About Us


Leading the way to prevent and control terrestrial invasive species

The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center was founded by the Minnesota Legislature and started operating in 2015 to research the prevention, detection, and control of terrestrial invasive species (TIS). TIS cost Minnesota abut $3 billion annually, and can wreak havoc on Minnesota’s agricultural resources, forests, prairies, and wetlands. MITPPC is the only research center of its kind in the country, and we've accomplished a lot in our first five years, from inventing a tool to diagnose oak wilt on the spot to creating a new line of soybeans that are resistant to aphids. Every day, our researchers use transformative science to find pragmatic solutions to TIS issues that will have results far beyond Minnesota. Click here to learn more about our research

Benefits of a Center approach 

  • We prioritize research on the greatest terrestrial invasive species threats to Minnesota (check out the prioritized list of 120 plants, pathogens, and pests here
  • We bring together multidisciplinary researchers from across the University and partners from around the state 
  • We take a programmatic approach that makes thoughtful, worthwhile investments to solve complex problems

Our funding

Financial support is largely provided by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative and Citizen Commission for Minnesota Resources.

Where we fit at the University

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 College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Science and Engineering. The Center's researchers are drawn from throughout the University of Minnesota system, including the ten Research and Outreach Centers and University of Minnesota Extension.

About terrestrial invasive species

A terrestrial invasive species is any land-based plant, animal, insect or microbe that enters a new environment and causes harm. Invasive species can spread rapidly and cause harm to the ecosystem, economy and human health.

Terrestrial invasive species threaten our food system.

Today’s farmers face a growing list of invaders in the field, from stink bugs to Palmer’s pigweed. That’s why they’re teaming up with MITPPC researchers to develop smarter ways of fighting back – reducing pesticide use, lowering cost, protecting important native species and more.

Terrestrial invasive species harm our forests, wildlife and recreation.

Invasive species can have a major effect on our ability to enjoy the great outdoors. They can overtake favorite walking trails; replace beautiful scenery with rough or bare terrain; and drive wildlife and game out. MITPPC researchers are actively working to protect native trees from problems like buckthorn, pine beetles and oak wilt.

Terrestrial invasive species affect our daily lives.

Invasive species cost Minnesotans roughly $3 billion each year. Invaders show up in new places all the time, and they can hitch a ride on people and their belongings. MITPPC researchers help map out what future invasive species problems could look like as human habits and the environment continue to change.


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"Minnesota Native Landscapes" by National Renewable Energy Lab is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0