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Bush encroachment: An enemy that must be controlled

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Bush encroachment on natural habitats is a global challenge. Experts believe that, next to Australia, South Africa is the...

Old man saltbush: Invader or useful livestock feed?

Old man saltbush (Atriplex nummularia) is a well-known sight in South Africa and this hardy plant with its ability to tolerate high salinity and...

Invasive plants and soil health

Invasive plant species are those that have been introduced into a specific area, and that displace and outcompete indigenous species or negatively influence the...

Obligations regarding activities involving an alien or invasive species

The Alien and Invasive Species Regulations (the Regulations) were published on 1 August 2014 (GN R598 in GG 37885 of 1 August 2014, with effect from...

Simple strategies for restoring productive veld

Each year, clearing invasive alien plants costs South African farmers thousands. Not only do these plants threaten the productivity of veld for grazing, but they also use...

The benefits of clearing invasive alien plants

Water shortages, loss of arable land, worsening veld fires, declining grazing quality, and lower cash crop yields all have one thing in common: invasive...

Invasive alien plants and their impact on wetlands

Invasive alien plants multiply rapidly once they are established in an area, which increases clearing costs and compounds adverse effects on the environment. These...

The ins and outs of invasive plant management

The use of integrated pest management (IPM) concerning invasive plants is a much more effective option than the exclusive use of pesticides. An IPM...