The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 2014. The legislatively mandated purpose of the MITPPC is "to prevent and minimize the threats posed by terrestrial invasive plants, other weeds, pathogens, and pests in order to protect the state's prairies, forests, wetlands, and agricultural resources." In order to fulfill the mandate, the MITPPC has prioritized a list of 120 plants, pathogens, and pests and administers a competetive research grant program for University of Minnesota faculty.
The MITPPC is administratively located in the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences and works cooperatively with the College of Biological Sciences. The Center's researchers are drawn from throughout the University of Minnesota system, inlcuding the ten Research and Outreach Centers and University of Minnesota Extension.