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Insects digest fecal waste: dung beetles

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Two dung beetles fighting for a dung ball / Rafael Brix / LicenseGFDL - Gnu Free Document License

Dung beetles play an important role in nutrient cycling and soil generation because they feed on and bury feces.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"During parts of the year in India, dung beetles bury an estimated forty to fifty thousand tons of human excrement each day." (Crump 2005:73)

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Med_800pxscarabaeus_laticollis_2 Scarabaeoidea
Scarabaeoidea

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Fecal digestion enzymes to aid/speed up waste management.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Waste management

References
Crump, M. 2005. Headless Males Make Great Lovers & Other Unusual Natural Histories. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 199 p.
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drgandhi
over 3 years ago
These natural scavengers are mankind's boon to keep the environment free from solid wastes.but alas, mankind by the inborn greediness has destroyed them due to their brainless usage of killer pesticides.

Can we restore these mean but noble creatures who are meant for the good of mankind?
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