One of the consequences of globalization is the arrival of non-native species from different areas. This global phenomenon has important implications in the conservation of biodiversity and must be a subject of concern. To invest in research on the magnitude and extension of plant invasion problems their causes, ecological and economical consequences must become an important part of research agendas troughout Latin America.

Network Coordinators

Ileana Herrera, Centro de Ecología (Ecology Center)
Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas
(Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research)
Caracas, Venezuela

Ramiro Bustamante, Facultad de Ciencias (Science Faculty)
Universidad de Chile (University of Chile)

Santiago, Chile


Bulletin v.4, n.1 - Octubre 2014 (PDF, 3,2 Mb)

Bulletin v.3, n.1 - Noviembre 2013 (PDF, 1,6 Mb)

Bulletin v.2, n.2 - Deciembre 2012 (PDF, 2Mb)

Bulletin v.2, n.1 (PDF, 3Mb)

Bulletin v.1, n. 1 (PDF, 3Mb)


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Principles and objectives of the RLEPI

  • Develop a research strategy by incorporating two key concepts: novell  ecosystems and the conservation of indigenous biodiversity;
  • promote the creation of a database that includes research priorities based on taxonomic groups and impacted ecosystems;
  • propose a standard protocol for risk assessment and standards for priority setting;
  • promote and support research groups on plant invasions in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

What do consolidated research groups do, and what can be done in Latin America?

Aware of the impact of this global problem, scientists from many countries have formed networks for international interaction and collaboration to anticipate, mitigate, eradicate, and control invasive alien species. These initiatives have proved useful for understanding the nature and the magnitude of invasions at the global level, as well as to establish cooperation. In contrast, similiar initiatives are scarce in Latin America and in the Caribbean, so to consolidate a network for the study of invasive plants is an important opportunity.

At the continental level, the I3N Invasive Species Thematic Network linked to IABIN is available. The Horus Institute represents Brazil in this network and manages the National Database, available from this website. Several Latin American countries participate in this network and have made national databases available online. See the list of databases at the end of our recommended websites page. The focus of this network, however, is in disseminating useful data, not on scientific research.

When was the network for the study of invasive plants created?

During meetings at the Symposium on “Invasive plants in the Latin American context: current diagnostics, causes and consequences” at the X Latin American Meeting on Botany (October, 2010, La Serena, Chile), participants formed the Latin American Network for the Study of Invasive Plants (RLEPI).

What has the network done?

  • Written an article published in the Plant Ecology & Diversity Magazine. This paper informed the public about the creation and the objectives of the network;
  • prepared two numbers of the RLEPI Bulletin (available for download above);
  • started joint projects (for more information, please contact the coordinators).