Dung beetles offer major agricultural, economic and biosecurity benefits for Australia.
By burying livestock dung (Australian livestock produce some 80-million tonnes a year) dung beetles can improve soil, reduce water runoff, reduce livestock parasites, sequester carbon and reduce emissions, improve pastures, and reduce bushfly and buffalo fly populations.
By harnessing the dung beetle’s power, Australian farmers can save money and reduce their carbon footprint.
More research needs to occur in this area. One of outcomes of the DBEE project will be an analysis of the environmental benefits of dung beetles.