Composting poultry manure by fly larvae (Musca domestica) eliminates Campylobacter jejuni from the manure

Steen Nordentoft, Birthe Hald

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Abstract

Introduction The common house fly, Musca domestica (Md) is an important carrier of zoonotic agents, and Campylobacter jejuni is one that may be transmitted between animals and humans by flies. Colonized animals shed the bacteria in feces where larval stages of Md flies develops. Aim of the present study To monitor fly larvae composting of poultry manure artificially contaminated with C. jejuni, and to investigate a possible transmission route of C. jejuni from the manure through the fly larvae to the adult fly. Conclusions The addition of fly larvae both accelerated the degradation of manure and C. jejuni. Pupae or newly hatched flies were not carriers of C. jejuni although larvae were grown in contaminated manure. Impact When composting poultry manure with Md fly larvae, it is possible both to reduce the amount of waste and to sanitize it from C. jejuni, thereby reducing the risk of contaminating the environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHRO 2013 : 17th International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherUniversity of Aberdeen
Publication date2013
Pages130-131
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event17th International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms - Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Sep 201319 Sep 2013
Conference number: 17
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Workshop17th International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms
Number17
LocationAberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityAberdeen
Period15/09/201319/09/2013
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Nordentoft, S., & Hald, B. (2013). Composting poultry manure by fly larvae (Musca domestica) eliminates Campylobacter jejuni from the manure. In CHRO 2013: 17th International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms (pp. 130-131). University of Aberdeen. http://jmm.sgmjournals.org/content/suppl/2013/08/30/62.Pt_9.DC1/CHROfinal.pdf