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  • Psyllid Update Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

    Many of the articles written about the bio-control strategy being implemented by CABI* in the UK suggested that this was the end for Japanese Knotweed. The various newspaper and TV articles featured huge stands of knotweed and a typical tag line of ‘finally we have a weapon against this most aggressive invader…’

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  • Japanese Knotweed causes Global fart ... Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

    I remember reading an article about cows farting and causing carbon monoxide to deplete the ozone layer...(and thinking what a load of bullshit). The latest scare story is that now scientists are saying that invasive species such as Japanese Knotweed can cause release of carbon stored in soil into the atmosphere – resulting in unbalancing of the ecosystem.

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  • Volunteers....? Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

    Finally people are getting their heads round invasive non-native species, there is a glimmer of understanding amongst the general public and the profile of these problematic plants has been raised. We have had TV features and magazine reports and weekly editorials in the various newspapers all highlighting the issues and showing dramatic photographs.

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  • Bye, bye balsam...bye, bye Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

    As a boy I used to wander along the local rivers in Glossop, fishing for the trout that had escaped from the managed ponds upstream, whilst casually flicking the seed pods form the purple flowered plants that I walked through, having no idea that I was encouraging the spread of (what I later realised was ) ...Himalayan balsam.

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