Their study aims to investigate the ecosystem impacts of the so-called ’Triffid’ weed, Chromolaena odorata (Asteraceae) in three regions in Africa: Banco National Park, Cote d'Ivoire; Ezemvelo Wildlife Reserve, KZN, South Africa and South West Nigeria, using a comparative approach by (i) studying the response of native plant communities to C. odorata invasion in terms of species composition, (ii) assessing difference in soil nutrient composition between invaded and uninvaded areas, (iii) determining the impact on C. odorata on above and below ground invertebrate species and small mammals by comparing invaded and uninvaded areas, (iv) assessing the impact on primate communities, (v) characterising the plant’s dispersal mechanisms and floral visitors associated with C. odorata, as well as their role in facilitating its spread (vi) determining what factors drive invasion success of C. odorata in these communities with a focus on niche opportunities, (vii) determining the socio-economic impacts of C. odorata by evaluating its impact on the livelihoods of subsistence farmers. IFS would like to congratulate all the research teams who submitted collaborative research project proposals, and especially Team InvAfrica. We will be following and reporting on the research as the projects progress.
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This is the second full pilot of the IFS Collaborative Research Approach. We congratulate all the scientists involved and look forward to a rewarding period of working together.