[Press & Publications] KNOTTY PROBLEM WITH WEEDS

October 1999

University Research Looks at the Roots of the Problem with Japanese Knotweed

Japanese knotweed is once again in the news, featured on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme as the scourge of Swansea and South Wales.

You may like to know that the University of Leicester has experts studying the plant. Dr John Bailey and Ms Catherine Pashley, from the Department of Biology at the University, have just returned from a trip to Japan, hunting down the origin of the knotweed clone which is plaguing Britain.

This will then enable them to develop biological control programmes that can use natural predators to destroy the weed, avoiding excessive use of herbicides.

Further information is available from Dr John Bailey, Department of Biology, University of Leicester, telephone (0116) 252 3386.

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