The French Observatory of ragweed has recorded more than 80 events for the International Ragweed Day. Almost half of them took place in the Auvergne – Rhône-Alpes region, the most infested region of France. See details here.
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.
The International Ragweed Society (IRS) is pleased to offer 6 grants to attend ICA2018 in Parma, Italy (3 oral presentations and 3 posters) for young ragweed researchers (up to 31 years of age).
Only applicants with an accepted abstract can be granted. Applications are expected from researchers studying any aspect of Ragweed and must be or become members of IRS (fee 2016-2017: 50 € or 30€ if student; http://www.alphavisa.com/esa/fees/membership-irs.php).
Those who are awarded a grant will receive a contribution of 220 € for their participation to the “2-day ragweed package” (3rd-4th September of 2018).
Sarah LABRUYERE and Marilou MOTTET from the French ragweed observatory ( http://www.ambroisie-blog.org/) took their microphone and camera to meet researchers working on Ophraella communa. Here is a 5 min video (in French) to present the case of this chrysomelid which is predatory of Ambrosia artemisiifolia.
(with the participation of Bruno Chauvel and Heinz Mueller-Schaerer).