Summer 2014, a television crew visited the University of Fribourg research facilities in Switzerland, and two field sites in Italy where an international team led by Heinz Müller-Schärer has been investigating the effects of the ragweed leaf beetle Ophraella communa.
Watch the resulting movies that were broadcast on the popular science shows Nano (Switzerland) or Einstein (Austria, Germany, Switzerland). The potential benefits for the control of ragweed, and the potential risks for other plant species are presented.
The movies are in German, but you can anyway enjoy the images of flying beetles and Ambrosia pollen without understanding the spoken words! The websites contain additional interviews on the Ambrosia problem.