NEOBIOTA - The European Group on Biological Invasions

Biologists and ecologists from Germany, at a meeting in Berlin 1999, founded a research consortium on biological invasions. This group will co-ordinate responses to the ever increasing problems caused by the invasion of non-native plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms. These "new species" (Neobiota) can threaten the biodiversity of existing native species, alter the structure and function of ecosystems and can eventually cause severe economic and human health problems.

The scientists in the group will work together on theoretical and applied aspects of biological invasions, but also aim at educating the public and consulting with policy makers.

The tasks of the consortium are as follows:

  • Enhance communication and contact between scientists from different fields.
  • Collect all available information on non-native species in Central Europe, their traits and their distribution. Identify information deficits and co-ordinate efforts to fill them.
  • Disseminate and co-ordinate research progress on theoretical and applied aspects: causes, mechanisms, and effects of biological invasions; potential control methods.

Read more about NEOBIOTA here.

NeoBiota online journal

NeoBiota is a peer-reviewed, open-access, rapid online journal launched to accelerate research on all types of alien species and biological invasions: aquatic and terrestrial, animals, plants, fungi and micro-organisms: http://www.pensoft.net/journals/neobiota.

The journal NeoBiota is a continuation of the former NEOBIOTA publication series; for volumes 1-8 see http://www.oekosys.tu-berlin.de/menue/neobiota/.

NEOBIOTA Publication Series

The working group NEOBIOTA publishes a publication series with the name NEOBIOTA (ISSN 1619-0033). It covers the topics addressed by the working group, i.e. pure and applied aspects of invasion ecology in Central Europe.It consists of conference proceedings and monographs, e.g., dissertations. As NEOBIOTA is addressed at practitioners as well as scientists, some volumes are in German, others in English.

Co-ordinator, secretary of the group

Co-ordinator of the group:

Prof. Dr. Ingo Kowarik
Institut of ecology TU Berlin
Rothenburgstr. 12
12165 Berlin

For further information contact the Secretary of the group:

Dr. Uwe Starfinger
Institut of ecology TU Berlin
Rothenburgstr. 12
12165 Berlin
telephone (direct) +49 (0)30 314 711 94,
(office) +49 (0)30 314 713 50, fax +49 (0)30 314 713 55.

NEOBIOTA Conferences

Pontevedra 2012: 7th European Conference on Biological Invasions: NEOBIOTA - Halting Biological Invasions in Europe - from Data to Decisions, 12-14 September

Copenhagen 2010: 6th European Conference on Biological Invasions: NEOBIOTA - Biological Invasions in a Changing World - from Science to Management, 14-17 September

Prague 2008: 5th European Conference on Biological Invasions: NEOBIOTA - Towards a Synthesis, 23 - 26 September

Vienna 2006: 4th European Conference on Biological Invasions: NEOBIOTA - From Ecology to Conservation, 27 - 29 September

Bern 2004: 3rd International Conference on Biological Invasions: NEOBIOTA - From Ecology to Control, 30 September - 1 October

Halle 2002: Biological Invasions: Challenges for Science  (10 -12 October)

Berlin 2000: Biologische Invasionen: Herausforderung zum Handeln? (4 - 7 October)