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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

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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

Lost in translation? The need for standardised marine invasion terminology

The relationship between invasion biology terms

Invasion biology as a field has been plagued by the use of confusing terms and definitions. South African marine invasion biology has not been untouched by this peculiarity. While this may at first seems like an academic problem with little real-world relevance, the reality could not be further from the truth.

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 Sponsored Events

Biological Invasion-Related 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)

19 September 2016

A recent paper by former C·I·B student Dr Ony Minoarivelo and C·I·B core team member Prof Cang Hui explored the features of alien species and invaded ecosystems that may influence the success of alien species.

12 September 2016

A study by C·I·B core team member Stefan Foord and co-author, Ansie Dippenaar-Schoeman (Agricultural Research Council) points to the remarkable ability of spiders to respond to changes in the environment.

05 September 2016

The ability of an invasive barnacle to use available food resources shows likely spread along the South coast of South Africa. These findings come from work by Haley Pope (former C·I·B student) and Tammy Robinson and Mhairi Alexander of the C·I·B.

29 August 2016

Water stress and shade may limit the potential of one of the world’s most widespread invasive alien tree species, the Australian pine tree (Casuarina equisetifolia L.) to spread on sandy coastal plains of Brazil.

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