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.

In 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 then, 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.

For the latest information about the project and its results, please visit CABI’s dedicated project page.