Agricultural intensification and African dung-insect biodiversity


Zambia
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Ref: EIDPR100

Status: Completed

Round:
16
Funding Scheme:
Scoping
Project Leader:
Lead Organisation:
Project Partners:
Zambeef Producs PLC
Start Date:
09-01-10
End Date:
17-01-10
Funding:
£2,950.00
Regions:
Sub-Saharan Africa
Countries:
Zambia
Project Summary:
Theoretical population modelling suggests that the observed levels of toxicity could significantly damage dung-community biodiversity thereby disrupting dung dispersal and pasture productivity (Wardhaugh et al., 1998; Vale & Grant, 2002). However, field studies to examine whether the increased use of pyrethroid application on cattle to control pests is having a damaging effect on African dung fauna are rare and their results contradictory (Kruger et al., 1998, 1999). Hence, there is an urgent need to determine whether the theoretical predictions are a reality in the field. Until detailed field studies are undertaken it will not be possible to assess how seriously the African dung fauna are threatened by the frequent insecticidal treatment of cattle.