The Dunedin Botanic Garden seems likely to become part of a
new project aimed at setting up a global network of tree and
plant health ''sentinels'', garden curator Alan Matchett said
New Zealand AgResearch scientists have been approached to
join the International Plant Sentinel Network, an
international monitoring network which enables warnings of
plant pests and diseases to be shared.
Mr Matchett said the network would be discussed at the Global
Botanic Gardens Congress tomorrow and, while many details
remained to be discussed and confirmed, he was excited that
the Dunedin Garden could be involved in the network.
The Dunedin Botanic Garden and the Larnach Castle Gardens
were two of only six New Zealand gardens officially
recognised by the New Zealand Gardens Trust as being of
international significance, he said.