Global monitoring of biological invasions brought to the next level
The participants of the workshop in Leipzig in March 2015, including representatives from around the world and various institutions participating in initiatives related to the monitoring of biological invasion.

Global monitoring of biological invasions brought to the next level

What variables should be monitored to aid the management of invasive species? Applying the concept of essential biodiversity variables, a new study identified three essential variables for invasion monitoring; alien species occurrence, status and impact.

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Lost in translation? The need for standardised marine invasion terminology
The relationship between invasion biology terms (Graphic by Tammy Robinson)

Lost in translation? The need for standardised marine invasion terminology

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.

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Alien plant invasions as a threat to native plant species – Moving beyond a focus on EXTINCTIONS

Alien plants are widely recognised as a global threat to biodiversity. Many invasive plant species have transformed the structure and functioning of ecosystems. Although hundreds of alien plant species are widespread invaders, there are no documented examples of native plants that have gone extinct solely as a result of alien plants...

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Barriers to the management of Prosopis (mesquite), a widespread invasive tree

Species have been moved around the world for many reasons and have led to the rise of biological invasions which are a major driver of ecological and social change globally. One such species, Prosopis (mesquite), has been introduced to over 100 countries globally, both accidently and purposefully to act as an agroforestry tree.

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C·I·B workshop leads to special issue on insect invasions

The insects are a group that has been underrepresented in the field of invasion biology, despite their impacts on agricultural production (e.g. fruit flies), ecosystem disruptions (e.g. ants) and vectors of disease that affect human health (e.g. mosquitoes). Further, much of the theory of invasion biology has come from work focused on plant and vertebrate invasions.

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