I manage the team that develops, maintains and updates the CABI Compendium. This knowledgebase collates information on environmental and agricultural, production, health and biosecurity. Through intelligent data management, linkage and user interfaces the CABI Compendium offers knowledge, problem solving and decision-support. I’ve worked at CABI since 1996, starting in the CAB Abstracts Animal Health Team as a parasitology specialist, and joined the Compendium Team in 2000.
Invasive plant pathogens represent a threat to US agriculture, forestry and the environment. Accurate information on these pathogens is required to help prevent their introduction and spread. The Plant Pathogens Subcommittee of the US Federal Interagency Committee on Invasive Terrestrial Animals and Pathogens (ITAP) has identified the worst plant pathogen threats to the USA. CABI is commissioning the compilation of data on these plant pathogens to be published as full datasheets in the Invasive Species Compendium [www.cabi.org/isc] (an open access global resource currently containing over 10,000 datasheets).
Invasive species are causing species extinction. We are trying to address this problem by providing sound scientific information that will be used by endangered species managers to improve their efforts to recover listed and candidate species affected by invasive species. The information will also be used by invasive species managers to control invasive species that are causing species extinction in the USA.