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


9-12 October 2018 in 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. 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:


Mr Mark McNeill (AgResearch, New Zealand)

Mark McNeill is a scientist, working as part of the Biocontrol and Biosecurity team with the New Zealand Crown Research Institute AgResearch.  His background is applied entomology and his research has broadened from pest management and biocontrol of pasture pests, to focus on border and post-border biosecurity. Biosecurity research has included pathway risks associated with soil, including footwear associated with international tourists, mitigation approaches and survival of taxa in soil under differing levels of environmental exposure. Mark currently leads a New Zealand government funded Better Border Biosecurity (B3) programme to investigate the value of expatriate New Zealand native and agriculturally important sentinel plants to detect and identify insect pest and disease attack in host countries. The purpose is to achieve early identification of damage potential, identify biocontrol options to inform pest risk and pathways analysis and develop strategies to minimise risk. Associated research includes involvement in a B3 programme on tourism, biosecurity and pathways into New Zealand, and aims to identify risks associated with tourism and develop mitigation strategies to protect valuable environments (e.g. natural ecosystems, pastoral, horticultural, arable and forestry productive sectors). 

Mark has developed strong research collaborations with scientists in the USA and China and is a guest lecturer at Lincoln University.  He received his BAgSc in 1981 and his MAgSc in entomology in 1991, both from Lincoln University.


Dr Yuri Baranchikov (V.N. Sukachev Institute of Forest, Siberian Branch of the RASc, Krasnoyarsk, Russia)

Dr Yuri Baranchikov developed his career at Sukachev Institute of Forest, Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, located in the city of Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia. He got his PhD on Entomology in 1986 and from 1992 he is the Head of the Department of Forest Zoology of this Institute. His interests and research covered many aspects of forest insects' ecology and forest protection.

He was a principle investigator or an expert in many international projects. Yuri is an author of numerous publications in pear-reviewed journals, author and co-author of 6 books, scientific editor of 12 volumes of conference Proceedings.

Yuri and his team are currently studying adaptation mechanisms of invasive tandems of wood borers and associated pathogens in their secondary ranges with special attention to emerald ash borer and four-eyed fir bark beetle both in European and Asian parts of Russia.


Dr Therese Pluess (Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, Bern)

Therese Pluess holds a PhD in Biology. Her PhD thesis was embedded in the EU project PRATIQUE and she evaluated the feasibility of eradication campaigns against plant pests. Since 2011, Therese works as pest risk manager at the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and as such is part of the Swiss Federal Plant Protection Service. She is responsible for national risk management measures against quarantine pests in the forestry sector. She initiated an awareness building campaign to increase early detection of forestry pests such as the Asian Longhorned Beetle. Since 2016, Therese is deputy head of the Section Forest Protection and Health.


Dr Andrei Orlinski (EPPO, Paris)

Andrei Orlinski was born in Moscow (USSR) in 1956. After graduating from a specialized Moscow French school he attended Moscow State Forest University (Chair of Forest Protection) in 1973-1978. He worked in the National Plant Quarantine Research Institute (Moscow) first in the Department of Biological Control (1978-1990), and then as head of the Forest Quarantine Laboratory (1990-1994). Andrei worked as head of the Foreign and Forest Division of the NPPO of the Russian Federation in 1994-1995. Since 1995, Andrei works as a scientific officer in the Secretariat of the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) and since 2010 he is a member of the IPPC Technical Panel for the Glossary. In the EPPO Secretariat, Andrei is responsible for forest quarantine, the use of biological control agents, Russian translations and contacts with Russian-speaking experts, phytosanitary terminology. He also contributes to Pest Risk Analysis work and trainings, and checks and edits articles for the EPPO Bulletin.

Andrei Orlinski has a PhD and Doctor in Biology from the in Moscow Agricultural Academy (thesis titles "Elaboration of biological protection of tangerine plantations against quarantine and other dangerous pests", 1987, and "Pest Risk Analysis in Russia", 2006, respectively).


Dr Chris Malumphy (Fera, United Kingdom)

Chris Malumphy is an entomologist with 27 years' experience working in biosecurity and plant health. His current role includes developing Fera's science capabilities, managing and delivering research projects, and providing an identification service, training, consultancy and risk assessments on non-native invertebrate plant pests, for the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and other customers. Chris is a core-member of the England and Wales NPPO Plant Health Risk Group and the Defra Plant Health Publicity sub-committee. He has extensive overseas field experience studying invasive invertebrate plant pests in subtropical and tropical regions. Chris has recently participated in the International Plant Sentinel Network (ISPN), and delivered workshops on sentinel plants and invasive alien species in China, South Africa and the USA.


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


Important dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 May 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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