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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Repelling the invader: turning the tide on Ascension’s Mexican thorn

Prosopis juliflora
Mexican thorn is the most damaging invasive species on Ascension Island. Introduced purposely, this weed has naturalised and spread rapidly, outcompeting native vegetation and negatively impacting wildlife, while encouraging other invasive rodents. This project will take a strategic and integrated approach to controlling thorn on Ascension including a rigorous assessment…
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Strengthening food security systems in Pakistan

Thirty-seven percent of Pakistan's population is already vulnerable to food insecurity. This figure will soon exacerbate given the effect of recent external challenges including the rapid spread of Covid-19 and its subsequent Government restrictions, and Pakistan’s largest locust infestation in 25 years devasting large areas of agricultural land, including cotton,…
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CABI and the Rainforest Alliance pledge working towards more sustainable agriculture

Plantwise Cambodia
CABI and the Rainforest Alliance have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on ways to help smallholder farmers around the world grow safer and higher quality food – and increase their incomes in the process – through more sustainable agricultural practices. With this partnership, producers will benefit from…
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