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Centre for Invasion Biology

Reducing the rate and impacts of biological invasions

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Promoted book
Plant Invasions: The Role of Biotic Interactions
Plant Invasions: The Role of Biotic Interactions

The CABI-published book is the first to focus on the key role of species interactions in mediating invasions.

Plant Invasions: The Role of Biotic Interactions

We are the Centre for Invasion Biology

The C·I·B is an inter-institutional Centre of Excellence established in 2004 within the DSI-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. Find out more about us.

Our Research

We investigate how biological diversity is altered by invasive plants and animals, and the effects these have on the functioning of ecosystems and the services they deliver.

For Students

In support of our vision, we train and guide students who are studying towards an Honours, Masters or Doctoral degree in biodiversity, environmental sociology or invasion biology.

Latest News

C·I·B researcher awarded NRF Lifetime Achievement Award

C·I·B Core Team member, Brian van Wilgen, was recently awarded the National Research Foundation’s (NRF) Lifetime Achievement Award for his research contributions in the fields of ecology and biological invasions.

Mapping of street trees help city prioritizes areas for greening

A study by Prof Solomon Newete and colleagues from the C∙I∙B and the Agricultural Research Council will help the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality to address the disparity in the urban green structure between the City’s poor and affluent suburbs.

How a parasite can show us the movement of its frog host

A study by former C∙I∙B student, Anneke Lincoln Schoeman, showed that genetic data from parasites can act as tags, revealing the translocation of their hosts.

Study assesses fleshy-fruited alien plants invading KwaZulu-Natal coastal forests

A study by PhD student, Nasiphi Bitani and C∙I∙B Core Team member Prof Colleen Downs assessed the impacts of fleshy-fruited alien plants invading KwaZulu-Natal coastal forests.

When should helicopters be used to clear Pines?

A study by former C∙I∙B student Kyle Boast, and supervisors, Willem de Lange and Theo Kleynhans assessed the trade-offs when comparing helicopters with two alternative ground-based methods for clearing invasive alien trees to find out under which circumstances the higher cost of helicopters are justified.

Invasion biology is the study of both the species that become invasive in a system and their impacts on the system they have invaded, as well as the remediation of such invasions.

Latest Highlighted Paper

Consensus and controversy in the discipline of invasion science

Consensus and controversy in the discipline of invasion science

Do controversies divide the field of invasion science? A new study finds that consensus among invasion science experts is generally high, however, some topics still generate debate.