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Invasive Species Compendium

Invasive Species Compendium

"Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide"

The Invasive Species Compendium is OPEN ACCESS, and designed to support the work of everyone faced with the identification, prevention and management of invasive species around the world. We welcome your feedback. Please email

Invasive species are a major threat to the global economy and the environment, costing billions of dollars to control each year. The Invasive Species Compendium is an online, comprehensive encyclopedic reference work covering recognition, biology, distribution, impact and management of the world’s invasive plants and animals.


“The ISC is a repository of the best available science on the invasive species that have the worst impacts in the world. The focus is global. The Compendium covers all taxa in both natural and managed ecosystems.”

Hilda Diaz-Soltero, USDA Senior Invasive Species Co-ordinator


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Developed by CABI, with support from a consortium of partners, this resource is the most extensive and authoritative compilation on the subject in the world. Content is derived from thousands of peer-reviewed expert contributors, and backed up by existing compilations of knowledge and research on invasive species.


It offers extensive global coverage of invasive species from all taxonomic groups and ecosystems (excluding human pathogens), with fast and easy navigation between text, images, maps and databases.

The Compendium is a vital tool for resource managers, extension workers, policymakers, researchers in the areas of agriculture and the environment, and border control import/export regulatory officers. It is freely available to all on an open access basis and is maintained, enhanced and regularly updated with hundreds of new and revised datasheets published each year, plus weekly additions of abstracts and full text articles.

Species information portals

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Information portals for featured species, including:

  • Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda)
  • Tomato leafminer (Tuta absoluta)
  • Parthenium weed (Parthenium hysterophorus)



Species portals contain both technical information for researchers and pest risk assessors, and practical resources for farmers, protected area managers, plant protection officers and quarantine officers.

They form a central repository for information resources collated from a wide variety of contributors, including many of the key organisations collaborating in the FAO-led Framework for Partnership for Sustainable Management of the Fall Armyworm in Africa.


Practical information resources
Over 5,000 new practical information resources have been added, including factsheets and pest management decision guides for identification and management of invasive species.


Detailed datasheets
Fully referenced sections on taxonomy and nomenclature, distribution, habitat, identification, biology and ecology, species associations, pathways for introduction, impacts and management, complemented by images and maps, and are supported by abstracts and full text articles.


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  • Detailed datasheets on invasive species with referenced text, images and distribution maps
  • Species information portals for featured invasive species
  • Downloadable distribution data in KML format (for use in Google Earth) and CSV format (for modelling packages)
  • Bibliographic database and library of full text documents
  • Practical resources for identification and management of invasive species
  • Toolbox of apps, pest alerts and the Horizon Scanning Tool
  • Invasive species newsfeed 


In addition to datasheets on invasive species the Compendium also includes...

  • Animal disease datasheets: Over 160 animal diseases and associated pathogens, with extensive information on diagnosis, epidemiology, economic impact, management and control.
  • Country datasheets: Include selected statistics, csv downloads and lists of links to species and animal disease datasheets.
  • Habitat datasheets: Provide information on risk of species invasion, impacts and management of invasive species.
  • Pathway datasheets: Provide information on pathways for introduction and dispersal.
  • Other datasheets: Provide summary information on associated species, e.g. natural enemies, threatened species, hosts, vectors, etc.

The Invasive Species Compendium is an essential tool for:

Researchers / Lecturers and students / Resource and environment managers in agriculture, forestry, rangeland, urban land, rivers, lakes and coastal waters / Policy makers, agricultural research centres and Extension officers / Quarantine officers / Crop protection and animal health practitioners (both public and private sector) / Weed specialists.


It is designed to help a wide variety of users to:

  • Save time, by providing instant access to vital information
  • Prepare lecture notes, reports, presentations and public information resources
  • Compile maps, graphs and tables and perform statistical analyses
  • Teach/train/study Advise others
  • Carry out risk analysis



We would like to thank the International Development Consortium members for their help and guidance in creating the Invasive Species Compendium:


Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Canadian Forest Service (CFS)

Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum (CPHD)

Centre of Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI)

Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, Mexico (CONABIO)

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK (DEFRA)

Department for International Development, UK (DFID)

European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV)

Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)

Global Affairs Canada (GAC)

Grains Research & Development Corporation, Australia (GRDC)

Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA)

Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre, Australia (IACRC)

Ministère de l’Environment, de l’Énergie et de la Mer, France

Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, India

Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI)

National Health, Safety and Quality Service for Agri-Food, Mexico (SENASICA)

Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Netherlands


Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre, Australia (PBCRC)

Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Syngenta Crop Protection

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

United States Department of Agriculture

United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS)

United States Department of Agriculture - Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS)

United States Department of Agriculture - Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS)

United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service (USDA-FS)

United States Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service (NOAA)

United States Department of Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)




We would also like to acknowledge the following donors, whose funding of CABI’s Action on Invasives programme supported the upgrade of the ISC, including the addition of new resources and the species portals, and its ongoing maintenance: Department for International Development, UK (DFID), Directorate-General for International Cooperation, Netherlands (DGIS)



European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO), Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)
content partners
United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Feed the Future (FTF) Initiative, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), Plantwise.


The Invasive Species Compendium could not have been produced without the collaboration of experts from around the world. See the list of the authors, reviewers and consultants who have contributed towards the development of the Compendium.


CABI has been developing and providing compendia for over 15 years and has a wealth of experience in collating and editing information, presenting it through innovative software to provide an authoritative tool. Compendia are encyclopaedic mixed-media resources that draw together scientific information on all aspects of a subject area. They are excellent research tools – saving time for researchers, students and practitioners.

To learn more about the Invasive Species Compendium, and to comment on its design and scope, please contact us.

You can download a pdf of our Invasive Species Compendium leaflet here

We invite you to join the Development Consortium to be part of this exciting project!    
Benefits include a seat at the table to determine strategic direction / visibility as one of the developers. For further information about Development Consortium membership, please email Cambria Finegold, CABI's Head of Knowledge Management. 

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