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The International Plant Health Sentinel Network - an early warning system for future plant threats - PH0485

The main aim is to draw on the IPSN, an established network of botanic gardens, arboreta, plant protection scientists and NPPOs that work collaboratively to provide key information on new and emerging threats to plant health. This Euphresco project will build on the work of the previous project which put in place the tools and resources needed to support the network effectively. The Euphresco partners will form a network of researchers contributing to sentinel research work; by working together, the partners will provide access to an expanded pool of expertise, diagnostic services and funding. Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) will coordinate the network. Supported by BGCI, partners will also help to establish participation from and strong links to botanic gardens and arboreta within their own (and potentially neighbouring) countries, and help to build plant health capacity and capability within these institutes.
This project will specifically focus on enhancing early detection of new and emerging pests and diseases by raising awareness of plant health issues amongst botanic gardens and arboreta (first detection) and by the provision of tools, such as surveys, posters and leaflets to aid early detection. The project wil provide coordination for multi-country surveys for priority organisms using relevant botanic gardens and arboreta (in specific countries/regions with particular host species) identified using BGCI’s unique databases. Further to this the IPSN will develop plant health capability and capacity in botanic gardens and arboreta to support general monitoring activities. This will include providing training to botanic gardens and arboreta in both EPPO and priority countries and developing materials to aid surveys. The project will support PRAs through research coordination and evidence gathering to address knowledge gaps. This includes identifying research priorities from NPPOs (and RPPOs) and coordinating access to trusted botanic gardens and arboreta data, as well as coordinating the activities of research partners, evaluation activities and data sharing.
Ultimately, the IPSN will move towards becoming a self-sustainable network. Phase 1 of the IPSN established a basis for such a network, but required high levels of support. During the second phase, it is anticipated that the coordination function will increasingly be supported by the members of the network themselves. Sustainability will be enhanced through the development of an on-line reporting tool and the integration of pest and disease surveillance and reporting into the normal working of botanic garden staff. Furthermore, BGCI recognises the importance of the IPSN and coordination of the network at some level is anticipated as a continuing, core activity for BGCI.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2017

To: 2020

Cost: £61,500
Contractor / Funded Organisations
BGCI (Botanic Garden Conservation International)
Fields of Study
Plant Health