Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

What is the Invasive Species Compendium?

The ISC is an encyclopedic resource that draws together scientific information on all aspects of invasive species.

It comprises detailed datasheets that have been sourced from experts, edited by CABI's scientific staff, peer-reviewed, enhanced with data from specialist organizations, and with images and maps, and linked to a bibliographic database.

Why have we produced the Invasive Species Compendium?

In 2001, CABI's Compendium Programme Consortia identified a need for a Compendium on Invasive Species in recognition of the threat posed by invasive species to the global economy and environment. This coincided with a similar recognition by the US National Invasive Species Management Plan.

CABI’s long-standing expertise in invasive species makes us ideally placed to develop this resource, in partnership with other expert organizations; the US Department of Agriculture is a lead partner with CABI in the project.

We would like to thank the International Development Consortium members for their help and guidance in creating this new resource:

Australia, Group Membership [Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Reserach Centre (PBCRC), The Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA), Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IACRC)]
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Canadian Forest Service (CFS)
Global Affairs Canada
Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum (CPHD Forum) / European Commission (DG Environment)
France, Ministère de l’Environment, de l'Énergie et de la Mer
India, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI)
Mexico, National Health, Safety and Quality Service for Agri-Food (SENASICA)
Mexico, Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO)
Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Syngenta - Crop Protection
UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
UK Department for International Development (DFID) partner with CABI and Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
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 Agriculture - Invasive Species Co-ordination Program
United States Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS)
United States Department of Agriculture - Rural Development (USDA-RD)
United States Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service (NOAA)
United States Department of Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service


European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO)
Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)
World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)


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.

Who will use it?

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:

Make soundly based decisions in invasive species management
Provide a science-based, authoritative resource for quarantine measures
Save time, by providing instant access to vital information
Prepare lecture notes, reports, presentations and public information resources
Compile maps, graphs and tables
Support research
Advise others
Provide a resource in policy making
Provide data to assist in undertaking risk assessments
Support market research and marketing

We invite you to join the Development & Sustainability Consortium to become part of this exciting project

Benefits include a seat at the table to determine strategic direction / financial leverage / certainty of achieving an outcome / visibility as one of the developers / access to the Compendium during development / opportunity for discussion of common interests in an international forum.

For further information about membership, please contact CABI by email.

About the Compendium collection

CABI has been developing and providing Compendia for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience in collating and editing information, and presenting it through innovative software to provide authoritative tools. Compendia are encyclopedic 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.