Dung beetle project draws in $23 million

NEW RESEARCH BOOST: Professor Leslie Weston and Dr Paul Weston will help with a valuable dung beetle project.
NEW RESEARCH BOOST: Professor Leslie Weston and Dr Paul Weston will help with a valuable dung beetle project.

Dung beetles are the focus of a research effort to turn 80 million tonnes of dung produced by Australian livestock each year into a multi-million dollar benefit to farmers.

The $23 million project will be led by Charles Sturt University (CSU) through the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation.

Graham Centre Director Professor Michael Friend said the project aims to build knowledge of the role that dung beetles provide in farming systems.  A CSIRO run program from 1964 to the mid 1990’s introduced dung beetles from southern Africa and southern Europe, with 23 species established here. CSU Professor Leslie Weston said this new project would develop information and pathways for dung beetles to be incorporated widely into livestock production systems.

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