Academic Papers

These are academic papers relating to invasive species in South Africa. They include current research and projects such as biological control, invasive species traits, invasion biology and the detrimental effects invasive species have on biodiversity, water resources and the economy. They are listed according to year in which they were published.

2016

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Invasive estuarine grass

The invasive estuarine grass Spartina alterniflora was first detected in the Great Brak Estuary in 2004. Using herbicide treatment, this invasive grass has almost been eliminated from the estuary.

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A global assessment of alien amphibian impacts in a formal framework

The aim of this study is to score impacts of all known alien amphibians, compare them to other taxonomic groups and determine the magnitude of their ecological and socio-economic impacts and how these scores relate to key traits.

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Measey et al 2016 Diversity and Distributions

The aim of this study is to score impacts of all known alien amphibians, compare them to other taxonomic groups and determine the magnitude of their ecological and socio-economic impacts and how these scores relate to key traits.

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Application of the Environmental Impact Classification for Alien Taxa (EICAT) to a global assessment of alien bird impacts

To apply the recently published EICAT protocol to an assessment of the magnitude of environmental impacts of alien bird species established worldwide.

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Evans et al 2016 Diversity and Distributions

To apply the recently published EICAT protocol to an assessment of the magnitude of environmental impacts of alien bird species established worldwide.

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Understanding invasive species pathways

In order to effectively prevent biological invasions, the pathways of introduction need to be understood and managed. This paper looks at pathways of introduction using South Africa as a case study.

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Faulkner, Robertson, Rouget & Wilson. 2016. Understanding and managing the introduction pathways of alien taxa: South Africa as a case study. Biological Invasions 18: 73-87. Size: 549KB

In order to effectively prevent biological invasions, the pathways of introduction need to be understood and managed. This paper looks at pathways of introduction using South Africa as a case study.

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Invasive aquatic plants in the pet trade

DNA barcoding techniques by researchers at the University of Johannesburg has revealed that several NEMBA-listed aquatic plants are known to be traded in the South African aquarium industry.

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Hoveka, van der Bank, Boatwright, Bezeng and Yessoufou. 2016. The noncoding trnH-psbA spacer, as an effective DNA barcode for aquatic freshwater plants, reveals prohibited invasive species in aquarium

DNA barcoding techniques by researchers at the University of Johannesburg has revealed that several NEMBA-listed aquatic plants are known to be traded in the South African aquarium industry.

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Pollinators in seed germination

This paper discusses the role and importance of pollinators in seed germination of invasive plants in the family Proteaceae, as well as that of autonomous self-fertilisation.

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Moodley, Geerts, Richardson & Wilson. 2016. The importance of pollinators and autonomous self-fertilisation in the early stages of plant invasions: Banksia and Hakea (Poteaceae) as case studies. Plant

This paper discusses the role and importance of pollinators in seed germination of invasive plants in the family Proteaceae, as well as that of autonomous self-fertilisation.

 

Invasive estuarine grass