Members Login

All IPSN resources are available in the 'Members login' area which can be accessed at the top of the screen using your IPSN members login. This area also includes open forums to discuss issues/ask questions/share information and links to existing recources and databases from around the world.

If you are not currently an IPSN member garden, you can find out how to get involved by going to 'Get involved'. Membership is free, and will see your garden becoming a part of an international network of botanic gardens and arboreta contributing to the safeguarding of global plant health.

If you are already an IPSN member but require a login or have forgotton your login details please do not hesitate to get in touch.


IPSN Resources

The IPSN has developed a number of resources to aid plant health/biosecurity activities in botanic gardens and arboreta. This includes providing guidance on types of pests and diseases, good biosecurity practise, information (and identification guides) for current threats plus much more. 

The network has created a standard surveying form to support monitoring/surveying actitivies. The IPSN Plant Health Checker has been specifically designed to help assess damage in trees with unknown pest/disease problems. It helps garden staff to survey, record damage and generally assess health problems in tree species. The forms can be downloaded below:

A comprehensive guide with pictures is available in the members login area. This guide includes how to carry out the surveys as well as pictures of 'typical' signs and symptoms. The surveys are also available in Chinese.



The IPSN members login includes a list of useful and open access databases from around the world. Information included in these databases ranges from images of signs and symptoms of pests and diseases, to information on current plant species kept within botanic garden plant collections.


Other Resources

The members login includes a wealth of information and links to other websites that contain great resources for plant health and biosecurity. These include fact sheets, games and activities which give information about local, regional and/or global threats and biosecurity issues in general tailored towards children and/or citizen scientists:


Diagnostic support

The IPSN promotes communication and cooperation at a local level between participating gardens and institutes involved in plant health. Often this will be local universities, diagnostic laboratories or, for particulalry damaging organisms that are of national concern, relevant National Plant Protection Organisations (NPPOs) and Regional Plant Protection Organisations (RPPOs) will need to be informed. Information on plant health governance and the various RPPOs and NPPOs (including, where possible, contact details) is available through the members login.



Barham, E. (2016). An Early Warning System for New and Emerging Plant Pest and Disease Risks: A Network of Botanic Gardens and Arboreta. BGjournal, 13(2), 04-08

Barham, E., Sharrock, S., Lane, C., & Baker, R. (2015). An International Plant Sentinel Network. Sibbaldia: the Journal of Botanic Garden Horticulture, (13), 83-98.

Barham, E., Sharrock, S., Lane, C., & Baker, R. (2016). The International Plant Sentinel Network: a tool for Regional and National Plant Protection Organizations. EPPO Bulletin, 46(1), 156-162.

Clemens J. & Brockerhoff E. (2016). Contributions of Christchurch Botanic Gardens to Plant Health and Biosecurity in New Zealand. BGjournal, 13(2), 12-15

Dong, H. (2016). Morphological and Molecular Identification of Common Nursery and Landscape Pests in Shenzhen, China. BGjournal, 13(2), 16-19

Grimshaw, J. (2016). Tree Health, IPSN and the Yorkshire Arboretum. BGjournal, 13(2), 09-11

Roques, A., Fan, J. T., Courtial, B., Zhang, Y. Z., Yart, A., Auger-Rozenberg, M. A., ... & Sun, J. H. (2015). Planting sentinel European trees in eastern Asia as a novel method to identify potential insect pest invaders. PloS one, 10(5), e0120864.