Guava (Psidium guajava L.) an invasive alien tree species that is widely distributed in Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, Limpopo Province of South Africa, where it has both benefits and costs. (Photo credit: Sheunesu Ruwanza)
A new study by C∙I∙B Core Team member Sheunesu Ruwanza and co-author Gladman Thondhlana assessed the perceptions, knowledge, and uses of guava to rural communities in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, South Africa.
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25 April 2022
A garden with prickly pear (important for fruit fodder and hedging, but a health hazard, a pepper tree (important for shade and medicinal purposes), and syringa (important for shade but a health threat and a “messy” tree). (Photo credit: Ross Shackleton)
Understanding the trade-offs of invasive alien species for people’s livelihoods and the environment is becoming more prominent to help guide management and to avoid conflicts. One way of framing these benefits and costs are as ecosystem services and disservices.
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4 February 2019
The figure shows overall priority areas for the management of invasive alien plants across the City of Cape Town, South Africa.