Passing of Dr George Bornemissza OAM

It is with sadness that we mark the passing of Dr George Bornemissza OAM - "Father of Dung Beetles" in Australia at the grand age of 90. This country owes this man a debt of gratitude and thanks for being the catalyst and pioneer of dung beetle introductions into Australia.

Dr George Bornemissza, OAM passed away on 10th April 2014, at the age of 90.

George was kind enough to write the foreword to the Dung Beetle Resource Package.

He was a man with an enormous passion for dung beetles. His international beetle collection, which he donated to the public, is truly amazing. 

This country owes this man a debt of gratitude and thanks for being the catalyst and pioneer of dung beetle introductions into Australia.

He was instrumental in the Australian Dung Beetle Project, which introduced over 40 dung beetle species to deal with bovine dung, and reduce the populations of bush flies by 90%.

If you enjoy outdoor pursuits in Australia, including BBQs, cafe culture and others, with little interference from bush flies, you can thank Dr George Bornemissza and those who worked with him in dung beetle establishment.

For more information on George and his work, see CSIROpedia.

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