Adaptation in common ragweed

Common ragweed (Ambrosisa artemisiifolia) is an invasive species all over the globe. My work examines the potential of ragweed to adapt in the near future and how it has already adapted to its new habitats. To achieve these goals, I am growing up seeds collected from both the native (North America) and invasive (Europe) ranges of ragweed. Ragweed has economic, ecological and human health impacts. It is an agricultural weed, can take over habitats such as river banks and old fields, and causes hay fever in ~10% of the population. My work will provide insights for land managers seeking to eradicate ragweed.

Principal Investigator: John Stinchcombe

Researcher: Brechann McGoey

 

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