Scoop a Poop

Scoop a Poop

Scoop a Poop is a citizen science project coordinated by scientists from Macquarie University, in collaboration with Taronga Zoo and the University of Sydney.

Scoop a Poop enables citizen scientists to contribute to the global fight against antibiotic resistance. We want you to help us out by collecting possum poop!

In this video, Associate Professor Michelle Power and Professor Michael Gillings explain the problem of antibiotic resistance, how it gets into the wild, and why we are interested in possum poop.

If you are collecting possum poop for us, please download the Scoop a Poop app from the App Store or Google Play:

Download on the App Store

We will analyse the poop in our laboratory to look for antibiotic resistance genes. Results are available every few months here.

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