Investigation into the feasibility of applying magnetic particle technology to the cleansing of oiled wildlife in the field
The application of magnetic particle technology to environmental remediation in general, and to wildlife rehabilitation in particular, has been under investigation at Victoria University for a number of years, in collaboration with the Phillip Island Research Centre (PIRC).
This work has achieved significant international attention and is now at a stage where proof of principle work has been completed and peer reviewed.
The use of magnetic particles for the cleansing of oiled feathers (and fur) promises a number of advantages in terms of time, labour and cost over conventional detergentbased methods. Such particles, unlike detergents, are non-toxic, non-irritating and recyclable. The method also offers the possibility of superior equipment mobility.