Press release ahead the International Ragweed Day
In the framework of the 2015 International Ragweed Day, EAACI, EAS, EFA and IRS made a press release to alert people and health authorities that more Europeans will be allergic to ragweed pollens if no measure is taken to reduce exposure.
Read the press release
International Ragweed Day - June 27, 2015
What is ragweed? Why worry? What do we know? What can you do?
Please find all the answers to these questions in this leaflet prepared by the International Ragweed Society for the 2015 International Ragweed Day.
Announcing the International Ragweed Day - June 27, 2015
Based on the proposition of allergologist Prof. Dr. Kristof Nekam and Dr. Tamas Komives the General Assembly of IRS (held in Ascona, Switzerland on October 6, 2011) proclaimed the first Saturday of the summer The International Ragweed Day (IRD) to increase understanding and awareness of the problem this invasive weed causes all over the world. The day was chosen because it is early in the growing season of the plant thereby gives enough time for preparations and actions.
We are inviting our members to take part in the organizing work.
Ecology, biology, health problem and management of Ambrosia artemisiifolia
The French Observatory of ragweeds has produced a video on the issue of Ambrosia artemisiifolia for the general public. This movie shows many aspects of the ragweed problem, from biology to policy!
SMARTER Ophraella recognition card
The SMARTER Ophraella recognition card has been produced in English and translated to several languages. It is available for download in PDF format on this webpage.
Atopica scientists announce (click!) "Pollen is in the air: invasive plants and allergy in our changing environment"
The two-day conference of the EU funded project Atopica will take place in Brussels on March 5-6th, 2015.
The conference is about the combined impact of changes in climate, land use and air pollution on the highly invasive weed Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed) and its consequences on health.
It will take place at the Committee of the Regions, with the Atopica consortium reporting to journalists, policy makers, members of parliament and interested citizens. The conference will be a two-day event featuring talks by Atopica members, invited speakers and will include workshops, posters and round table sessions. Registration is now open on http://conference.atopica.eu or on www.atopica.eu/conference. Registration and attendance for the conference are free! For updated information please visit the conference website.
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Further infoRECENT LITERATURE
Recent literature on common ragweed is presented here.
"Ambrosia the first international ragweed review No. 29 - Summary"
Recent and upcoming meetings where ragweed-related problems are discussed.
1. Pollen is in the air: invasive plants and allergy in our changing environment. Brussels on March 5-6th, 2015
2. 3rd International Ragweed Conference. April 3-4, 2014, Milan, Italy
3. Ragweed as invasive plant. August 6-10, 2011, Honolulu, Hawaii
4. Environmental and invasive weeds. October 2-7, 2011, Ascona, Switzerland
5. Ragweed in agri-environment, September 20-22, 2011, Budapest, Hungary
6. Second International Ragweed Conference. March 28-29, 2012, Lyon, France. The conference closing remarks are readable here.
6. 25th German Conference on Weed Biology and Weed Control. March 13-15, 2012, Braunschweig, Germany.
7. First European Ecocycles Conference. July 22-26, 2013, Palermo, Italy.
Evaluated methods of ragweed control are listed here.
Ragweed pollen concentration map of Europe at the end of August is shown on this map.
NEWS FROM ITALY
Here you can read a brochure, a poster, and the Annual Report of the Local Health Authority of Milan. The files are in Italian but with plenty of figures: a strongly recommended reading.
Picture of the month
The best ragweed-related picture of the month: if you would like to see yours here, just send it to us!
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