Reduction In Risk Of Human Pathogens By Using Dung Beetles and Soil Bacteria

Food safety regulations is an important thing to keep our intake healthy at all times. The food safety is the measures taken to help keep our food safe, before, during  and after eating it. It is important to understand that this process relies on the environment where the food is planted and the bacteria found there.

A new research led by Matthew Jones during his PhD project at Washington State University, was published in the Journal of Applied Ecology which suggests that the presence of dung beetles and soil bacteria is actually healthy as it reduces the risk of increasing pathogens that are harmful to humans.

This is due to the habits of the beetles and the bacteria in taking rid of pathogens including E. Coli through their nutrition process. According to Matthew, “Farmers are more and more concerned with food safety. If someone gets sick from produce traced back to a particular farm it can be devastating for them. As a result, many remove natural habitats from their farm fields to discourage visits by livestock or wildlife, making the farmland less hospitable to pollinators and other beneficial insects or birds.

The beetles will bury their feces inside the ground which is toxic to pathogens. The study has shown a significant decrease in the number of harmful bacteria and pathogens. They believe controlling the bacteria in the soil will definitely provide healthier and safer food for the mas populations.