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Why a BRICS facilitated network makes sense for Invasion Science

07 November 2019

BRICS invasion scientists need to keep one step ahead

You've heard about BRICS here before. Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (aka BRICS) have formed a club mostly as they were kept out of the intial G7 movement (which has now expanded to be more inclusive). They are billed for being between developed and developing nation status, although the reality is that they are both developed and developing. Large sections of the society are rural and developing, whereas the urban areas are mostly developed. 

BRICS countries are a problem as far as invasive species are concerned, as they have the all the problems associated with a developed country (e.g. growing volumes of trade and international partnerships), on top of growing issues associated with developing countries (e.g. rural to urban movements and artisanal enterprises). Add to this that most BRICS countries are biodiversity megahotspots, and you get a growing perfect storm not only of invasions within, but invasive species donated to the rest of the world.

What we really like delving into on this MeaseyLab Blog are not just the problems, but potential ways to solve them. In this popular article for The Conversation, I outline the solution that we recently came up with for our PLoS Biology Perspective piece (that you can find here). 

To read the piece in full, together with the proposed solution, you can click here. Or if you prefer, you can read the original PLoS Biology paper here

And, there are old blog posts about the original workshop (here), the PLoS Biology paper (here), and a Press Release from Stellenbosch University (here). You can even read a site in Portuguese here by Ronaldo Silva

Measey, J (2019) BRICS scientists could help stem the tide of invasive species. The Conversation - Africaonline

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