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Title: A worldwide perspective of the legislation and regulations governing sentinel plants
Authors: Vettraino, Anna Maria 
Santini, Alberto
Nikolov, Christo
Grégoire, Jean Claude
Tomov, Rumen
Orlinski, Andrei
Maaten, Tiit
Sverrisson, Halldór
Økland, Bjørn
Eschen, René
Issue Date: 2020
© 2019, Springer Nature Switzerland AG. Sentinel plants, plants in exporting countries that are inspected at regular intervals for signs and symptoms of invertebrate pests and microbial pathogens, are a promising tool for detecting and identifying harmful organisms of woody plants prior to their introduction into importing countries. Monitoring of sentinel plants reveals crucial information for pest risk analyses and the development of mitigation measures. The establishment of sentinel plants requires the import and plantation of non-native plants, which may be affected by the laws, regulations and administrative procedures in the individual countries. To evaluate the feasibility of sentinel plants as a global approach, this study aimed to summarise regulations and administrative procedures that affect the establishment of sentinel plants using non-native plants in countries worldwide. Information about national regulations of import and planting of non-native plant species was collected through a questionnaire survey, conducted among national representatives to the International Plant Protection Convention. Over 40 countries responded. The results show that legislations and regulations should not be major obstacles for a global use of the sentinel plants approach. However, the few existing experiences show that it can be complicated in practice. Here we describe the current state of art of the procedures that should be adopted to establish sentinel plants and we propose a strategy to circumvent the shortcomings resulting from the lack of a specific regulation.
ISSN: 1573-1464
DOI: 10.1007/s10530-019-02098-3
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
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