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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’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 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, mean 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.

Contact us

Richard Shaw

Country Director CABI UK/ Regional Coordinator Invasives

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

T: +44 (0)1491 829025


Bakeham Ln, Englefield Green, Egham TW20 9TS, UK

T: ++44 (0)1491 829080

Centre staff

Pablo Gonzales Moreno

Senior Researcher, Invasives

Georgina Godwin-Keene

Environmental & Industrial Microbiologist

Nikolai Thom

Plant Production Manager

Phil Taylor

European support for Plantwise

Giovanni Cafà

Molecular Biologist

Georgina Watling

Bioservices Support Technician

Kate Pollard

Project Scientist

Suzy Wood

Scientific Support

Sonal Varia

Project Scientist

Lukasz Tymo

Business Development Manager

Emma Thompson

Centre Project Manager

Sarah Thomas

Plant Pathologist


Biocontrol of Water Framework Directive weeds

Since April 2011, the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has been funding specialist scientists to investigate the scope for using biological control for invasive, non-native aquatic and riverside weeds. The technique has the potential to play an important role in protecting aquatic and riparian (riverbank) habitats where chemical and mechanical control options are impractical or prohibitively expensive. This work helps meet EU Water Framework Directive requirements.

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