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Urs Schaffner Head Ecosystems Management

T: +41 (0)32 4214877


Rue des Grillons 1 CH-2800 Delémont, Switzerland

I am the head of the “Ecosystem Management” section at CABI Europe-Switzerland. Projects in the “Ecosystem Management” section deal with grassland ecology and management, environmental impact of invasive species, evolutionary ecology of invasive species, and regulation of non-native species in Switzerland and the European Union. I also work in various projects in the “Biological Control of Weeds” section, which includes field work in Asia (Turkey, Iran, Uzbekistan) and close collaboration with weed managers and scientists in North America

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Controlling the noxious Russian knapweed in North America

Although native to Asia, Russian knapweed was accidentally introduced to North America over 100 years ago and is now causing untold problems across many states. Some decades ago, a nematode species was used in an effort to control the plant but it proved ineffective. Funded by a US and Canadian consortium...
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Woody weeds in East Africa

Many exotic trees and shrubs have been introduced into Africa and become destructive invasive species. They're reducing native biodiversity and limiting the livelihoods of those that live in rural communities. CABI is trying to mitigate these impacts in East Africa by generating and sharing knowledge on...
Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

Stemming the spread of Russian olive

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia) is a significant invasive weed in North America. It is especially a problem in western parts of USA where it affects many types of natural habitats; altering the ecosystem and its functions. As experts in classical biological weed control, CABI scientists have been...