EDRR Establishing networks in Europe

04 October 2011

EMAPI conference AttendeesFive members of SANBI's Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) team recently took part in an international conference on invasive alien species in Hungary.

Early Detection and Rapid Response team (Phetole Manyama, Kanyisa Jama, Jerome Sullivan, Haylee Kaplan and Sjirk Geerts) presented at the 11th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions (EMAPI), held in Szombathely/Hungary between 30th August and 3rd September 2011.

The EMAPI conference is the most prestigious scientific meeting covering all aspects of plant invasion from pure science to management of plant invasions. It was attended by experts in the field of invasive alien plant and dedicated individuals from across the world.

The conference oral and poster sessions, social events and excursions provided a good platform to develop international networks as well as learning and sharing knowledge with similar progammes about best research and management practices for invasive alien plant species.

SANBI's contribution

The team presented the following posters during a lively and interactive poster session:

  1. Acacia stricta: predicting spread pathways to plan for potential eradication
  2. Banksia ericifolia invading South Africa as predicted- a major threat or just symptom of a peculiar fire regime?
  3. Successes and failures in a national campaign to control a new invasive plant-pompom weed in South Africa (Campuloclinium macrocephalum: Asteraceae).
  4. Citizen scientist's tools developed for early detection
  5. Preventing the spread of Pompom weed (Campuloclinium macrocephalum) through communication
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