analysing their performance for livestock producers. The project is expected to have significant benefits to both livestock producers and the environment.