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Small urban centres as launching sites for plant invasions in natural areas: insights from South Africa
Alien species are often first introduced to urban areas, so it is unsurprising that towns and cities are often hotspots for invasions. However, while large cities are usually the first sites of introduction, small towns ...
Alien plants as mediators of ecosystem services and disservices in urban systems: a global view
Urban areas have unique assemblages of species which are governed by novel ecological processes. People living in these environments have specific needs and demands in terms of ecosystem services (ES). Urban ecosystems are ...
The effectiveness of active and passive restoration on recovery of indigenous vegetation in riparian zones in the Western Cape, South Africa: A preliminary assessment
Riparian ecosystems in South Africa's fynbos biome are heavily invaded by alien woody plants. Although largescale clearing of these species is underway, the assumption that native vegetation will self-repair after ...
Invasive plants as drivers of regime shifts: identifying high-priority invaders that alter feedback relationships
(John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2014)
Aim A major challenge for invasion ecology is to identify high-impact invaders to guide prioritization of management interventions. We argue that species with the potential to cause regime shifts (altered states of ecosystem ...
Biological invasions in the Cape Floristic Region: history, current patterns, impacts, and management challenges
(Oxford University Press, 2015)
The Cape Floristic Region (CFR) is the most invaded terrestrial area in South Africa in terms of: the conspicuous prominence of (mainly woody) invasive plants (Fig 12.1, Plate 12) (Henderson 2007); the area invaded as ...
ABSTRACT: Reporting on the state of plant invasions in South Africa
(Elsevier B.V., 2017)
A framework for engaging stakeholders on the management of alien species
(Elsevier Ltd., 2018)
Alien species can have major ecological and socioeconomic impacts in their novel ranges and so effective management actions are needed. However, management can be contentious and create conflicts, especially when stakeholders ...
Acacia saligna’s soil legacy effects persist up to 10 years after clearing: Implications for ecological restoration
(Ecological Society of Australia, 2017)
To reduce the negative impacts of invasive plants, management interventions such as control or eradication are usually necessary. It is often assumed that the impacts of invasive plants will diminish immediately after such ...
Non-native species in urban environments: patterns, processes, impacts and challenges
Although urban ecosystems are hotspots for biological invasions, the field of invasion science has given scant attention to invasion dynamics and the challenges facing managers in towns and cities. This paper provides ...
Assessing restoration potential of a critically endangered vegetation type following alien acacia removal
The Fynbos vegetation of the Cape Lowlands is ecologically distinct from mountain Fynbos within the Cape Region of South Africa, but has been highly impacted by agriculture and urban development, while alien plants have ...