Dunedin to join network

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.

- john.gibb@odt.co.nz

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