Welcome to the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) website. This portal will provide interested stakeholders current information about the University of Minnesota's terrestrial invasive species research efforts. This site also functions as the information conduit for University of Minnesota faculty interested in securing funds for research in this multi-disciplinary field.
MITPPC announces new research project on Palmer amaranth
In the fall of 2016, Palmer amaranth was discovered in west central Minnesota. It is believed that the seed was brought in with conservation seed mixes. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the MITPPC convened to discuss early detection efforts. UMN agronomist Don Wyse, in conjunction with collegues at the Kansas State and Colorado State universities, have proposed a novel research project to accurately identify Palmer amaranth seeds in conservation seed mixes. The cutting edge genetic research will begin immediately.
A half-day symposium with presentations by leading scholars in forest health, entomology, plant pathology and public land managers was held on the UMN St. Paul campus on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Speakers addressed current research into buckthorn's effects on the natural and agricultural environments. This inter-disciplinary, applied research focused symposium will recommend research questions to the MITPPC for future funding considerations. A white paper describing the recommendations will be forthcoming.
MITPPC announces publication of white paper on the relationship between soybean aphid and prairie butterflies
The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center and the Institute on the Environment co-sponsored a symposium on the relationship between soybean aphids and prairie butterflies. The event was the first time that scientists working on prairie butterflies and soybean aphids in Minnesota had met to discuss issues of mutual concern. Presentations from the symposium may be accessed on the Center's YouTube channel. The report's recommendation to the MITPPC is to "vigorously" assess and test the hypothesis that the potentially harmful effects of soybean aphid insecticide drift has led to the decline in prairie butterfly populations in the last ten years.
The Center announces grants awarded under Minnesota Laws 2015, Ch. 76, Sec. 2, Subd. 6
More than $4.6 million has been allocated to University of Minnesota faculty to research terrestrial invasive species. All research projects address one of the top 45 terrestrial invasive species, as identified in the MITPPC prioritization process and at least one of four research themes. Research will be conducted on some of the most vexing problems in invasion biology -- emerald ash borer, mountain pine beetle, soybean aphids, canary reed grass, garlic mustard, and sudden soybean death. Congratulations to all members of the research teams!