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The Worldwide Spread, Success, and Impact of Ragweed (Ambrosia spp.)

Montagnani, C., Gentili, R., Smith, Matt, Guarino, M. F. and Citterio, S. (2017) The Worldwide Spread, Success, and Impact of Ragweed (Ambrosia spp.). Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences, 36 (3). pp. 139-178. ISSN 0735-2689 Online:1549-7836

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Abstract

The Ambrosia species represent one of the most problematic groups of invasive weeds around the world. The ease with which they are introduced and spread in new countries, their generalist ecological requirements, and functional traits facilitate their invasion and subsequent naturalization in new areas. All of these aspects contribute to increasing their global social and economic impact, which is mostly related to pollen allergy. Here we analyze available scientific publications about Ambrosia artemisiifolia, A. psilostachya, A. tenuifolia, and A. trifida, with the aim of defining the current level of knowledge and summarizing important data that are currently scattered throughout the literature. Specifically, we analyzed the following: (1) their current global distribution and current stage of invasion; (2) traits and requirements promoting their introduction, reproductive success, and adaptation to climate and environment in the nonnative range; as well as (3) current knowledge about allergens and elements increasing their impact.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Ambrosia artemisiifolia, A. psilostachya, A. tenuifolia, A. trifia, invasive alien plants, pollen allergy
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QK Botany
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Matthew Smith
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 11:57
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 13:55
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5917

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