Rust Fungus opening the doors for biological control in the future

Himalayan Balsam
Himalayan Balsam

Pioneering research carried out by CABI scientists in collaboration with Royal Holloway and the University of Reading is looking to enhance the effectiveness of the biological control of invasive species. The team is using rust fungus (Puccinia komarovii var. glanduliferae) to control the invasive species, Himalayan balsam (impatients gladulifera), and developing ways in which this approach could be replicated for other invasive plant species.

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