Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Brian W. van Wilgen, John Measey, David M. Richardson, John R. Wilson, Tsungai A. Zengeya
      Pages 3-31 Open Access
  3. Biological Invasions in South Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. David M. Richardson, Llewellyn C. Foxcroft, Guillaume Latombe, David C. Le Maitre, Mathieu Rouget, John R. Wilson
      Pages 67-96 Open Access
    3. Martin P. Hill, Julie A. Coetzee, Grant D. Martin, Rosali Smith, Emily F. Strange
      Pages 97-114 Open Access
    4. John Measey, Cang Hui, Michael J. Somers
      Pages 115-151 Open Access
    5. Olaf L. F. Weyl, Bruce R. Ellender, Ryan J. Wassermann, Marliese Truter, Tatenda Dalu, Tsungai A. Zengeya et al.
      Pages 153-183 Open Access
    6. Charlene Janion-Scheepers, Charles L. Griffiths
      Pages 185-205 Open Access
    7. Michelle Greve, Charles Eric Otto von der Meden, Charlene Janion-Scheepers
      Pages 207-227 Open Access
    8. Tamara B. Robinson, Koebraa Peters, Ben Brooker
      Pages 229-247 Open Access
    9. Lesley van Helden, Paul D. van Helden, Christina Meiring
      Pages 249-274 Open Access
    10. Luke J. Potgieter, Errol Douwes, Mirijam Gaertner, John Measey, Trudy Paap, David M. Richardson
      Pages 275-309 Open Access
  4. Drivers of Invasion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-311
    2. Katelyn T. Faulkner, Amy Burness, Marcus J. Byrne, Sabrina Kumschick, Koebraa Peters, Mark P. Robertson et al.
      Pages 313-354 Open Access
    3. John R. Wilson, Llewellyn C. Foxcroft, Sjirk Geerts, M. Timm Hoffman, Sandra MacFadyen, John Measey et al.
      Pages 355-385 Open Access
    4. Johannes J. Le Roux, Susana Clusella-Trullas, Thabiso M. Mokotjomela, Mario Mairal, David M. Richardson, Lisa Skein et al.
      Pages 387-427 Open Access
  5. Impacts of Invasion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 429-429
    2. David C. Le Maitre, James N. Blignaut, Alistair Clulow, Sebinasi Dzikiti, Colin S. Everson, André H. M. Görgens et al.
      Pages 431-457 Open Access
    3. Timothy G. O’Connor, Brian W. van Wilgen
      Pages 459-487 Open Access
    4. Tsungai A. Zengeya, Sabrina Kumschick, Olaf L. F. Weyl, Brian W. van Wilgen
      Pages 489-512 Open Access
  6. Management of Invasions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 513-513
    2. Martin P. Hill, Vincent C. Moran, John H. Hoffmann, Stefan Neser, Helmuth G. Zimmermann, David O. Simelane et al.
      Pages 553-572 Open Access
    3. Sabrina Kumschick, Llewellyn C. Foxcroft, John R. Wilson
      Pages 573-595 Open Access
    4. Brian W. van Wilgen, John R. Wilson, Andrew Wannenburgh, Llewellyn C. Foxcroft
      Pages 597-628 Open Access
    5. Sarah J. Davies, Martine S. Jordaan, Minette Karsten, John S. Terblanche, Andrew A. Turner, Nicola J. van Wilgen et al.
      Pages 629-663 Open Access
    6. Patricia M. Holmes, Karen J. Esler, Mirijam Gaertner, Sjirk Geerts, Stuart A. Hall, Mlungele M. Nsikani et al.
      Pages 665-700 Open Access
    7. Ross T. Shackleton, Ana Novoa, Charlie M. Shackleton, Christian A. Kull
      Pages 701-729 Open Access
    8. Marcus J. Byrne, Dorette du Plessis, Philip J. Ivey, John Measey, Mark P. Robertson, Tamara B. Robinson et al.
      Pages 731-755 Open Access
  7. New Insights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 757-757
    2. Petr Pyšek, Jan Pergl, Mark van Kleunen, Wayne Dawson, Franz Essl, Holger Kreft et al.
      Pages 759-785 Open Access
    3. John Measey, Tamara B. Robinson, Natasha Kruger, Tsungai A. Zengeya, Brett P. Hurley
      Pages 787-830 Open Access
    4. Llewellyn C. Foxcroft, Brian W. van Wilgen, Brent Abrahams, Karen J. Esler, Andrew Wannenburgh
      Pages 831-853 Open Access
    5. Nicola J. van Wilgen, Brian W. van Wilgen, Guy F. Midgley
      Pages 855-878 Open Access
    6. David M. Richardson, Brent Abrahams, Nelius Boshoff, Sarah J. Davies, John Measey, Brian W. van Wilgen
      Pages 879-914 Open Access
  8. The Way Forward

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 915-915
    2. John R. Wilson, John Measey, David M. Richardson, Brian W. van Wilgen, Tsungai A. Zengeya
      Pages 917-946 Open Access
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 947-975

About this book


This open access volume presents a comprehensive account of all aspects of biological invasions in South Africa, where research has been conducted over more than three decades, and where bold initiatives have been implemented in attempts to control invasions and to reduce their ecological, economic and social effects. It covers a broad range of themes, including history, policy development and implementation, the status of invasions of animals and plants in terrestrial, marine and freshwater environments, the development of a robust ecological theory around biological invasions, the effectiveness of management interventions, and scenarios for the future. The South African situation stands out because of the remarkable diversity of the country, and the wide range of problems encountered in its varied ecosystems, which has resulted in a disproportionate investment into both research and management. The South African experience holds many lessons for other parts of the world, and this book should be of immense value to researchers, students, managers, and policy-makers who deal with biological invasions and ecosystem management and conservation in most other regions.


South Africa Terrestrial Vertebrate invasions Aquatic plants Freshwater ecosystems Invasive biota Prince Edward Islands Coastal invasions Pathogens Urban invasions Alien organisms Abiotic factors Agricultural crops Invasive insect pests Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Brian W. van Wilgen
    • 1
  • John Measey
    • 2
  • David M. Richardson
    • 3
  • John R. Wilson
    • 4
  • Tsungai A. Zengeya
    • 5
  1. 1.Centre for Invasion Biology, Department of Botany and ZoologyStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa
  2. 2.Centre for Invasion Biology, Department of Botany and ZoologyStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa
  3. 3.Centre for Invasion Biology, Department of Botany and ZoologyStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa
  4. 4.South African National Biodiversity Institute, Kirstenbosch Research Centre Cape Town, South AfricaCentre for Invasion Biology, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa
  5. 5.South African National Biodiversity Institute, Kirstenbosch Research Centre Cape Town, South AfricaCentre for Invasion Biology, Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa

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