The IPSN is a EUPHRESCO project (2017-2020) comprising partners from a number of European and international institutes; all of which have extensive experience working within plant health. Between them these partners have a wealth of knowledge concerning global plant health and have worked both collaboratively and independently on similar research projects:



 Agricultural Research and analysis of the Economy Council (CREA)

The Research Council for Agriculture Research and Economics, CREA is a National Research Organization which operates under the supervision of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; it gathers scientific competence and skills in agriculture, agroindustry, food, fishery and forestry. The mission of the Centre aims to define sustainable control methods in integrated and organic agrosystems. It is national reference for defense and certification of pre-reproductive material. It deals with inspection and certification of seed producers’ materials, the evaluation of the requirements for entry or release of deprivation of plant varieties. In the Centre in Florence, studies are focused on protection of agro- and forest-ecosystems from damage caused by insects, mites, nematodes and superior animals, by paying particular attention to methods of integrated and biological control, reduction of environmental impact. Research projects to support the Italian Ministry of Agriculture in the networking area of pest control and estimations of their impacts are carried out every year.



Better Border Biosecurity

The Better Border Biosecurity (B3) group from New Zealand ran the Expat Plants Pilot Project which identified teams of scientists in Europe, North America and Australia who were able to detect pests and diseases amongst plantings of New Zealand endemic species. B3 now wishes to build on this earlier project by contributing on behalf of New Zealand to the IPSN. Find out more about B3 and their involvement in the IPSN here.

New Zealand


CABI generates and increases access to scientific knowledge. It delivers change through development projects to improve crop yields, combat agricultural pests and microbial diseases, protect biodiversity and safeguard the environment, which enables the world’s poorest communities to feed themselves.

Switzerland & the United Kingdom


Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture


Czech Republic


Core Facility Botanical Garden University of Vienna



Botanic Gardens Conservation International, Fera Science Ltd. and the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) are coordinating the development of the IPSN who represent over 700 members, mostly botanic gardens, in 118 countries. BGCI provide support to members and the wider conservation community so that their knowledge and expertise can be applied to reversing the threat of extinction facing at least 20% of all plants.

Their contribution to the project is supported by Fera Science Ltd, and funded bu the UK's Defra.

United Kingdom


Botanic Garden Meise and the Federal Public Service of Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment




Julius Kuehn Institute (JKI) and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

The Julius Kühn Institut (JKI), Germany, Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, is both a federal research institute and a higher federal authority. Its main office is located in Quedlinburg (Saxony-Anhalt). The Institute focuses on cultivated plants and consequently carries out research in the fields of plant genetics, cultivation of crops, plant nutrition, soil science, plant protection and plant health. This allows the JKI to develop holistic concepts for crop cultivation as a whole, ranging from crop production to plant care,




Plant Health Australia





Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and the Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture


United Kingdom



Suleyman University




Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences






University of Copenhagen

The Danish contribution to IPSN early-warning system will be to work on:

  • Overview of our knowledge on the fate of woody plants introduced to our botanical gardens and arboretums.
  • Which specific information can we find on establishment success or failure
  • List of our native tree species for which we would like similar information from abroad
  • Overview of information available on our native species from abroad
  • Possible participation in establishment of nurseries with Danish species under exotic conditions
  • Contribution to matters of common project interest



University of Lleida (UdL)

The University of Lleida (UdL) is a multidisciplinary university with a great component in Agricultural and Forestry studies. These are concentred the School of Agrifood and Forestry Science and Engineering (ETSEA), which is one of the most important agrifood and Forestry campus of Spain. The department of Crop and Forest Sciences deals with the subjects related to the Plant Health in agro-, forest- and urban-  ecosystems.

The Arboretum and Botanic Garden of Lleida wants to contribute to contribute to a better knowledge of the vegetal world and disseminate it to the society. On the base of a plant collection, especially trees ordered according to 6 world’s biomas and 16 environments, the main study subjects are: biodiversity, genetic resources and sustainable gardening and pest management.



University of Tuscia-DIBAF

The Department for Innovation in Biological, Agro-food and Forest systems (DIBAF), University of Tuscia in Italy, is a multidisciplinary research and teaching department whose aim is the scientific innovation and technological processes of exploitation, conservation and the management of biological systems and forest resources. Other research topics relate to transformation processes and food safety, human health and environment chemistry, with special attention to environmental sustainability.




US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

This includes the work of the Sentinel Plant Network, which is a collaboration between the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and the National Plant Detection Network (NDPN) in the U.S. The network’s mission is ‘to contribute to plant conservation by engaging public garden professionals, volunteers, and visitors in the detection and diagnosis of high consequence pests and pathogens’. It is well established within the U.S. with, to date, over 200 member gardens representing 44 states and the District of Columbia, three Canadian provinces, Costa Rica and Mexico. Find out more about the U.S. Sentinel Plant Network here


United States

Plant Health Institutes from are able, and welcome, to join and become Euphreso Partners at anytime throughout the lifetime of the project. For more information please contact Katherine O'Donnell (