Useful Resources

Himalayan balsam flyer

This Himalayan balsam flyer outlines the the impacts of Himalayan balsam and what CABI scientists are  doing to manage this invasive weed.

In search of a Biocontrol agent for Himalayan balsam

CABI scientists travel to India searching for biological control agents that could be used to combat Britain’s devastatingly invasive weed Himalayan balsam. The plant is native to the Himalayan range, making India the perfect place to study the natural interactions between the plant and its environment.

Himalayan balsam infographic

Detailing the impacts of the invasive weed. Himalayan balsam infographic.

Links to more information on natural/ biological control:

The NSF Center for Integrated Pest Management (CIPM) was established in 1991 to take a lead role in technology development, program implementation, training, and public awareness for IPM at the state, regiona, and national level

As a fully searchable abstract database biocontrol news and information provides the latest information on important developments in all aspects of the use of living organisms to control  animal pests, weeds and plant diseases. 

CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia’s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. Their weed biocontrol overview is worth a look

A useful book is The Biological Control of Weeds Book  by Landcare research. You can access and download all of the chapters.

Links to more information on invasive species

CABI’s Invasive Species Compendium provides a link through to the latest CAB Abstracts data on invasive species, on an innovative web platform. The database contains around 1,500 species and is growing by the day.

Managed by the Invasive Species Specialist Group, the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD) aims to increase awareness about invasive alien species and to facilitate effective prevention and management activities. 

The Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) is a global network of scientific and policy experts on invasive species, organized under the auspices of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The Non-native Species Secretariat (NNSS)  website provides tools and information on invasive species.

The USA’s National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC) is a gateway to invasive species information; covering Federal, State, local and international sources.

Links to other useful information

The Wildlife and Countryside Act  of 1981 remains one of the most important pieces of wildlife legislation in Great Britain.