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Centre for Invasion Biology

Reducing the rate and impacts of biological invasions

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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

The Centre for Invasion Biology (C·I·B) is an academic and research entity of the Stellenbosch University (SU) and resides in the SU School for Climate Studies. The principal aims of the C·I·B’s work are to provide the scientific understanding and predictive capability to reduce the rates and impacts of biological invasions and by developing research capacity through post-graduate student training. The C·I·B’s activities are significantly interdisciplinary in nature, and it aims to enhance its activities and contribution within Africa, especially through scientific risk assessment in national and multi-lateral forums and global scientific and policy bodies, advancing technical guidance, and implementation of response actions. 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.

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In Memory – Stefan Foord

In Memory - Stefan Foord

The 400-year-old story of oaks: from cultural icons to invaders and victims

CIB study traces the history of the introduction of the genus Quercus into South Africa, as well as its current status and the factors that are changing its distribution across our landscapes.

Eminent SU scientist among world most cited researchers

Prof Richardson among world most cited researchers

Implications of water turbidity on biological control of water hyacinth

A recent study revealed that high levels water turbidity levels negatively affected the development, survival and establishment of the water hyacinth weevils.

Biodiversity of natural forests key to buffer severity of non-native tree invasions

A study, co-authored by CIB Core Team member Prof Cang Hui, has found that the native biodiversity of natural forests largely buffers the severity of non-native tree invasions.

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.

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What if we told people which aliens they CAN use?

What if we told people which aliens they CAN use?

CIB study discusses the use of safe lists in the management of biological invasions.