WG 2 – Vegetation management


  • Improve knowledge about the biology of common ragweed, and identify those parts of its life cyle that are most sensitive for control
  • Understand the history and modes of spread of common ragweed, and actual degree of infestation throughout European countries
  • Evaluate the levels of adaptation enabling common ragweed to increase its invasive range
  • Optimization of non-chemical control like adaptive cutting regimes and seeding competitors

Expected deliverables

  • Recommendations for optimal cutting regimes in habitat types where other measures cannot be applied
  • Propose seed mixtures that work well at the regional level in outcompeting ragweed
  • Develop a concept for monitoring common ragweed populations in Europe

Cutting experiments in greenhouse, Austria. Photo: Ivana Milakovic, July 2009.  Mowing roadsides in Austria. Photo: Ivana Milakovic, June 2009.  Experimental plot along highway in Austria. Photo: Hannes Karrer, August 2011.


SMARTER_Gerhard-KarrerGerhard Karrer (AU), co-ordinator

Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU)
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Personal webpage at boku.ac.at
SMARTER_Gabriela-KazincziGabriela Kazinczi (HU), substitute

Georgikon Faculty of Agriculture, Keszthely, University of Veszprem, Hungary