This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project titles: R8228: Classical biological control of
Mikania micrantha with Puccinia spegazzinii: Implementation Phase and
R8502: Promotion of Weed Biocontrol in Asia: the Mikania micrantha
A rust fungus collected in Trinidad and Peru is helping to control
Mikania micrantha in southwest and northeast India. Previously, this
invasive ('mile-a-minute') weed smothered vegetation over vast areas
of tropical forests. Smallholder farmers can now fight back using
biological control methods. The Indian Government provided a national
framework for the project and sponsored public awareness activities to
promote understanding of the control technology. Indian scientists and
extension workers received training and are now undertaking on-going
monitoring programmes. The rust fungus is being mass-produced in
specially built facilities for wide release on the continent. Scientists
in China, Fiji, Taiwan and Papua New Guinea are also using the
technique, and many other countries have expressed interest.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (12 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP06, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 55.