Sentinel plantings for detecting alien, potentially damaging tree pests: state of the art 2018


9-12 October 2018 in Sursee, Switzerland


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 offered presentations about these developments, which will be of interest to researchers in the field of forest protection and plant protection organisations.

Participants of the meeting posing outside the conference venue.


The varied programme include keynote lectures by four international experts and presentations of the outputs of COST Action FP1401 Global Warning, all during scientific sessions with oral presentations and posters. The programme and abstract book can be downloaded here.


The meeting was 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)





You can find additional information on the COST webpage




A copy of the Action's Memorandum of Understanding can be found here



COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme