Himalayan balsam impact on invertebrates

Himalayan balsam is one of the UK’s most widespread invasive weed species, colonising river banks, waste land, damp woodlands, roadways and railways. Research by CABI scientists has shown local invertebrate biodiversity is negatively affected by the presence of Himalayan balsam. This leads to fragmented, destabilised ecosystems, which has serious consequences on processes and functioning, and complicates habitat restoration unless remedial actions are implemented.

Tanner R. et. al. (2013) PLoS ONE Impacts of an Invasive Non-Native Annual Weed, Impatiens glandulifera, on Above and Below-ground Invertebrate Communities in the United Kingdom.

Himalayan Balsam Infographic