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

C·I·B host international workshop on Invasion Syndromes

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.

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Being mycorrhizal is important for the persistence and spread of alien plants
Canadian poplar (Populus Canadensis) was one of the alien tree species considered in the study. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons)

Being mycorrhizal is important for the persistence and spread of alien plants

A “mycorrhiza” is a relationship between a fungus and the roots of a plant. The fungus lives inside the plant roots, and increases the roots’ efficiency in absorbing nutrients from the soil. In such a relationship, both the plants and the fungi, are said to be mycorrhizal and this relationship between plant roots and its associated fungi (“mycorrhizal fungi”) is, amongst other things, important for plant growth.

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And a river runs through it

What would researchers at the Centre for Invasion Biology and students of the UCT’s new Environmental Humanities MPhil course have to say to each other?

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Human population density explains alien species richness in protected areas

Protected areas are increasingly important in the maintenance of species, ecosystems and the services they provide; at the same time, however, invasions by alien species are accelerating, undermining the conservation value of protected areas and preventing them from achieving their goals. If the invasion of alien species into protected areas is to be prevented, or at least minimised, then a detailed understanding of their drivers is required.

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