Himalayan balsam control project

Norfolk Non-native Species Initiative (NNSI) is working with CABI, an environmental research agency, to develop a management solution for Himalayan balsam. They are looking for participants to join them in a new Himalayan balsam biocontrol study. CABI has identified a species of rust fungus known to be a natural enemy to Himalayan balsam in its native range. The fungus underwent lengthy specificity testing within controlled laboratory conditions before it was approved for release in 2014. NNNSI and CABI are looking for 5 new test sites across Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex. They are hoping to release this new, much more effective strain of rust fungus to tackle Himalayan balsam in these areas. If you would like to take part in this study, please contact Dr Katy Owen, NNSI Direct dial 01603 222773 e-mail: katy.owen@norfolk.gov.uk