The Core Group meeting took place on the 20 January 2015 at the COST Office in Brussels. The meeting commenced with an overview of the Action’s status from the Chair, Heinz Müller-Schärer, and an update from the Grant Holder, Ioanna Stavridou (COST Office). The Working Group and Task Force leaders also discussed the Objectives and Scientific Planning (past, present, and future) of their respective groups in relation to the memorandum of understanding.
The Task Force Northern Countries meeting was organised by Carsten Skjoth from the University of Worcester, and took place on the 20 January 2015 before the start of the SMARTER Core Group and Management Committee meetings that were held at the COST Office in Brussels.
The objective of the Task Force meeting was to identify sustainable, substantial and long term collaboration among the Northern countries, in particular the North Sea Region. The North Sea region was selected because it is the major geographical risk area (in relation to population exposure) that has not yet been invaded by ragweed but has the potential to be invaded.
A number of SMARTER members presented their work on ragweed at Neobiota 2014, the 8th International Conference on Biological Invasions: From understanding to action (3-8 November, Antalya, Turkey).
The 15 studies presented covered a range of different topics, including: distribution patterns and pathways of introduction in particular countries, understanding phenotypic variation and the invasion process, testing the effects of herbicides and biological control methods, and successful management strategies.
Poster presentations by SMARTER members about ragweed
- Christian Bohren (Switzerland): Experiences with Ambrosia in Switzerland
- Müller-Schärer & Lommen (Switzerland): EU-COST Action on “Sustainable management of Ambrosia artemisiifolia in Europe“ (COST FA1203-SMARTER)
- Sava Vrbnicanin et al. (Serbia): Response of ragweed to herbicides: imazamox, tribenuron-methyl and glyphosate
- Ana Matkovic et al. (Serbia) : Effect of essential oils on germinated seeds of ragweed
- Hana Skálová et al. (Czech Republic): Factors shaping the distribution of Ambrosia artemisiifolia in the Czech Republic
- Erzsébet Nadasy et al. (Hungary): Biological characteristics of common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) – the most dangerous weed in Hungary
- William Ortmans et al. (Belgium): Disentangling the sources of phenotypic variation in Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.: the role of seed traits
- Tóth et al. (Slowakia, Switzerland): Ragweed leaf beetle: a friend or a foe?
Oral presentations by SMARTER members about ragweed
- Uwe Starfinger (Germany): Can the invasion of common ragweed be halted? New insights from an international project
- Baruch Rubin (Israel): Ambrosia confertiflora in Israel – weed invasion and possible management
- Božena Mitić (Croatia): Invasive alien plants in Croatia – distributional patterns and range size
- Hüseyin Önen (Turkey): The Black Sea highway: the route of common ragweed invasion in Turkey
- Suzanne Lommen (Switzerland): A SMARTER approach to assess the impact of an established, exotic leaf beetle on invasive ragweed Europe
- Heinz Müller-Schärer (Switzerland): The ragweed leaf beetle landed in Europe: fortunate introduction or threat?
- Florencia Yannelli (Germany): Limiting similarity by functional group resemblance: Preventing plant invasion during grassland restoration