I joined CABI in 1997, after jobs in the university library in York and cataloguing film at the BBC Natural History Unit. I am part of the Human Sciences team where I am responsible for CABI’s database coverage and abstract journals on parasitology and medical/veterinary entomology and mycology, as well as the sugar industry. I also spend a significant part of my time on the Invasive Species Compendium, and have worked on the CAB Thesaurus – our controlled vocabulary of indexing terms – and the Research4Development database.
Invasive plant pathogens represent a threat to US agriculture, forestry and the environment. Accurate information on these pathogens is required to help prevent their introduction and spread. The Plant Pathogens Subcommittee of the US Federal Interagency Committee on Invasive Terrestrial Animals and Pathogens (ITAP) has identified the worst plant pathogen threats to the USA. CABI is commissioning the compilation of data on these plant pathogens to be published as full datasheets in the Invasive Species Compendium [www.cabi.org/isc] (an open access global resource currently containing over 10,000 datasheets).
Invasive species are causing species extinction. We are trying to address this problem by providing sound scientific information that will be used by endangered species managers to improve their efforts to recover listed and candidate species affected by invasive species. The information will also be used by invasive species managers to control invasive species that are causing species extinction in the USA.