Biological control of tree of heaven

Tree of heaven invasion in Summerland, British Columbia (Lisa Scott, OASISS)
Tree of heaven, Ailanthus altissima, is a deciduous tree native to north-east and central China and Taiwan. It was brought to Europe and North America as an ornamental, but became invasive and is now an invasive species of concern in many countries, including Canada. Once established, tree of heaven is…
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Biological control of parrot feather in North America

Parrot feather
Parrot feather, Myriophyllum aquaticum, is a very popular garden and ornamental plant and has a long history of invasion worldwide. It was first recorded in Canada in 1980 from British Columbia and has since been recorded in the Lower Mainland and in the USA. Parrot feather forms dense impenetrable mats…
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CABI partners with The Liveability Challenge 2022 to help shortlist entries for the challenge boasting a S$1m prize

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CABI is partnering with the The Liveability Challenge 2022 to help shortlist entries in the Food & Agritechnology track for the Grand Finale held later this year. Organisations have until 1 April to submit disruptive, game-changing solutions that will help cities accelerate decarbonisation, meet increasing demand for food, and conserve…
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Review highlights opportunities for joined-up action on climate adaptation and invasive species management

Parthenium in Pakistan
A CABI-led review has found there are opportunities for increased policy coordination to achieve win-win results for both climate adaptation and Invasive Species Management (ISM) in Pakistan, Zambia, Kenya and Ghana. The paper, authored by Jonathan Casey, CABI’s Climate Change Manager, explored existing interlinkages across national planning processes for ISM,…
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Study of ants suggests a need for better biodiversity conservation across agricultural land in the tropics

Ants
A new study, led by CABI scientist Dr Elizabeth Finch, is the first to investigate the impacts of swidden agriculture on ant communities across the full degradation gradient, highlighting the utmost importance of the conservation of existing closed canopy forests. Swidden agriculture, known more commonly as slash and burn agriculture,…
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Managing the pathogens threatening St Helena’s biodiversity and food security

Black cabbage trees
St Helena’s endemic trees and insects are under threat, possibly due to introduced pathogens or changes to the range of endemic pathogens due to climate change. This project will survey and identify pathogens associated with tree death (including nursery-raised stock), and insect populations. Additionally, crop diseases will be surveyed and…
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