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Provides links to resources in South America with an interest in the prevention, control, or eradication of invasive species.

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North American Beaver Invasion Occupies Forests and Steppes in Southern Chile and Argentina (Dec 16, 2015)
Scientific American.
In 1946 the Argentine Navy imported 10 beaver couples from Canada and set them free in Isla Grande, the deep south of Tierra del Fuego, with the intention of "enriching" the native fauna—and the local fur industry. The consequences of such initiative were disastrous: Protected from hunting for 35 years, and devoid of natural predators, the beavers grew over 5,000 times their initial population, caused irreversible changes in the forest ecosystem, and started advancing over the continent. Now, a study published in Chilean Natural History suggests that the demographic explosion of those beavers could be bigger than suspected because it can take years or even decades for local inhabitants to notice the rodents' presence and their impact on the surrounding ecosystems.

Invasive Blackberry Threatens Iconic Galapagos Islands (Sep 1, 2015)
CAB International.
The Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) is partnering with CABI and the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) to help protect the iconic Galapagos Islands from an invasive blackberry (Rubus niveus). This non-native plant was introduced in 1968 and is causing serious problems for local biodiversity and agriculture. It is now considered one of the worst weeds affecting the islands.

Partnership

Galapagos Invasive Species
Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk; Charles Darwin Foundation; Galapagos National Park; Ecuadorian Agricultural Health Service in Galapagos; Galapagos National Institute.

Brazil National Invasive Alien Species Database
Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN). I3N Invasive Species Network. Horus Institute for Environmental Conservation and Development.

Manual de Identificación y Manejo de Malezas en las Islas Galápagos (2006; PDF | 1.5 MB) - Spanish
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Prepared by: Fundación Charles Darwin y Servicio Parque Nacional Galápagos.
Special Note: An illustrated guide providing practical information for the effective control of the worst invasive plant species in Galapagos. Designed for farmers and other land managers, it describes manual and chemical control methods. It also includes 8 species that are potential problems for Galapagos. In Spanish.

Southern Hemisphere Network on Conifer Invasions
Southern Hemisphere Network on Conifer Invasions.

Academic

Control and Prevention of Invasive Bivalves
La Plata National University (Argentina). Invading Mollusks Research Group.

Laboratorio de Invasiones Biológicas
Universidad de Concepción (Chile).
Special Note: In Spanish

Professional

Invasive Species
Galapagos Conservancy.

Horus Institute of Environmental Development and Conservation
Instituto Hórus de Desenvolvimento e Conservação Ambiental (Horus Institute of Environmental Development and Conservation, Brazil).
Special Note: Species profiles in Portuguese and Spanish

Introduced Species Checklists
Charles Darwin Foundation and Research Station (Galápagos Islands).

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Last Modified: Dec 01, 2016
 
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