A special issue of the journal Bothalia (African Biodiversity and Conservation) has been released online. The issue has 19 papers which focus on the state of biological invasions in South Africa.
Go to the link: http://www.abcjournal.org/index.php/ABC/issue/view/113.
There are 19 papers and an editorial covering a wide range of issues. All are free to download (see below for links).
This special issue was part of eliciting contributions to the National Status Report on Biological Invasions in South Africa (due October 2017).
If you have any questions about the report itself please contact .
Papers on the state of biological invasions in South Africa
Wilson, J.R.U., Gaertner, M., Richardson, D.M. & van Wilgen, B.W., 2017, 'Contributions to the national status report on biological invasions in South Africa', Bothalia 47(2), a2207. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2207
Clusella-Trullas, S. & Garcia, R.A., 2017, 'Impacts of invasive plants on animal diversity in South Africa: A synthesis', Bothalia 47(2), a2166. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2166
Faulkner, K.T., Hurley, B.P., Robertson, M.P., Rouget, M. & Wilson, J.R.U., 2017, 'The balance of trade in alien species between South Africa and the rest of Africa', Bothalia 47(2), a2157. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2157
Foxcroft, L.C., van Wilgen, N.J., Baard, J. & Cole, N., 2017, 'Biological invasions in South African National Parks', Bothalia 47(2), a2158. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2158
Greve, M., Mathakutha, R., Steyn, C. & Chown, S.L., 2017, 'Terrestrial invasions on sub-Antarctic Marion and Prince Edward Islands', Bothalia 47(2), a2143. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2143
Henderson, L. & Wilson, J.R.U., 2017, ‘Changes in the composition and distribution of alien plants in South Africa: An update from the Southern African Plant Invaders Atlas (SAPIA)', Bothalia 47(2), a2172. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2172
Hill, M.P. & Coetzee, J.A., 2017, 'The biological control of aquatic weeds in South Africa: Current status and future challenges', Bothalia 47(2), a2152. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2152
Irlich, U.M., Potgieter, L., Stafford, L. & Gaertner, M., 2017, 'Recommendations for municipalities to become compliant with National legislation on biological invasions', Bothalia 47(2), a2156. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2156
Kaplan, H., Wilson, J.R.U., Klein, H., Henderson, L., Zimmermann, H.G., Manyama, P. et al., 2017, 'A proposed national strategic framework for the management of Cactaceae in South Africa', Bothalia 47(2), a2149. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2149
Keller, R.P. & Kumschick, S., 2017, 'Promise and challenges of risk assessment as an approach for preventing the arrival of harmful alien species', Bothalia 47(2), a2136. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2136
Kraaij, T., Baard, J.A., Rikhotso, D.R., Cole, N.S. & van Wilgen, B.W., 2017, 'Assessing the efficiency of invasive alien plant management in a large fynbos protected area', Bothalia 47(2), a2105. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2105
Marr, S.M., Ellender, B.R., Woodford, D.J., Alexander, M.E., Wasserman, R.J., Ivey, P. et al., 2017, 'Evaluating invasion risk for freshwater fishes in South Africa', Bothalia 47(2), a2177. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2177
Measey, J., Davies, S., Vimercati, G., Rebelo, A., Schmidt, W. & Turner, A., 2017, 'Invasive amphibians in southern Africa: A review of invasion pathways', Bothalia 47(2), a2117. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2117
Picker, M.D. & Griffiths, C.L., 2017, 'Alien animals in South Africa - Composition, introduction history, origins and distribution patterns', Bothalia 47(2), a2147. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2147
Scholes, R.J., Schreiner, G. & Snyman-Van der Walt, L., 2017, 'Scientific assessments: Matching the process to the problem', Bothalia 47(2), a2144. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2144
Visser, V., Wilson, J.R.U., Canavan, K., Canavan, S., Fish, L., Le Maitre, D.C. et al., 2017, 'Grasses as invasive plants in South Africa revisited: Patterns, pathways and management', Bothalia 47(2), a2169. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2169
Wood, A.R., 2017, 'Fungi and invasions in South Africa', Bothalia 47(2), a2124. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2124
Woodford, D.J., Ivey, P., Jordaan, M.S., Kimberg, P.K., Zengeya, T. & Weyl, O.L.F., 2017, 'Optimising invasive fish management in the context of invasive species legislation in South Africa', Bothalia 47(2), a2138. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2138
Zachariades, C., Paterson, I.D., Strathie, L.W., Hill, M.P. & van Wilgen, B.W, 2017, 'Assessing the status of biological control as a management tool for suppression of invasive alien plants in South Africa', Bothalia 47(2), a2142. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2142
Zengeya, T., Ivey, P., Woodford, D.J., Weyl, O., Novoa, A., Shackleton, R. et al., 2017, 'Managing conflict-generating invasive species in South Africa: Challenges and trade-offs', Bothalia 47(2), a2160. https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i2.2160
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