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Scientists at our centre in Egham carry out scientific research, international development projects and microbial services. Over the years its work has supported hundreds of projects and reached thousands of farmers in countries across the world. CABI also has a corporate office in Wallingford.

About

CABI’s science centre at Egham was established in 1992, but CABI has had a scientific base in the UK since its very beginning. Over the years its work has supported hundreds of CABI projects and reached thousands of farmers in countries across the world. Much of the team’s current work is for national government departments, in particular Defra and DfID.

The centre, managed by Dick Shaw, CABI’s Senior Regional Director, Europe and The Americas, operates across the globe providing support on a range of topics, including invasive species, pests and diseases, knowledge management and commodities.

Its scope is extensive – it carries out around 70 projects each year, which range from working to identify nematodes that are new to science in Chile, to seeking natural enemies for Europe and North America’s most invasive weeds.

With over 75 staff, a growing team of scientists carries out applied scientific research to find safe and sustainable solutions to problems in agriculture and the environment. An array of labs, glasshouses, poly tunnels and two level 2 quarantine suites with eight climate-controlled chambers, means the centre is perfectly equipped to work with almost any organism in the world, in ideal conditions.

The centre is also home to CABI’s Microbial services team. The team’s specialist staff provide microbial expertise, with particular emphasis on agricultural and biotechnological applications. Services provided include microbial identification, culture sales and deposit, environmental and industrial investigation, contract research and provision of publications and training. The team’s work is supported by the Genetic Resource collection on site, which holds cultures of 28,000 living micro-organisms.

The centre collaborates extensively with both public and private sector organizations, NGOs, universities, governments and many more, in order to work in the most effective and sustainable way.

Corporate office

CABI’s corporate office is home to over 140 staff working in Publishing, Sales and Customer Service, IT, Marketing, Finance, Project Development and Digital Development.

Contact us

CABI, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9TY, UK

T: +44 (0) 1491 829080

Centre staff

Lisa Offord

Bacteria and Yeast Specialist

Djamila Djeddour

Weed Biocontrol Scientist

Sonal Varia

Project Scientist

Mariam Kadzamira

Senior Researcher, Agribusiness

David Smith

Director, Biological Resources

Nikolai Thom

Plant Production Manager

Alan Buddie

Microbiology Research Leader

Suzy Wood

Scientific Support

Matthew Cock

Chief Scientist

Marion Seier

Senior Plant Pathologist; Team Leader - Invasive Species, UK

Daisuke Kurose

Project Scientist, Plant Pathologist

Bryony Taylor

Digital Development Coordinator, Modelling and Data Science

Centre News & Blogs

Invasive Blog

Ruffling parrot’s feathers: the biological control of Myriophyllum aquaticum

30th May 2022
Invasive Blog

5 UK invasive species and their impact on native wildlife

19th May 2022
Invasive Blog

DNA from thin air: could invasive species be monitored using airborne DNA?

21st January 2022
Invasive Blog

Insect heroes fighting invasive species

21st June 2021

Documents

Progress report: UK weed biocontrol projects - November 2021

This is the fourteenth in a series of annual summary notes on progress made on UK weed biocontrol projects and covers the time frame from April 2021 to the end of November 2021.

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Progress report: UK weed biocontrol projects - March 2021

This is the thirteenth in a series of annual summary notes on progress made on UK weed biocontrol projects and covers the time frame from February 2020 to the end of March 2021.

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Progress report: UK weed biocontrol projects - 2020

This is the eleventh in a series of annual summary notes on progress made on UK weed biocontrol projects and covers the time frame to the end of January 2020.

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Related projects

CABI Project
Evaluation of fungal pathogens for biocontrol of cat’s claw creeper

Cat’s claw creeper is a vigorous vine native to tropical Central America and northern South America. Introduced into Australia for ornamental purposes, this troublesome liana escaped cultivation and is now regarded as a significant environmental weed.

Start:31/05/18 -End:30/06/21