A New Comprehensive Database of Alien Plant Species in Chile Based on Herbarium Records (2012)
Universidad de Concepción (Chile). Laboratorio de Invasiones Biológicas.
A list of introduced species that have been discovered in Chile has been compiled by Dr. Clodomiro Marticorena (Department of Botany, University of Concepción). Data was collected from reports in available literature and records in the University of Concepción Herbarium. This list also includes information on species distribution in Chile, mainly according to administrative regions. Currently the database is being expanded to include information on all introduced species that have been discovered in Chile. Once completed, the full database will be available on this page. Note: Site partially in Spanish
Galápagos Restoration Projects Makes Islands Safe for Native Species (Dec 8, 2012)
The Galápagos National Park, assisted by partners including Island Conservation, the Charles Darwin Foundation, Bell Laboratories and The Raptor Center of the University of Minnesota, are working to prevent extinctions and restore altered ecosystems on the Galápagos by permanently removing damaging introduced rodents from key islands. Following a series of monitoring surveys, today partners announce that several islands are free of invasive rodents as the result of an eradication project. Partners also announce that restoration of additional islands is already underway.
Chile's Pacific Paradise Endangered by Goats, Cats (Sep 19, 2012)
Nearly four centuries of human contact have left many slopes of Robinson Crusoe Island denuded, their trees and plants lost to logging and fires, or devoured by imported goats and rabbits. Jungles remain, but invasive species are crowding out the unique native plants and birds that evolved during more than a million years of splendid isolation.
"It's a textbook example of how to degrade an ecosystem," said Cristian Estades of the University of Chile, an expert on the islands' birds.
A handful of biologists, environmentalists, teachers and Chilean government officials are working with islanders on projects to save endangered species by eliminating non-native plants and animals. In a world full of daunting environmental challenges, they say this one can be solved with enough time, effort and money, in part because the three islands are so remote - 416 miles (670 kilometers) west of the Chilean mainland.