Used as an effective method of controlling invasive species, biological control (or biocontrol) is the term given to the use of living organisms for controlling pests and invasive species. It can provide an effective, environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient way of controlling pest populations, helping to restore crop yields and farmer’s profits. However a recent study, focussing […]

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CABI experts in the field of classical biological control are leading the fight to manage one of the UK’s most invasive weeds – Himalayan balsam – thanks to the nationwide release of the rust fungus Puccinia komarovii var. glanduliferae. Dr Carol Ellison, who has over 30 years’ experience of the biological control of weeds using […]

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A report from Loop Jamaica. Scientists are concerned that a mosquito-borne disease transmitted from animals to humans could spread throughout the Caribbean after it was found to be present in Haiti. A release said Madariaga virus (MADV), or South American eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV), has, until now, been found primarily in animals of South and […]

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