IPSN Launch at the 5th Global Botanic Gardens Congress
5 November 2013The International Plant Sentinel Network (IPSN) was launched at the 5th Global Botanic Gardens Congress, 20th-25th October 2013. The congress was held in the beautiful city of Dunedin, New Zealand, whose botanic gardens were celebrating their 150th birthday. The 5 day conference was attended by over 300 delegates from 43 countries and included 17 plenary talks, 12 organised symposia and over 80 contributed papers, as well as a poster display and a number of specialised workshops. The theme of the congress was 'Celebrating success; the influence and appeal of botanic gardens'.
The IPSN launch was included as part of a symposium titled ‘Sentinel plants for biosecurity risk assessment’ hosted by Better Border Biosecurity (B3) New Zealand which aimed to raise awareness of the value of botanic gardens and plant collections internationally to assist in the identification of potential plant pests which could threaten indigenous plants in their area of origin.