CSIRO imports dung beetles to help clear paddocks of poo problem

10 May 2022
Alex Crowe

A somewhat unsavoury but altogether important task lay ahead for trays of tiny overseas imports laying in wait at the CSIRO.

Dung beetles imported from Morocco are quarantining at Black Mountain ahead of their eventual release to help clear Australian paddocks of a poo problem.

The new arrivals, part of a biocontrol method used by CSIRO since the 1960s, will hopefully fill a gap in dung beetle activity from the southern states, right up into Western Australia.

They will join 23 species of dung beetles already established in Australia, tasked with returning cattle and sheep poo back into the soil.

Read more: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7728953/ecosystem-engineers-to-help-clear-paddocks-of-poo-problem/