Consultation on the release of Puccinia komarovii var. glandulifera against Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)

Your views and associated supporting evidence are sought by Defra on the Pest Risk Assessment for Puccinia komarovii var. glanduliferae and the proposal to lift quarantine restrictions. Defra are also seeking your views on the utilisation of this pathogen (after rigorous safety testing) for the biocontrol of the highly invasive non-native plant, Himalayan balsam, (Impatiens glandulifera).

The exercise is being carried out in line with usual practice for consulting on risk assessments on new and revised plant health threats. Click on picture to go straight to the FERA document.

Please send responses by 16/06/2014 to Simon Mackown at: himalayanbalsambiocontrol@defra.gsi.gov.uk
Defra, Room 115, 2 The Square Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6EB, Tel: 01173723612

The closing date for the consultation is the 16/06/2014.

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