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The Romanian Senate has adopted in May 2023 a legislative proposal that obliges landowners to remove Ambrosia
artemisiifolia L. (also known as the common ragweed) throughout the year, forcing local authorities to penalize those
who do not eliminate this plant species. In this context, the present study aims to highlight the Romanian people’s
perceptions and attitudes on “ambrozia”, given the fact that this invasive plant represents nowadays a real threat to
environment and also to public health, its pollen causing allergic rhinitis.
In order to analyze the citizen’s knowledge about the common ragweed, between February and June 2023, an online
survey was launched. The anonymous questionnaire was filled out by 585 voluntary participants recruited online from
all over the country. The mixed views about the importance of A. artemisiifolia are discussed herein.
In addition, the Toolkit “STOP AMBROZIA” was created in April 2023 by Let’s Do It Romania - the partner of Faculty
of Agriculture within USAMV of Bucharest - and currently this useful resource can be consulted and free downloaded
accessing the Association’s website.
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