Dr Valerie Caron ‘Dung Beetles’

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Thursday, 11 July 2024 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Dr Valerie Caron with dung beetles
Dr Valerie Caron with dung beetles

Valerie, from Health and Biosecurity, CSIRO, will talk about the wonderful world of dung beetles and the latest importation program.

When Europeans brought livestock to Australia, they didn’t realise the issues it would cause. Livestock produce dung that accumulate on the soil surface, fouling pasture, causing water pollution due to runoff and providing habitat for dung breeding flies. To mitigate these issues, dung beetles have been introduced to Australia since the 1960s. While 23 species have established and have spread, there remain many geographical and seasonal gaps in dung beetle activity when there are not enough dung beetle present to control dung. Three species were recently imported from Morocco to fill the spring gap in southern Australia. In this presentation, Valerie will talk about the wonderful world of dung beetles and the latest importation program.

Dr Valerie Caron is a Senior Research Scientist in Health and Biosecurity, CSIRO. She is an entomologist with an interest in biological control and invasion biology. Her research has a strong ecological focus - she believes that biological control is applied ecology at its best. Dr Caron has a B.Sc. in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, a M.Sc. in biological control from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and a PhD in invasion biology, from Monash University Melbourne, Victoria. Her research currently focuses on invasive invertebrate species, introduced dung beetles, land snail control and pre-emptive biological control.

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