Himalayan balsam is an environmentally damaging weed and its large scale control is virtually impossible. A novel solution could be on the way in the form of biological control using natural enemies. This website introduces a project to find a biocontrol agent that has been running since 2006.

CABI was asked by Defra, the Environment Agency and the Scottish Government to find a natural enemy to help control this destructive weed. Since 2006 the scientific team from CABI have conducted research to ensure the selected agent is reliable, effective and safe. This approach will help to support ecosystem restoration and avoid negative impacts on non-target species.

CABI are world experts in natural control. We have an excellent international track record for discovering, safety testing, and assisting governments release natural control agents. To find out more, visit www.cabi.org.