Donors and partners

Donors

In 2006 CABI was asked by Environment Agency, Defra and the Scottish Government to find a reliable and effective natural enemy to help control Himalayan balsam.

Defra
Defra logoThe Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ role is to help enable people to live within their environmental means. Defra’s priority is to ensure that the resources we need and environment we enjoy continue to be available for us all, now and in the future.

Defra holds policy responsibility for non-native species and plant health. It is working with the Central Science Laboratory (the licensing authority) to ensure that a scientifically rigorous licensing process is followed before any release of a natural control agent for Japanese knotweed.

Environment Agency
Environment Agency
The Environment Agency is the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. Its job is to make sure that air, land and water are looked after by everyone in today’s society, so that tomorrow’s generations inherit a cleaner, healthier world.

The Environment Agency is committed to improving the ecological quality of our water environment. It is also responsible for managing flood risk. River corridors dominated by a dense monoculture of Japanese knotweed damage biodiversity and reduce the capacity of the watercourse to cope with floodwater. It also reduces the amenity value of the river and its aesthetic value to the local community. Currently, herbicides are used to manage Japanese knotweed. The Environment Agency seeks a safe, specific and sustainable alternative that will pose no risk to water quality or the wider environment.

Scottish Government
Scottish Government logoThe devolved government for Scotland is responsible for most of the issues of day-to-day concern to the people of Scotland, including health, education, justice, rural affairs and transport.

Scotland’s countryside and landscapes are important both for their intrinsic environmental value and because of the opportunities for social and economic development.

Network Rail
Network RailNetwork Rail is the ‘not for dividend’ owner and operator of Britain’s railway infrastructure, which includes the tracks, signals, tunnels, bridges, viaducts, level crossings and stations – the largest of which we also manage. Their aim is to provide a safe, reliable and efficient rail infrastructure for freight and passenger trains to use.

Westcountry Rivers Trust
Westcountry Rivers Trust
The Westcountry Rivers Trust is an environmental charity established in 1995 to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of the rivers, streams, watercourses and water impoundments in the Westcountry and to advance the education of the public in the management of water.
In 2015 we carried out releases at 25 sites around the country. The sponsors of this work were:

Defra
Defra logoThe Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ role is to help enable people to live within their environmental means. Defra’s priority is to ensure that the resources we need and environment we enjoy continue to be available for us all, now and in the future.

Natural England
Natural EnglandNatural England is the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England. It helps to protect England’s nature and landscapes for people to enjoy and for the services they provide.

 

 

Environment Agency
PDF.inddThe Environment Agency is the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. Its job is to make sure that air, land and water are looked after by everyone in today’s society, so that tomorrow’s generations inherit a cleaner, healthier world.

Yorkshire Water
Yorkshire Water
Yorkshire Water manages the collection, treatment and distribution of water in Yorkshire, supplying around 1.24 billion litres of drinking water each day. At the same time they also collect, treat and dispose of about one billion litres of waste water safely back into the environment.

Wakefield Council
WakefieldCouncilWakefield Council supplies many services to the city of Wakefield which is based in the centre of England. The district has emerged from over a century of reliance on coal mining to become a manufacturing, shopping and distribution centre hub.

Calder & Colne Rivers Trust
CalderdaleCalder & Colne Rivers Trust is a local rivers trust which works to improve rivers in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.

Calderdale Council
Calderdale CouncilCalderdale Council supplies many services to the region of Calderdale in West Yorkshire.

 

 

Welsh Government
Welsh GovThe Welsh Government works to help improve the lives of people in Wales, making the nation a better place in which to live and work.

 

 

 

North West Kent and Medway Valley Partnership

NWKentThe Medway Valley Countryside Partnership is based at Sandling just outside of Maidstone. It works in all the parishes in the boroughs of Maidstone and Tonbridge and Malling and sometimes extends to the wider River Medway catchment where it works in partnership with a multitude of like minded conservation organisations.

 

British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

bcThe Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is responsible for stewardship of Provincial Crown land and natural resources, and protection of B.C.’s archaeological and heritage resources.


Partners

The National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR)

NBPGR logoHeadquartered in New Delhi, NBPGR undertakes plant introductions and augments  germplasm  to improve crops.

As in-country partners, NBPGR joined us (CABI) on the surveys, assisted in the collections, undertook some science and obtained the export licence for the natural enemies.

Dr Mool Chand Singh (Principal Scientist): “Collaborating with CABI on this project has been both exiting and productive. What’s really interesting is that through this research we have discovered that the rust fungus is new to science and therefore this is a real scientific breakthrough.”

Plant Protection Institute, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences logoHeadquartered in Budapest, the Plant Protection Institute of the CAR of the Hungarian Academy of Science “is the only institution in Hungary devoted entirely to plant protection”.

The Plant Protection Institute undertook a detailed molecular analysis of the rust and compared it to a number of other rusts from Impatiens species. Combined with morphological comparisons, and cross inoculation studies, this research resulted in renaming the rust Puccinia komarovii var. glanduliferae.

Dr Levente Kiss (Director) “Collaborating on this research with CABI has been both interesting and pioneering – evaluating a fungal biocontrol agent for the control of Himalayan balsam, if successful, will be a first for Europe”.