DUNG BEETLE PROJECT
- Charles Sturt University & MLA
- South West Victoria, Gippsland & Tasmania
Research QuestionTo understand which dung beetle species are common or rarely encountered in different regions of Australia by monitoring 120 sites across Australia, Meat & Livestock Australia is supporting a new project to enhance dung beetle benefits to farmers through funding from the Australian Government’s Rural Research & Development for Profit program. Charles Sturt University is leading the project and Southern Farming Systems have been subcontracted to undertake the research in south-west Victoria, Gippsland and Tasmania
Research Information & Objectives
What is being done?
• Monitoring dung beetle species and abundance from 27 monitoring sites that are replicated (4 replications per site) on a monthly basis over a 2 year period in Tasmania, Gippsland and South West Victoria.
• Monitor an 30 additional lower intensity monitoring sites engaging with local producers.
• Develop 2 research intensive experiments and complete data collection and monitoring in respect to dung incorporation rates and soil monitoring rates.
• Hold 12 farmer focused activities to raise awareness and spread knowledge about dung beetles