An external expert has evaluated our Action, based on the Final Action Report that we submitted concerning the entire duration of the Action.
Our 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 (a single-page pdf, 135 kb).
Working Group 2 produced this manual on the Ambrosia soil seed bank. It is aimed at researchers and stakeholders that want to know how to assess the number of Ambrosia seeds in the soil.
manual soil-seed-bank-of-ambrosia (pdf)
The SMARTER Taxonomy Group produced a brochure on the identification of 6 ragweed species in Europe for scientists, stakeholders and the general public. It contains pictures of plants, leaves, and seeds and an up-to-date overview of their biological characteristics.
Leaflet of 6 Ambrosia Species (low quality pdf)
A trio representing SMARTER WG1, 2, and the TF Population Dynamics met 1-3 August in Nijmegen, Netherlands, enforced by a fourth participant through skype.
They worked on the integration of experimental data on roadside mowing regimes into demographic models of ragweed across Europe to project long-term effects of such management.
Preliminary results will be presented at the final SMARTER meeting in Luxembourg.
A small excursion to a nearby park with one of the few Dutch ragweed populations revealed that there were only 10 plants left. They will likely be pulled out by some biologists working nextdoor soon…
The Müller-Schärer Group of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland invites students to apply for a research period to participate in field research on biological control of ragweed by the accidentally introduced ragweed leaf beetle Ophraella communa, and on the population dynamics of ragweed. This includes experiments in Switzerland, Italy and France, with different collaborators from the SMARTER Task Forces Ophraella and Population Dynamics.
Applications can be submitted until 15 January 2016.
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