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Biological Invasions in South Africa

  • Provides an encyclopedic overview of all aspects of biological invasions in South Africa, a megadiverse country that is a global leader in invasion science

  • Chronicles the history of introductions, invasions, and the emergence of invasion science in South Africa, and the development of policy and legislation for dealing with invasions, spanning 150 years

  • Reviews knowledge of alien species from all taxonomic groups in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments, the determinants of invasions, their impacts, and diverse insights on management

  • Assesses of the extent and effectiveness of management interventions using unique and innovative approaches

  • Attempts to explore where we might be going over the next 2000 years

Part of the book series: Invading Nature - Springer Series in Invasion Ecology (INNA, volume 14)

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Table of contents (31 chapters)

  1. Impacts of Invasion

    1. The Impact of Invasive Alien Plants on Rangelands in South Africa

      • Timothy G. O’Connor, Brian W. van Wilgen
      Pages 459-487Open Access
    2. An Evaluation of the Impacts of Alien Species on Biodiversity in South Africa Using Different Assessment Methods

      • Tsungai A. Zengeya, Sabrina Kumschick, Olaf L. F. Weyl, Brian W. van Wilgen
      Pages 489-512Open Access
  2. Management of Invasions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 513-513
    2. More than a Century of Biological Control Against Invasive Alien Plants in South Africa: A Synoptic View of What Has Been Accomplished

      • Martin P. Hill, Vincent C. Moran, John H. Hoffmann, Stefan Neser, Helmuth G. Zimmermann, David O. Simelane et al.
      Pages 553-572Open Access
    3. Analysing the Risks Posed by Biological Invasions to South Africa

      • Sabrina Kumschick, Llewellyn C. Foxcroft, John R. Wilson
      Pages 573-595Open Access
    4. The Extent and Effectiveness of Alien Plant Control Projects in South Africa

      • Brian W. van Wilgen, John R. Wilson, Andrew Wannenburgh, Llewellyn C. Foxcroft
      Pages 597-628Open Access
    5. Experience and Lessons from Alien and Invasive Animal Control Projects in South Africa

      • Sarah J. Davies, Martine S. Jordaan, Minette Karsten, John S. Terblanche, Andrew A. Turner, Nicola J. van Wilgen et al.
      Pages 629-663Open Access
    6. Biological Invasions and Ecological Restoration in South Africa

      • Patricia M. Holmes, Karen J. Esler, Mirijam Gaertner, Sjirk Geerts, Stuart A. Hall, Mlungele M. Nsikani et al.
      Pages 665-700Open Access
    7. The Social Dimensions of Biological Invasions in South Africa

      • Ross T. Shackleton, Ana Novoa, Charlie M. Shackleton, Christian A. Kull
      Pages 701-729Open Access
    8. Education, Training and Capacity-Building in the Field of Biological Invasions in South Africa

      • Marcus J. Byrne, Dorette du Plessis, Philip J. Ivey, John Measey, Mark P. Robertson, Tamara B. Robinson et al.
      Pages 731-755Open Access
  3. New Insights

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 757-757
    2. South Africa as a Donor of Naturalised and Invasive Plants to Other Parts of the World

      • Petr Pyšek, Jan Pergl, Mark van Kleunen, Wayne Dawson, Franz Essl, Holger Kreft et al.
      Pages 759-785Open Access
    3. South Africa as a Donor of Alien Animals

      • John Measey, Tamara B. Robinson, Natasha Kruger, Tsungai A. Zengeya, Brett P. Hurley
      Pages 787-830Open Access
    4. Knowing-Doing Continuum or Knowing-Doing Gap? Information Flow Between Researchers and Managers of Biological Invasions in South Africa

      • Llewellyn C. Foxcroft, Brian W. van Wilgen, Brent Abrahams, Karen J. Esler, Andrew Wannenburgh
      Pages 831-853Open Access
    5. Biological Invasions as a Component of South Africa’s Global Change Research Effort

      • Nicola J. van Wilgen, Brian W. van Wilgen, Guy F. Midgley
      Pages 855-878Open Access
    6. South Africa’s Centre for Invasion Biology: An Experiment in Invasion Science for Society

      • David M. Richardson, Brent Abrahams, Nelius Boshoff, Sarah J. Davies, John Measey, Brian W. van Wilgen
      Pages 879-914Open Access
  4. The Way Forward

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 915-915
    2. Potential Futures of Biological Invasions in South Africa

      • John R. Wilson, John Measey, David M. Richardson, Brian W. van Wilgen, Tsungai A. Zengeya
      Pages 917-946Open Access
  5. 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.

Keywords

  • 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

Reviews

“This resource will be valuable both to seasoned practitioners or academic researchers as well as to students just embarking on their careers. … Biological Invasions in South Africa will be seen as a pivotal milestone on the path to achieving these positive outcomes.” (Philip E. Hulme, South African Journal of Science, Vol. 117 (1-2), 2021)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Centre for Invasion Biology, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

    Brian W. van Wilgen, John Measey, David M. Richardson

  • South African National Biodiversity Institute, Kirstenbosch Research Centre Cape Town, South Africa, Centre for Invasion Biology, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

    John R. Wilson

  • South African National Biodiversity Institute, Kirstenbosch Research Centre Cape Town, South Africa, Centre for Invasion Biology, Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

    Tsungai A. Zengeya

About the editors

Brian W. van Wilgen is Emeritus Professor at the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. His interests include applied ecology and the development of evidence-based approaches to conservation management in Africa and beyond. His work has focussed mainly on fire ecology and biological invasions, and he has published over 250 peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters. 

John Measey is Chief Researcher at the NRF-DST Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology, based in the Department of Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He is author/co-author of over 200 peer-reviewed journal papers and chapters in edited books. His research focuses on animal invasions, especially those of reptiles and amphibians.  

David M. Richardson is Director of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology and a Distinguished Professor of Ecology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. His research focuses mainly on plant invasions, especially trees and shrubs. He is author/co-author of over 430 peer-reviewed journal papers and chapters in edited books. He has edited/co-edited six books, including Fifty years of invasion ecology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) and is co-author of Invasion Dynamics (Oxford University Press; 2017).

John R. Wilson is the science lead for the South African National Biodiversity Institute's Biological Invasions Directorate.  He is author/co-author of over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals with a particular focus on invasion science, and was the lead author of a recent book on detecting and responding to alien plant incursions (Cambridge University Press; 2017).  He is a member of the IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group, and works across science, management, and policy (e.g. as a lead editor of South Africa's National Status Report on Biological Invasions, and current chair of the South African Alien Species Risk Analysis Review Panel).

Tsungai Zengeya is a senior researcher in the Biological Invasions Directorate at the South African National Biodiversity Institute and leads up the team producing the South African National Status Report on Biological Invasions. His research interests are in aquatic ecology, with a focus on understanding the impacts of, and managing and preventing biological invasions. His is also a core team member of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology at University of Pretoria, South Africa.


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