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Managing invasive rubbervine in Brazil
Rubbervine, Cryptostegia madagascariensis (common name: devil’s claw) is a serious invasive weed. Hailing from Madagascar, it was introduced to Brazil as an ornamental plant but has since invaded the semi-arid northeastern region of the country, especially the unique Caatinga ecosystem. Rubbervine...
Controlling pest pear in Laikipia
Communities in northern Kenya are heavily dependent on livestock. In this semi-arid region, pastoralists rely on cattle, goats and sheep as a source of income and struggle with frequent drought and poor pasture. A non-native cactus, Opuntia stricta, has invaded the limited amount of good grazing...
Action on Invasives
Increased global trade has an unfortunate side effect – the rapid spread of invasive species. Imported plants, insects and pathogens can all have an adverse impact on human, animal, agricultural and environmental health.  Invasive species are estimated to cost the global economy over US$1.4...
Invasive species data
Invasive species are the biggest driving force of species extinction after habitat loss, overexploitation and pollution. Currently there is little easily accessible knowledge on the role of invasive species and their management in order to prevent or slow the decline of species. Taking the USA as...
Managing invasive species in selected forest ecosystems of South East Asia
Invasive alien species (IAS) are, after habitat destruction, the second biggest threat to biodiversity worldwide. Invasive alien species are significantly affecting local and global biodiversity in South East Asia, invading and threatening forest habitats and the species that live in them. They are...
Controlling wild ginger
Many species in the Zingiberaceae family have been widely used throughout history. Root ginger for instance, has been cultivated across Asia both for its medicinal and its culinary properties. The genus Hedychium however has long been used as an ornamental plant due to its heady perfume and...
Biological control of Himalayan balsam
Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) has rapidly become one of the UK's most invasive weed species, colonising river banks, waste ground and damp woodlands. It successfully competes with native plant species for space, light, nutrients and pollinators, and excludes other plant growth, thereby...
Finding a biocontrol for Himalayan raspberry
Rubus ellipticus var. obcordatus, or yellow Himalayan raspberry, is regarded as one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species and is a major threat to native Hawaiian forests. A single plant can grow into a 4m tall impenetrable thicket, with its main stem exceeding 10cm thick. Its prickles and...
Controlling floating pennywort in a safe and sustainable way
Floating pennywort, Hydrocotyle ranunculoides, is a strong contender for the title of worst aquatic weed in the UK. Originating from Central and South America, the plant arrived in the UK in the late 1980's as an oxygenating ornamental plant for the aquatic trade. It didn't take long however, for...
Strengthening agro-ecosystem health and building resilience in Climate Smart Villages
The impact of significant outbreaks of pests and diseases on farmers’ livelihoods and the important links to food security is widely accepted. Baseline surveys conducted in the three ‘climate smart villages’ (Tra Hat, Vietnam, Rohal Soung, Cambodia and Ekxang, Laos) highlighted the importance of...