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Beynon, S.A., Peck, M., Mann, D.J. & Lewis, O.T., 2012

Consequences of alternative and conventional endoparasite control in cattle for dung-associated invertebrates and ecosystem functioning

Assessed the effects of ivermectin and three alternative treatments on dung fauna and decomposition rates.

Demonstrates that ivermectin "dramatically altered insect assemblages, reducing emergent fly biomass ... (and)... also reduced emergent dung beetle abundance" and adversely affected the rate of dung decomposition.

"Dung from ivermectin-treated cattle can act as an ecological trap (a poor-quality environment which associated invertebrates are forced to colonise) with potentially major consequences for the ecosystem service of dung decomposition".

One of the alternative treatments caused similar problems and they highlight the need for a legal requirement for environmental testing of alternative products.

Journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment
Volume Vol 162
Page range 36-44

Malcolm Storey

Taxonomic Scope

Bos primigenius Bojanus, 1827 (Aurochs) Background Reading Current
INSECTA (true insects) Background Reading Current
APHODIIDAE (a family of beetles) Background Reading Current
SCARABAEIDAE Latreille, 1802 (dung and carrion beetles) Background Reading Current

Related

Contradicts Endectocides and the Environment: http://www.noah.co.uk/issues/briefingdoc/21-endectocides.htm
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