About PestNet

What is PestNet?

PestNet is an email network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests. Topics include pest identifications from digital images, pest outbreak alerts, pest management (biological, cultural, and chemical), and quarantine interceptions. Daily, posts are provided on topics of interest gleaned from the world’s press and online journals and websites.

Who’s it for?

Membership to PestNet is free, and open to people who belong to government research and extension agencies, scientific organisations, universities and schools, and the private sector. We welcome membership from farmers. In fact, PestNet is open to anyone who: (1) has an interest in crop protection, (2) has a question to ask, (3) information to give, or (4) has an announcement to make. All you need is online access, an interest in plant protection and being part of a worldwide network.

Why is there a need for PestNet?

Crop pests – insects, pathogens and weeds – are always present, damaging crops grown for home consumption, domestic markets or for export. New pests can spread from country to country and threaten agricultural production and biodiversity.

If growers and plant health professionals in the region are to manage pest problems and protect their rural industries, they need access to specialist scientific and technical advice on the identification and management of plant pests. And they need it quickly and cheaply. PestNet, with hundreds of members worldwide, can help.


To join Pestnet either login to the communities centre via social media or an existing account. Or create yourself a free account and select to visit the Pestnet community.

Get the PestNet App

The PestNet community can also be accessed via our easy to use mobile app.

Android PestNet appApple iOS PestNet app


If you have any questions about the PestNet community please contact us.