Australia’s 4.8 million dog owners are used to scooping poo, and one researcher hopes to make composting dog poo the next step of responsible dog ownership.
Environmental Science PhD candidate and dog owner Emily Bryson has spent two years analysing decomposing dog poo for her research.
COVID-19 restrictions have meant the project is true backyard science.
Emily surveyed 1100 Australian dog owners on how they dispose of poo, and most of it goes to landfill, often in non-compostable plastic bags.
Using her own ‘research assistant’, Bailey, and the poo of hundreds of dogs from day care, Emily has been studying the breakdown of dangerous pathogens in different compost temperatures, even using worm farms.
Emily Bryson, CQUniversity Environmental Science PhD candidate and dog owner