About the project
They may be small but dung beetles can provide some big ecosystem benefits on-farm. The Dung Beetle Ecosystem Engineers (DBEE) project aims to fill in the gaps in the distribution of beetles in southern Australia by introducing new species.
It will also build on previous research to:
expand the distribution of existing species
develop a supply and distribution pipeline so more livestock producers can access beetles
The national research project will also quantify the ecosystem services and economic benefits provided by dung beetles.
The dung beetle project is expected to provide significant benefits to livestock producers, with aims to:
01. Improve soil in grazing systems
02. Reduce the spread of diseases and insect pests, such as bush flies
03. Increase pasture health
04. Reduce nutrient run-off into waterways
A natural performer
Dung beetles assist pasture growth, soil health and carbon sequestration
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The Dung Beetle Ecosystem Engineers Project would like to hear from landholders about your experiences with dung beetles. Are you interested in filling a seasonal ‘gap’ in dung beetle activity on your farm? Do numbers seem to be down as a result of any recent events such as sustained drought or previous flooding?
Several levels of beetle activity monitoring will be run by DBEE. While the intensive monitoring is being managed by us we welcome input from groups wishing to be involved in less intensive monitoring. Data from across Australia will be a huge benefit to the DBEE project and allow us to get a big picture of dung beetle activity. If you would like more information on how your group or school might get involved please contact us.
The dung beetle rearing and distribution team are especially keen to work with anyone interested in discussing the possible development of commercial rearing of beetles.
Email DBEE at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get in touch with our team.
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This project is supported by Meat & Livestock Australia, through funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit program.