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

Improving pastures for the livestock industry poses major weed threat

Pathways: problems and solutions

The new approach of ‘sustainable intensification’ in the livestock industry aims to increase food production from existing farmland while minimising pressure on the environment. While beneficial in many respects, this approach poses a major environmental risk, since many newly developed pasture plants pose a high risk of becoming invasive.

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)

11 November 2014

C·I·B post-doctoral fellow, Dr Shelley Edwards, is a co-author on a recently published study looking at links between the chemical communication system of lizards and their environment.

03 November 2014

C·I·B alumnus James Rodger is a co-author on a recently published study that traces the invasion history of fire weed (Senecio madagascariensis) in Australia, using DNA from herbarium specimens dating back to its introduction, as well as present-day collections.

28 October 2014

Nature provides us with benefits such as fresh water, food, climate regulation, nutrient recycling and a sense of place. These benefits, also known as “ecosystem services”, are critical for our well-being and underpin any future development.

20 October 2014

Researchers at the Centre for Invasion Biology (C·I·B) are among the contributors to a new academic textbook that examines what will happen to invasive species with current and expected man-made climate change.

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

Past C·I·B Events