Consultation on the release of a rust to control Himalayan balsam

Defra are seeking your views and supporting evidence on the Pest Risk Assessment and proposal to lift the quarantine restrictions of Puccinia komarovii var. glandulifera. Defra are also seeking your views on the utilisation of this rust fungus (after rigorous safety testing) for the biocontrol of the highly invasive non-native plant, Himalayan balsam, (Impatiens glandulifera).

Please send any responses to Simon Mackown at: