SMARTER meetings Vianden ‐ Luxembourg, 11‐13 September 2016

The Final SMARTER Conference will be held on 13 September in Vianden, Luxembourg. Funding for the SMARTER network will end in November, and so this is the last largest meeting where the main achievements of the Action will be presented by SMARTER members.

The Conference will be preceded by smaller meetings on 11 Sept (WG2) and 12 Sept (Core Group, Managament Committee, TF Population Dynamics).

The latest version of the conference programme and abstracts book can be found below (link to pdf):

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Training School on “Classical biological control of ragweed and other invasive weeds”

The Training School was organized by CABI (Benno Augustinus and Dr Urs Schaffner) and held at the CABI Switzerland Centre (Delémont, Switzerland) from 22-26 August 2016.

The one-week course brought together 10 young scientists from 7 counties, who worked on topics closely related to invasive plant species and biological control. The young researchers had the opportunity to get profound knowledge on the history of and current methodologies and regulations in classical biological control (CBC) of weeds and a short introduction in CBC of arthropod pests from leading experts (Prof. Heinz Müller-Schärer, Dr Urs Schaffner and Dr Philip Weyl), to do group work to design host-range studies of biocontrol agents against common ragweed and practical training in ongoing CBC projects at the CABI Centre.

The Training school gave participants new knowledge, new ideas, new contacts and the chance for further collaboration.

Participants in the SMARTER Training School on “Classical biological control of ragweed and other invasive weeds”

Participants in the SMARTER Training School on “Classical biological control of ragweed and other invasive weeds”

Issue 39 of the newsletter of the French Observatory of ragweeds

The 39th issue of the newsletter of the French Observatory of ragweeds has now been published (link below). This monthly newsletter aims to provide general and scientific information on the latest news concerning ragweed species and more particularly common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.).

Issue 39 of the newsletter of the French Observatory of ragweeds

Previous newsletters (in French) from the Ragweeds Observatory are online on the Observatory website: http://www.ambroisie.info/pages/actu.htm.

Anyone interested in receiving this newsletter can contact . Most issues are in French, just a few issues are in English (two or three newsletters will be translated each year).

Modelling the impact of ragweed management meeting

grouppictureA trio representing SMARTER WG1, 2, and the TF Population Dynamics met 1-3 August in Nijmegen, Nefigure effect of mowingtherlands, 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…