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Greater awareness needed to increase uptake of invasive plant biocontrol in Europe, scientists say

New information portal launched to help in fight against pests and diseases of coconut

The Invasive Species Compendium – a critical source of open access information for developing countries

CABI-led study provides comprehensive review of devastating fall armyworm pest

Biological control of Old Man’s Beard

Clematis vitalba is a fast-growing vine that produces vast quantities of seeds and grows intensely as thickets over trees, shrubs and other vegetation.  Due to its rapid growth rate and ability to form large clumps, the plant can quickly outcompete native biodiversity and is dangerous to forests which is why Clematis vitalba is classed as one of New Zealand’s most invasive alien plants. Current control methods include mechanical removal and herbicides. However, this project is investigating the potential of biological control using fungi from its native range to help control the weed.

PhD student steps up fight against ragweed which is rated world’s fourth most serious invasive weed