The LifeWatch Alien Species Virtual Research Environment (Alien Species VRE) has been built and equipped in order to developing systems that support the scientist's work for experimental researches on alien species arrival and spread into different types of ecosystems (aquatic and terrestrial).

The Alien Species VRE is an example of the types of scientific studies that researchers on biodiversity and alien species could undertake.

The goal is to obtain a list of capabilities on the topic to be shared through the LifeWatch portal with all those interested in alien and invasive species.

Boggero, A., Pierri, C., Alber, R. et al. (2016). A geographic distribution data set of biodiversity in Italian freshwaters. Biogeographia – The Journal of Integrative Biogeography 31: 55–72. DOI:10.21426/B631132737

Corriero, G., Pierri, C., Accoroni, S. et al. (2016). Ecosystem vulnerability to alien and invasive species: A case study on marine habitats along the Italian coast. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 26, 392-409. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2550

Boggero, A., Basset, A., Austoni, M. et al. (2014). Weak effects of habitat type on susceptibility to invasive freshwater species: an Italian case study. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 24, 841-852. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2450

Colangelo, P., Fontaneto, D., Marchetto, A., Ludovisi, A., Basset, A., Bartolozzi, L., & Boggero, A. (2017). Alien species in Italian freshwater ecosystems: a macroecological assessment of invasion drivers.

I. Rosati et al. (2017). LifeWatch Italy Thesauri Documentation, Version 1.0. Roma, CNR Pubblicazioni 2017, pp.18, ISBN 978-88-8080-249-5 (online).


The Bulgarian National Distributed Centre is represented by the  Agricultural University-Plovdiv.

To know more about how Bulgaria contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.