Third International Ragweed Conference

The very successful conference was held

on April 3-4, 2014 in Rho (Milan), Italy.

The Final Program is downloadable here.

For updated information please visit the conference website.

Pictures taken at the conference can be seen in video format here.

General Assembly 2014 (the Minutes are readable here)

Congratulations for the Society's new leaders!

President: Dr. Maira Bonini, Italy

Vice President: Dr. Uwe Starfinger, Germany

Secretary General: Dr. Michel Thibaudon, France

Treasurer: Dr. Marie Chapgier-Labiossiere

Further members of the Committee: Dr. T. Komives, Dr. R. Albertini, P. Comptois, L. Makra, H. Muller-Scharer

Announcing the International Ragweed Day - June 21, 2014

Based on the proposition of allergologist Prof. Dr. Kristof Nekam and Dr. Tamas Komives (President of IRS) the General Assembly of IRS (held in Ascona, Switzerland on October 6, 2011) proclaimed the first Saturday of the summer The International Ragweed Day (IRD) to increase understanding and awareness of the problem this invasive weed causes all over the world. The day was chosen because it is early in the growing season of the plant thereby gives enough time for preparations and actions.

We are urging our members to take part in the organizing work.

Please read information on the actions in Croatia 1, Italy 1, 2, 3 4, and 5, and France 1, 2, 3, and 4.


Welcome to our organization

The Society has been created by researchers studying the common ragweed plant.

The main cause of allergy and pollen asthma in North America and Central Europe is pollen from ragweed (Ambrosia) a widespread genus in the Asteraceae. In Europe short or common ragweed (A. artemisiifolia) is prevalent.

This situation requires a tight monitoring of he plant and the implement of strong control strategy involving not only farmers but also the staff managing natural areas, road sides, building- and gravel industries.

The destruction of many single plant foci may help reducing the number of seeds produced and may slow therefore the spreading of ragweed.

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