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Pablo González-Moreno Senior Researcher, Invasives

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CABI, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey, TW209TY, United Kingdom


PhD in Environmental Studies; Msc in Forest and Nature Conservation

I am broadly interested in understanding biodiversity patterns at large scales and I particularly focus on its use for conservation and sustainable natural resource management. My research has focused on two main topics: plant invasion ecology and risk analyses and long-term biodiversity monitoring. At CABI I cirrently coordinate the biological control project of the invasive plant Fallopia japonica (Japanese knotweed). We aim to deliver a sound scientifically driven release programme of Aphalara itadori (the control agent) in order to reduce the impact and spread of this weed. I am also involved in other CABI projects (such Plantwise) where I provide data analyses support and advice.


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PRISE: a Pest Risk Information SErvice

Pests can decimate crops and are estimated to cause around a 40% loss. These insects, mites and plant pathogens can impact on food security and impede supply chains and international trade. A Pest Risk Information SErvice (PRISE) aims to solve this problem by using data to help farmers manage pests in up...
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Controlling earwigs in the Falklands

The European earwig has become a considerable domestic and public nuisance in the Falkland Islands, causing significant problems for local horticulture by decimating many garden vegetable crops. This population explosion is due to the absence of natural enemies that would normally keep them under control. To...
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Establishing the psyllid: field studies for the biological control of Japanese knotweed

Japanese knotweed is highly damaging. It spreads extremely quickly, preventing native vegetation from growing and has significant impacts on infrastructure. Current control methods rely mainly on chemicals. Research however has identified a tiny psyllid from Japan as a suitable and safe agent to control...
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Unknotting Canada's knotweed problem

Originally from Japan, Japanese knotweed is a fast-growing plant species that is causing a great deal of damage in Europe and North America. This herbaceous plant forms dense, impenetrable thickets and its impacts are varied. Our scientists have already carried out a considerable amount of research in Europe...
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Remote sensing use for mapping Parthenium in Pakistan

It is projected that food demand will more than double by 2050 due to climate changes. Food security in Pakistan is particularly reliant on its ability to produce wheat and rice, however, an invasive species of weed, the "Famine Weed" (Parthenium hysterophorus), has been identified as a critical threat to...
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Earth Observation forecasting for crop pests and diseases in China

Forecasting and monitoring insect pests and disease outbreaks is vital for protecting China’s economically important agricultural sector. By combining information gathered from Earth Observation and environmental data, CABI and partners will design innovative data products and communications tools to help...