Prevent and minimize harm posed by invasive species
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 competitive 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 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.
Financial support is largely provided by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative and Citizen Commission for Minnesota Resources.
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.