CABI is a science-based not-for-profit organization that specialises in agricultural and environmental research. Its mission and direction is influenced by its 48 member countries who help guide the organization’s activities. These include scientific publishing, projects and consultancy, information for development and mycological services.
CABI was contracted to undertake research on behalf of the project board. CABI scientists have been conducting research into potential natural control agents to combat Himalayan balsam. This work entailed the collection, identification and selection of Himalayan balsam’s natural enemies, seeking an insect or pathogen of Himalayan balsam, so selective that it would be suitable for release in the UK. These potential agents were assessed in a Defra-licensed quarantine facility and all work was carried out according to international protocols.