What are ragweeds? Why worry? What do we know? What you can do?
Please find all the answers to these questions in this leaflet prepared by the International Ragweed Society (in collaboration with L’Observatoire des ambroisies) for the 2017 International Ragweed Day.
Below, an identification tool (funded by the EU-COST-Action FA-1203) about Ambrosia in Europe (habitus, leaves, seed). You can get the pdf file (English version and Italian version).
In the frame of the International Ragweed Day, AFEDA publish a document about the use of a drone to take pictures about fields with and without treatment against ragweed. Results will be presented during the next general assembly of AFEDA in September (click on the picture to download the corresponding pdf file).
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.
Here is a video from the “GEO&GEO” program on Italian TV about a documentary on ragweed (at min 56:54, 1min30):
An external expert has evaluated SMARTER Action, based on the Final Action Report that was submitted concerning the entire duration of the Action.
The Action was valued a lot: “This was a highly successful action that contributed new understanding to the general problem of aggressive invasive species and more particularly proposed management schemes to limit the damage and spread of a particularly aggressive European invader. This combination of basic scientific knowledge and applied management schemes is one of the great strengths of this action.”
Find here the full summary.