English (en) | Change Language

CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International) is an international not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.

Has as its mission to help improve human welfare worldwide through the dissemination, application and generation of scientific knowledge in support of sustainable development, with emphasis on agriculture, forestry, human health and the management of natural resources. CAB International, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8DE, UK; Tel: +44 1491 832111; Fax: +44 1491 833508; Email: cabi@cabi.org.

Our approach involves putting information, skills and tools into people's hands. CABI's 48 member countries guide and influence our work which is delivered by scientific staff based in our global network of centres.



  1. CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International) is an international not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. Has as its mission to help improve...
  2. Android Welcome to the Fertilizer Optimizer app! This app will assist you in using fertilizer more efficiently to optimize your fertilizer investments. The app will ask you for information on crops grown, area planted, expected crop sale prices, fertilizers costs and the budget you have to invest...
  3. CABI Open Books publishes a wide selection of open access books across various disciplines. All CABI Open Books are listed in theDirectory of Open Access Books (DOAB).
  4. The PestSmart Diagnostics package focuses specifically on the skills and methodologies required for field-based diagnosis. It helps plant health practitioners and students to develop and improve their ability to recognise symptoms, relate them to causes, and to identify what is causing the...
  5. Android iOS Wherever you are, browse your library of clear, practical and safe advice for tackling crop problems. Download factsheets for your country* and use them anytime, on or offline. Plantwise is a global programme, led by CABI, to increase food security and improve rural livelihoods by...
  6. SciDev.Netis the world’s leading source of reliable and authoritative news, views and analysis about science and technology for global development. Our mission is to use independent journalism to help individuals and organisations apply science to decision-making in order to drive equitable,...
  7. The natural distribution of M. azedarach is uncertain but is thought to be native to Asia probably from Baluchistan, (Pakistan) and Kashmir (India and Pakistan) (Troup, 1921;National Academy of Sciences, 1983), but has long been cultivated throughout the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and...
  8. We are focused on providing the best user experience we can, helping you to discover answers to your inquiries quickly, effectively and precisely. We have a range of content on thePlantwise Knowledge Bank, including, posters, leaflets, video factsheets, etc. For ease of use, we have categorised...
  9. S. asiaticais a hemiparasitic plant, native to Africa and Asia. In common with most other parasitic weeds, it is not especially invasive in natural vegetation, but is much feared in crop land where infestations can build up to ruinous levels, especially with repeated growing of susceptible cereal...
  10. Helopeltis theivora (tea mosquito bug) Datasheets and Additional Resources
  11. Estimates of crop loss attributed to damage by Helopeltis spp. are variable and depend on factors such as agricultural practices, control methods, locality, climate, and the plant and insect species involved. Before the use of modern chemical insecticides, crop losses on tea plantations in India...
  12. Partheniumhysterophorusis an annual herb that aggressively colonizes disturbed sites.It is considered as one of the ‘100 most invasive species in the world’ by the IUCN (GISD, 2018). Native to the New World, it has been accidentally introduced into several countries and has become a serious...
  13. Plantwise is a global programme led byCABI, which works to help farmers lose less of what they grow to plant health problems. Working closely with national agricultural advisory services we establish and support sustainable networks ofplant clinics, run bytrained plant doctors, where farmers can...
  14. CABI is a leading provider of microbial services. We specialize in microbial identification and verification, and provide professional microbiology services in support of industry, academia and agriculture. Our team of scientists includes mycologists, molecular biologists, bacteriologists,...
  15. Bauhinia tomentosais a fast-growing shrub or small tree that has been introduced outside its native range to be used principally as an ornamental (USDA-ARS, 2015). It has escaped from cultivation and successfully established in a wide variety of habitats such as disturbed sites, roadsides,...
  16. E. uniflorais a South American tree, widely introduced for its valuable fruit and as an ornamental plant, adaptable, fast growing, especially in rich, well-drained soils, forming dense thickets that crowd out native regeneration. Seeds in the sweet and attractive fruit are spread by birds and...
  17. C. nardusis native to southeast Asia and grown commercially in Sri Lanka, India, Burma, Indonesia and Java. It is widely naturalized in tropical Asia and grown as an ornamental in South Florida and southern California (Floridata,2014). Its native status in Africa is disputed (eMonocot, 2013;...
  18. A small to medium tree growing up to 15 m,M. albahas a short trunk, and a rounded crown with a dense canopy of spreading branches. Leaves are alternate, simple, 6-18 cm long, 5-13 cm wide, broadly ovate, dentate or lobed with 3 prominent veins running from the rounded or obliquely cordate base....
  19. We are focused on providing the best user experience we can, helping you to discover answers to your inquiries quickly, effectively and precisely. We have a range of content on the Plantwise Knowledge Bank, including, posters, leaflets, video factsheets, etc. For ease of use, we have categorised...
  20. 2013-01-20 Invasive Alien Species (IAS) pose one of the most significant threats to biodiversity, agriculture, sustainable economic development and human and animal health on this planet. As a result of increased global trade and travel, invasive species have established themselves on every continent – not...
  21. Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide The Invasive Species Compendium (ISC)is an encyclopedic resource that brings together a wide range of different types of science-based information to support decision-making in invasive species management...
  22. This is a power search of invasive species datasheets. Lists of datasheets can be retrieved by filtering on taxonomy, risk and impact factors and pathways of introduction.
  23. Key Resource 1998-05-01 A wide variety of fruits is grown in the tropics, under a range of climatic conditions and soil types. Some have been widely used both within the tropics and also exported to temperate countries for many years, whereas others are currently grown almost exclusively for local or regional use....
  24. CABI Invasive Species Compendium T. catappais a perennial tree species that has been extensively introduced into littoral habitats, coastal forests, gardens and parks to be used as an ornamental, shade tree, and sand-dune stabilizer (Orwa et al., 2009;ISSG, 2017). This species has become of the...
  25. 2007-01-01 Following several decades of popularity after the Second World War, the use of synthetic herbicides is now experiencing a backlash within the agriculture industry. The increase in organic farming and concerns about potential negative effects on human health and the environment is creating a...
  26. 1991-01-01 Soil fertility is the overriding constraint to food production in the tropics, and yet in many developing countries fertilizers are unavailable or beyond the reach of subsistence farmers. The biological fixation of atmospheric nitrogen is the only way that plants can manufacture their own...