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

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
29 July 2015

A mealybug (Delottococcus aberiae De Lotto) of southern African origin has recently been noticed in Spain where it causes severe distortions on young citrus fruit. Since the local natural enemies are ineffective in controlling the mealybug, farmers rely on chemicals to protect their fruit.

21 July 2015

Many invasive species provide both benefits and costs to society and the environment. These benefits include aesthetic values, but also provide resources such as timber, fuelwood, fodder and food.

13 July 2015

In a rapidly changing world, the ability to prevent invasions by intercepting foreign organisms or by implementing quarantine measures is critical. Few studies however investigate the effectiveness of such measures in preventing new or ongoing invasions.

06 July 2015

Next generation sequencing is set to revolutionise the way in which we approach many fields of genetics, including population genetics. Prof Ben Evans recently presented a hands-on workshop for those wishing to gain a basic understanding of reduced representation genome sequencing…

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Past C·I·B Events