Author Archives: Suzanne Lommen

External evaluation of SMARTER: highly successful Action

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).  

Identification leaflet on all 6 ragweed species in Europe

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)

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…

Call for students: field work on biocontrol and population dynamics of ragweed

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.

click here to enlarge flyercall Ambrosia-Ophraella 2016