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New paper and infographic: Himalayan balsam and its impact on UK invertebrates

Himalayan balsam - impact on UK invertebrates

 

Research by CABI scientists has shown local spider, true bug and beetle abundance are negatively affected by the presence of the invsive non-native weed, Himalayan balsam.

A paper by CABI scientists details the results and discusses the implications for habitat restoration.

 

Biological control of Himalayan balsam

Himalayan balsam has rapidly become one of the UK’s most invasive weed species. A lack of natural enemies allows it to successfully compete with native plants for space, light, nutrients and pollinators, reducing biodiversity and contributing to erosion. Traditional control methods are inadequate. This project involves identifying an insect or... >>