Recent Submissions

  • Emerging infectious diseases and biological invasions: a call for a One Health collaboration in science and management 

    Ogden, N.H.; Wilson, J.R.U.; Richardson, D.M.; Hui, C.; Davies, S.J.; Kumschick, S.; Le Roux, J.J.; Measey, J.; Saul, W.-C.; Pulliam, J.R.C. (The Royal Society Publishing, 2019)
    The study and management of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) and of biological invasions both address the ecology of human-associated biological phenomena in a rapidly changing world. However, the two fields work mostly ...
  • Alien bamboos in South Africa: a socio-historical perspective 

    Canavan, S.; Richardson, D.M.; Le Roux, J.J.; Wilson, J.R.U. (Springer, 2019)
    Changes in fashions and economic imperatives underlying plant introductions have a profound influence on the movement of species around the world. Using bamboo introductions into South Africa as a case-study, we explore ...
  • Tall-statured grasses: a useful functional group for invasion science 

    Canavan, S.; Meyerson, L.A.; Packer, J.G.; Pysek, P.; Maurel, N.; Lozano, V.; Richardson, D.M.; Brundu, G.; Canavan, K.; Cicatelli, A.; Cuda, J.; Dawson, W.; Essl, F.; Guarino, F.; Guo, W.-Y.; van Kleunen, M.; Kreft, H.; Lambertini, C.; Pergl, J.; Skalova, H.; Soreng, R.J.; Visser, V.; Vorontsova, M.S.; Weigelt, P.; Winter, M.; Wilson, J.R.U. (Springer, 2019)
    Species in the grass family (Poaceae) have caused some of the most damaging invasions in natural ecosystems, but plants in this family are also among the most widely used by humans. Therefore, it is important to be able ...
  • Global environmental and socio-economic impacts of selected alien grasses as a basis for ranking threats to South Africa 

    Nkuna, K.V.; Visser, V.; Wilson, J.R.U.; Kumschick, S. (Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0, 2018)
    Decisions to allocate management resources should be underpinned by estimates of the impacts of biological invasions that are comparable across species and locations. For the same reason, it is important to assess what ...
  • Biodiversity assessments: Origin matters 

    Pauchard, A.; Meyerson, L.A.; Bacher, S.; Blackburn, T.M.; Brundu, G.; Cadotte, M.W.; Courchamp, F.; Essl, F.; Genovesi, P.; Haider, S.; Holmes, N.D.; Hulme, P.E.; Jeschke, J.M.; Lockwood, J.L.; Novoa, A.; Nunez, M.A.; Peltzer, D.A.; Pysek, P.; Richardson, D.M.; Simberloff, D.; Smith, K.; van Wilgen, B.W.; Vila, M.; Wilson, J.R.U.; Winter, M.; Zenni, R.D. (Creative Commons Attribution License, 2018)
    Recent global efforts in biodiversity accounting, such as those undertaken through the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), ...
  • Indicators for monitoring biological invasions at a national level 

    Wilson, J.R.U.; Faulkner, K.T.; Rahlao, S.J.; Richardson, D.M.; Zengeya, T.A.; van Wilgen, B.W. (British Ecological Society, 2018)
    1. A major challenge for the management of biological invasions is to ensure that data and information from basic inventories and ecological research are used alongside data from the monitoring and evaluation of interventions ...
  • The distribution and status of alien plants in a small South African town 

    McLean, P.; Wilson, J.R.U.; Gaertner, M.; Kritzinger-Klopper, S.; Richardson, D.M. (Elsevier B.V., 2018)
    1. The invasion of alien plants into natural ecosystems in South Africa is a substantial conservation concern. The primary reason for the introduction of alien plants has been ornamental horticulture, and urban centres are ...
  • Which taxa are alien? Criteria, applications, and uncertainties 

    Essl, F.; Bacher, S.; Genovesi, P.; Hulme, P.E.; Jeschke, J.M.; Katsanevakis, S.; Kowarik, I.; Kuhn, I.; Pysek, P.; Rabitsch, W.; Schindler, S.; van Kleunen, M.; Vila, M.; Wilson, J.R.U.; Richardson, D.M. (Oxford University Press, 2018)
    Human activities such as the transport of species to new regions and modifications of the environment are increasingly reshaping the distribution of biota. Accordingly, developing robust, repeatable, and consistent definitions ...
  • Even well-studied groups of alien species might be poorly inventoried: Australian Acacia species in South Africa as a case study 

    Magona, N.; Richardson, D.M.; Le Roux, J.J.; Kritzinger-Klopper, S.; Wilson, J.R.U. (Pensoft, 2018)
    Understanding the status and extent of spread of alien plants is crucial for effective management. We explore this issue using Australian Acacia species (wattles) in South Africa (a global hotspot for wattle introductions ...
  • Plant invasions in South Africa: Insights from the 2017 National Status Report on Biological Invasions 

    Wilson, J.R.; Faulkner, K.; Henderson, L.; Munyai, T.; Rahlao, S.; Zengeya, T.; van Wilgen, B.W. (Elsevier, 2018)
    The impacts of biological invasions are increasing and are felt by all sectors of society. The Department of Environmental Affairs currently invests over R1.5 billion a year on managing biological invasions, mostly on alien ...
  • A framework for engaging stakeholders on the management of alien species 

    Novoa, A.; Shackleton, R.; Canavan, S.; Cybele, C.; Davies, S.J.; Dehnen-Schmutz, K.; Fried, J.; Gaertner, M.; Geerts, S.; Griffiths, C.L.; Kaplan, H.; Kumschick, S.; Le Maitre, D.C.; Measey, G.J.; Nunes, A.L.; Richardson, D.M.; Robinson, T.B.; Touza, J.; Wilson, J.R.U. (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 ...
  • Socio-economic impact classification of alien taxa (SEICAT) 

    Bacher, S.; Blackburn, T.M.; Essl, F.; Genovesi, P.; Heikkilä, J.; Jeschke, J.M.; Jones, G.; Keller, R.; Kenis, M.; Kueffer, C.; Martinou, A.F.; Nentwig, W.; Pergl, J.; Pyšek, P.; Rabitsch, W.; Richardson, D.M.; Roy, H.E.; Saul, W.-C.; Scalera, R.; Vilà, M.; Wilson, J.R.U.; Kumschick, S. (British Ecological Society, 2018)
    1. Many alien taxa are known to cause socio-economic impacts by affecting the different constituents of human well-being (security; material and non-material assets; health; social, spiritual and cultural relations; freedom ...
  • Reassessing the invasion of South African waters by the European shore-crab Carcinus maenas 

    Mabin, C.A.; Wilson, J.R.U.; Le Roux, J.J.; Robinson, T.B. (NISC (Pty) Ltd, 2017)
    The European shore-crab Carcinus maenas has been present in South Africa since 1983. Despite this species’ international reputation as a biological invader, its distribution in this region has only been considered by three ...
  • Non-native species in urban environments: patterns, processes, impacts and challenges 

    Gaertner, M.; Wilson, J.R.U.; Cadotte, M.W.; MacIvor, J.S; Zenni, R.D.; Richardson, D.M. (Springer, 2017)
    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 ...
  • How do invasive species travel to and through urban environments? 

    Padayachee, A.L.; Irlich, U.M.; Faulkner, K.T.; Gaertner, M.; Proches, S.; Wilson, J.R.U.; Rouget, M. (Springer, 2017)
    Globalisation has resulted in the movement of organisms outside their natural range, often with negative ecological and economic consequences. As cities are hubs of anthropogenic activities, with both highly transformed ...
  • Small urban centres as launching sites for plant invasions in natural areas: insights from South Africa 

    McLean, P.; Gallien, L.; Wilson, J.R.U.; Gaertner, M.; Richardson, D.M. (Springer, 2017)
    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 ...
  • A vision for global monitoring of biological invasions 

    Latombe, G.; Pyšek, P.; Jeschke, J.M.; Blackburn, T.M.; Bacher, W.; Capinha, C.; Costello, C.; Fernández, M.; Gregory, R.D.; Hobern, D.; Hui, C.; Jetz, W.; Kumschick, S.; McGrannachan, C.; Pergl, J.; Roy, H.E.; Scalera, R.; Squires, Z.E.; Wilson, J.R.U.; Winter, M.; Genovesi, P.; McGeoch, M.A. (Elsevier Ltd., 2017)
    Managing biological invasions relies on good global coverage of species distributions. Accurate information on alien species distributions, obtained from international policy and cross-border co-operation, is required to ...
  • Level of environmental threat posed by horticultural trade in Cactaceae 

    Novoa, A.; Le Roux, J.J.; Richardson, D.M.; Wilson, J.R.U. (Society of Conservation Biology, 2017)
    Ornamental horticulture has been identified as an important threat to plant biodiversity and is a major pathway for plant invasions worldwide. In this context, the family Cactaceae is particularly challenging because it ...
  • ABSTRACT: Reporting on the state of plant invasions in South Africa 

    Wilson, J.R.U.; Gaertner, M.; Richardson, D.M.; Rahlao, S.; van Wilgen, B.W. (Elsevier B.V., 2017)
  • Prioritising surveillance for alien organisms transported as stowaways on ships travelling to South Africa. 

    Faulkner, K.T.; Robertson, M.P.; Rouget, M.; Wilson, J.R.U. (Public Library of Science, 2017)
    The global shipping network facilitates the transportation and introduction of marine and terrestrial organisms to regions where they are not native, and some of these organisms become invasive. South Africa was used as a ...

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