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Sentinel plantings for detecting alien, potentially damaging tree pests: State of the Art 2018

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9-12 October

Sursee, Switzerland

Alien pests and pathogens of woody plants can have significant impact on biodiversity, the economy and ecosystem services. The number of such harmful organisms increases worldwide as a result of intercontinental movement of people and goods, and national plant protection organisations strive to prevent further introductions. One difficulty they face is the poor knowledge about new pests and pathogens.

Sentinel plantings are a relatively new tool for the detection, identification and risk assessment of potentially harmful species in the exporting country, allowing better prevention and management in the importing country. Recent research has indicated the value of sentinel plants and made suggestions for the design of sentinel plantings, identification of pests and pathogens, and the use of collected data. This conference will offer presentations about these developments, which will be of interest to researchers in the field of forest protection and plant protection organisations.

More details and a preliminary programme will be made available soon on the Congress website:

The programme will include:

    Keynote lectures by international experts
    Presentations of the outputs of COST Action FP1401 Global Warning
    Scientific sessions – oral presentations and posters

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr Mark McNeill (AgResearch, New Zealand)
  • Prof Yuri Baranchikov (V.N. Sukachev Institute of Forest, Siberian Branch of the RASc, Krasnoyarsk, Russia)
  • Dr Therese Pluess (Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, Bern)
  • Dr Andrei Orlinski (EPPO, Paris)
  • Dr Chris Malumphy (Fera, United Kingdom)

Abstract submission and registration can be done by following this link.

 Important dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: 30 April 2018.

Decisions on presentations expected before the end of May.

Deadline for registration: 15 June 2018.

The meeting is co-organised by COST Action FP1401 Global Warning (, Botanical Gardens Conservation International (, the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation (, CABI Switzerland ( and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (

Scientific Committee:

  • Dr Simone Prospero (WSL)
  • Prof Irena Papazova (COST Action Global Warning)
  • Dr Andrei Orlinski (EPPO)
  • Dr Suzanna Sharrock (BGCI)
  • Dr René Eschen (COST Action Global Warning, CABI)


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