How network theory can help understand and predict biological invasions

Understanding and predicting biological invasions is challenging because of the large number and complexity of interacting players. A recent study by a team of international researchers, including former C·I·B post-doctoral associate Wolf-Christian Saul, reviews the findings from network ecology...

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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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Identifying a successful invader in mutualistic communities
A mutualistic interaction between the European honey bee (Apis mellifera) and a flowering plant. The honey bee uses its proboscis to extract nectar and in doing so ensures the pollination of the flowers. (Photo credit: By Jon Sullivan via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Honeybee_apis_mellifera.jpg#/media/File:Honeybee_apis_mellifera.jpg)

Identifying a successful invader in mutualistic communities

A recent paper by former C·I·B student Dr Ony Minoarivelo and C·I·B core team member Prof Cang Hui explored the features of alien species and invaded ecosystems that may influence the success of alien species.

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Defining the invasiveness and invisibility in ecological networks
The invasive harlequin ladybird, Harmonia axyridis (Photo credit: Wikimedia commons)

Defining the invasiveness and invisibility in ecological networks

A recent paper by a group of researchers, led by C·I·B core team member Prof Cang Hui, proposed a framework to help explain why some invasive alien species are so successful in invading the new areas, while it is not so easy for others.

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