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1 December 2017 | By Ana Novoa

In November 2017, the Centre for Invasion Biology (C·I·B) hosted an international workshop on “Invasion Syndromes”. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of identifying invasion syndromes when studying and managing biological invasions.

In 2013, C·I·B Associates Christoph Kueffer and Petr Pyšek, together with C·I·B director Dave Richardson, defined invasion syndromes as “typical recurrent associations of species biology and invasion dynamics with particular invasion contexts such as an invasion stage, invaded habitat and/or socioeconomic context”. Four years later, a diverse team of 16 scientists from South Africa and 15 from other countries (including Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, UK and USA) came together to further define and identify invasion syndromes, and to discuss how these may allow invasion scientists, managers and policy makers to account for context dependence and therefore achieve better understanding and prediction for science and management.

Participants at the international workshop on “Invasion Syndromes”
Participants at the international workshop on “Invasion Syndromes”, held on 6-8 November 2017 in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

The workshop was organised by Ana Novoa (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic), with help from C·I·B Core Team and Staff members Lorraine Cilliers, John Wilson and Dave Richardson. Funding was provided by the C·I·B.

Read more about “Invasion Syndromes”

Kueffer, C., Pyšek, P. and Richardson, D.M., 2013. Integrative invasion science: model systems, multi‐site studies, focused meta‐analysis and invasion syndromes. New Phytologist, 200(3), pp.615-633.

For more information, contact Ana at novoa.perez.ana@gmail.com