Who we are

The C·I·B is an inter-institutional Centre of Excellence established in 2004 within the DST-NRF Centres of Excellence Programme. Its members undertake research on the biodiversity consequences of biological invasions, largely through post-graduate student training. The principal aims of the Centre's work are to reduce the rates and impacts of biological invasions by furthering scientific understanding and predictive capability, and by developing research capacity.

The C·I·B has its physical home at the University of Stellenbosch, but comprises a network of senior researchers and their associated postdoctoral associates and graduate students throughout South Africa. Find out more about us.

Quest Special Issue

Quest Vol 11(2) Cover

The C·I·B has collaborated with Quest to produce a special issue of the magazine dedicated to biological invasions in South Africa. The articles in the special issue provide a rich overview of some of the exciting and important issues that are being addressing under the banner of “invasion science”.

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Highlighted Paper

C·I·B associates compile first worldwide survey of alien plants

Common sowthistle (Sonchus oleraceus)

Humans have been moving plants and animals around the world for many centuries. Some of these plants and animals often grow and adapt to their new environment, becoming naturalised species.

Published book

Front cover of Plant Invasions in Protected Areas: Patterns, Problems and Challenges

Plant Invasions in Protected Areas: Patterns, Problems and Challenges

by Llewellyn C. Foxcroft, Petr Pyšek, David M. Richardson and Piero Genovesi.

The topic of plant invasions in protected areas is dealt with comprehensively in a new book edited by researchers at the Centre for Invasion Biology (C·I·B), SANParks, the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Charles University in Prague and the IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group. The book provides a global review of all aspects of alien plant invasions in protected areas.

For Students

Photo: J. Shaw In support of our vision, we are offering bursaries to students who are studying towards an Honours, Masters or Doctoral degree in biodiversity, environmental sociology or invasion biology. Click on links to the left under “Student & Research support” to find out more about the support and bursaries that are on offer.


C·I·B's first decade

Read a short overview titled Invasion science for society: A decade of contributions from the Centre for Invasion Biology in South African Journal of Science (no subscription required)

05 October 2015

Normally, frogs eat small invertebrates that easily fit into their mouths, but studies of stomach contents have shown that they sometimes eat eggs, tadpoles and even adults of other frogs.

29 September 2015

A new study led by C·I·B associate Franz Essl (University of Vienna) and including several C·I·B researchers was published in the journal BioScience. Invasions of alien species begin with the human-assisted movement of living individuals or propagules across biogeographic barriers.

18 September 2015

Prevention of the introduction of new invasive species to a country is considered to be an effective measure against biological invasions. The growth of online sellers, however, makes the regulation of plant introductions much more challenging - a new plant is only a few clicks away and can be bought very easily.

14 September 2015

Information on how or why alien species arrive in a country can help prevent future introductions. Such information is usually stored in databases, and in many parts of the world, these databases are used for research and management.

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