Genetic data reveals characteristics of a widespread aquatic invader
C·I·B core team member, Olaf Weyl, and collaborator, John Hargrove, sampling Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) (Photo credit: Darragh Woodford)

Genetic data reveals characteristics of a widespread aquatic invader

Despite repeated introductions, existing populations of an invasive fish predator in South Africa display extremely limited levels of genetic diversity.

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Social-ecological impacts of two invasive plant species in eastern Africa
Lantana (Lantana camara) flowers and leaves; b) Lantana infestation in Kenya; c and d) Lantana invasions in Ethiopia; e and f) photosentsitivity in cattle that have ingested Lantana. (Photo credits: Arne de Witt, MD Day, Oueensland Department of Primary Industries)

Social-ecological impacts of two invasive plant species in eastern Africa

Findings from two recent papers by C·I·B postdoc, Ross Shackleton, highlight how the invasive plants prickly pear (Opuntia stricta) and Lantana (Lantana camara), cause negative impacts on local communities and the environment in Kenya and Uganda. 

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Book donation boosts Iimbovane ant project
Learners from Luhlaza Senior Secondary School using the donated books to identify ants at a recent Iimbovane workshop (Photo credit: Sophia Turner)

Book donation boosts Iimbovane ant project

The Iimbovane Outreach Project has received a generous donation of books, which will be used to help in the teaching of biodiversity science to the high school learners.

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C·I·B researchers assess the threat of alien plant species to the Serengeti

A recent study by C·I·B research fellow Dr Arne Witt and core team member Prof Brian van Wilgen, has found that over 50 alien plant species have established naturalised populations in the iconic Serengeti-Mara ecosystem in Kenya and Tanzania.

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Umuthi markets. Not safe from invaders…
Ewa Wojtasik visiting muthi traders at informal markets in Johannesburg and Durban (Photo credit: Ewa Wojtasik)

Umuthi markets. Not safe from invaders…

C·I·B core team member Marcus Byrne, along with University of Witwatersrand’s traditional medicine expert Vivienne Williams and student Ewa Wojtasik explored the viability of alien plants utilised in the South African umuthi trade and results of the study was published in the South African Journal of Botany.

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