116 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour tables
International dung beetle scientist Dr Bernard Doube and organic agriculture expert Tim Marshall have teamed up to produce a new publication on dung beetles and soil health. Dung Down Under: Dung Beetles for Australia is the definitive resource for farmers and land managers on the benefits and use of dung beetles.
This illustrated colour book explains the agricultural, economic and environmental benefits of dung beetles. There are sections on improving pasture production and soil structure, soil carbon, parasite control and water quality. The use and dangers of agricultural and veterinary chemicals are examined, and detailed descriptions and guidelines given on the establishment and management of dung beetle populations. Promising new species for Australia are reviewed.
The publication also features specific regional information, making it locally relevant to your stakeholders.
- Dung beetles in sustainable agriculture
- How dung beetles improve Australian soils
- Establishing, managing and monitoring dung beetles
- Economic benefits from dung beetle activity
- Dung beetles in horticulture
- Dung beetle biology
- Dung beetle ecology
- Global warming, soil carbon and greenhouse gasses
- Biocontrol of pests, parasites and pathogens
- Threats to dung beetles
- New species for Australia and New Zealand
- Regional report cards
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Dr Bernard Doube has extensive research experience with dung beetles in South Africa and Australia. He is also an international expert on earthworms and the biological basis of soil health and has co-edited the books Soil Biota: Management in Sustainable Farming Systems and Biological Indicators of Soil Health. Bernard is now Principal of Dung Beetle Solutions Australia, which researches the influence of dung beetles on water quality, grazing systems and carbon sequestration in southern Australia.
Tim Marshall has been contributing to the organic agriculture industry for 35 years. He is the author of the definitive organic books BUG: The Ultimate Guide to Organic Pest Control, WEED: The Ultimate Guide to Organic Weed Control, The New Organic Gardener and Composting: The Ultimate Guide to Recycling Your Garden, all through ABC Books/Harper Collins.