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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Ragweed and allergies

Updated on 16/07/2018

Over the last few decades, allergies have become increasingly prevalent in the population in many countries, and especially in France. Pollen of the ragweed, which is an invasive exotic plant, causes allergic reactions in many people. ANSES is examining several species of ragweed in order to contribute to the prevention and management of their introduction and propagation. It is evaluating the risk of propagation of different ragweed species, and has also been asked to assess the risk of introduction of the small Ophraella communa beetle as a biological control solution to ragweed.

Keywords : Ragweed, Pollens, Allergy, Biological pest control

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