On 15th September 2020 at the Neobiota conference, the Environmental Impact Classification for Alien Taxa - EICAT for short - was officially launched as a new Standard of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Even though snails and slugs (gastropods) are some well-known agricultural pests, environmental systems are more vulnerable to alien gastropod impacts. A recent study by C·I·B Hons student, David Kesner and C·I·B Core Team Member, Dr Sabrina Kumschick, at Stellenbosch University on this topic was published in the journal Ecology and Evolution.
Feral mammals impact the recipient environments in various and often devastating ways. The finding was the result of a study by former C·I·B Hons student Bianca Hagen and C·I·B core team member Dr Sabrina Kumschick at Stellenbosch University. The study, which was published in NeoBiota, classified impacts using three scoring schemes.