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Aerobiologia

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 371–374 | Cite as

A follow-up study examining airborne Ambrosia pollen in the Milan area in 2014 in relation to the accidental introduction of the ragweed leaf beetle Ophraella communa

  • M. BoniniEmail author
  • B. Šikoparija
  • M. Prentović
  • G. Cislaghi
  • P. Colombo
  • C. Testoni
  • Ł. Grewling
  • S. T. E. Lommen
  • H. Müller-Schärer
  • M. Smith
Brief Communication
The North American invasive alien Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. (common or short ragweed) is considered to be an important weed in agriculture and source of highly allergenic pollen (Smith et al. 2013; Essl et al. 2015 references therein) in many parts of the world, including Europe. The oligophagous leaf beetle Ophraella communa LeSage 1986 (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) preferably feeds from A. artemisiifolia, and is successfully used as a biological agent to control this weed in China (Zhou et al. 2014). It can prevent plants from producing seeds and pollen when it kills them before flowering. In 2013, this beetle was found to have accidentally established in Southern Switzerland and Northern Italy, with high incidence and densities in the Milan area (Müller-Schärer et al. 2014). The map showing the presence of the beetle has now been updated for 2014 (Fig.  1). We have previously shown, using linear regression models, that the exceptionally low amounts of airborne Ambrosiapollen...

Keywords

Aerobiology Ragweed Ophraella communa Biocontrol agent 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We acknowledge support from EU COST Action FA1203 “Sustainable management of Ambrosia artemisiifolia in Europe (SMARTER)” (http://ragweed.eu). This work was partly financed by ECOST-STSM-FA1203-250415-058150 to MS. Many thanks to Olivier Broennimann (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) for helping to produce Fig. 1.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Bonini
    • 1
    Email author
  • B. Šikoparija
    • 2
    • 3
  • M. Prentović
    • 2
  • G. Cislaghi
    • 1
  • P. Colombo
    • 1
  • C. Testoni
    • 1
  • Ł. Grewling
    • 4
  • S. T. E. Lommen
    • 5
  • H. Müller-Schärer
    • 5
  • M. Smith
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Medical Prevention, Public HealthLocal Health Authority of Milan 1ParabiagoItaly
  2. 2.Laboratory for Palynology, Department of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of SciencesUniversity of Novi SadNovi SadSerbia
  3. 3.BioSens InstituteNovi SadSerbia
  4. 4.Laboratory of Aeropalynology, Faculty of BiologyAdam Mickiewicz UniversityPoznańPoland
  5. 5.Department of BiologyUniversity of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland

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