I started working at CABI in 2011 for my PhD research. For this I investigated potential invasion mechanisms of oxeye daisy, an invasive species in North America. Since then I have also been working on the biological control of oxeye daisy and more recently of common tansy and perennial pepperweed. Besides field work in their native range Europe and Asia, this includes studies on the host-range and impact on the target weed of several potential biological control agents.
CABI’s Swiss centre carries out applied scientific research and undertakes consultancy projects. Located in Delémont in the Canton of Jura, it is the home base for experts and students from several different countries where they research and apply their knowledge.
Common tansy is an aromatic Eurasian plant species with a long history of use as a medicinal herb. Introduced for this purpose to North America, it has since become invasive. One reason for this could be the absence of the natural enemies that keep it in check in its area of origin. CABI has been tasked with identifying specialist natural enemies from Eurasia that can be introduced into North America as biological control agents.