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.

Highlighted Paper

Comparing impacts of alien plants and animals using a standard scoring system

Lantana is poisonous to humans and animals, and responsible for livestock losses in South Africa.

Knowing which species to manage amongst all the species introduced outside of their native ranges is a huge challenge. Many factors play a role in the decision making process, one of the most important ones being whether or not the alien species causes harm to native ecosystems and species, or damages the economy. However comparing impacts between species with very different life histories, such as harlequin ladybirds, prickly pear cactus and common myna, is not a straightforward task.

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.

Events

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)

News
19 May 2015

Making decisions about the clearing of invasive alien plants is not an easy process. Despite a plethora of academic literature and practical examples, managers continue to rely on experience and anecdotes instead of using scientific findings

13 May 2015

The alien barnacle Balanus glandula has been rapidly spreading down the South African west coast and recently moved east around Cape Point. This left researchers wondering how it is able to spread so far and why it is spreading so fast.

05 May 2015

A new study led by C·I·B associate Franz Essl (University of Vienna) and published in Ecography provides the first comprehensive assessment of the environmental and anthropogenic (caused or produced by humans) factors driving bryophyte invasions worldwide.

29 April 2015

The water fern (Salvinia molesta) is an aggressive invader of freshwater systems where it affects the services that these ecosystems deliver. Fortunately, the use of a natural enemy of the water fern (a biological control agent), the weevil (Cyrtobagous salviniae) has been highly successful in many countries…

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Read a review of the book by James A Drake et al. in Biological Invasions

Past C·I·B Events