Warren, I've been wondering about that too. Once the quarantine order was lifted by the Minister, I know the rust was supposed to be released at c5 sites across the south of the UK, with the idea that we might start seeing preliminary results this year.In August last year Cabi, sponsored by the EA and DEFRA, released a fungus they brought from Nepal, to limit the growth of Himalayan Balsam in this country.
How's that going? Does anyone know?
Monnow catchment where we've spent 11,000 hours to bring it under control (so far!)
We are proving it's possible but I cannot realistically see many other catchments investing and committing to that degree.
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It went through absolutely masses of testing to confirm that it can only survive on Himalayan balsam.Always a bit wary about releasing a foreign "bug" to eat another foreign invasive species. What happens when that species has been dealt with, assuming it can be? Does the "bug" then start eating the next best thing on its list? Something that we would rather like to have around for instance?
Hi WarrenFor inhibiting balsam, I haven't yet found a replacement for hard work, nettle stings, sweat in the eyes, bramble cuts, twisted ankles and very long, long days on the strimmer, and I dont think this is it either.