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Minnesota State Capital building in St. Paul, MN. The sky is clear and blue and there are red flowers on the lawn in front of the building.

$6.23 Million from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund fuels terrestrial invasive species research at the University of Minnesota

June 7, 2022

The renewed support allows the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Pests and Plants Center to continue fostering the health of Minnesota's natural, cultural, and agricultural resources.

Brian Aukema inspects cut logs with damage from mountain pine beetle.

Expecting the mountain pine beetle

June 3, 2022

MITPPC-funded researchers are preparing for the impending arrival of a top threat to Minnesota’s trees.


Survivor elms

March 29, 2022

MITPPC-funded researchers are strategically wrangling the charismatic trees’ innate ability to fend off Dutch elm disease.


An image of an ash tree's leaves, which show damage from emerald ash borer. Around 2/3 of the leaves are green and the rest are brown and shriveled. The tree is against a clear blue sky.

Catch emerald ash borer before it infests new trees

March 8, 2022

Emerald ash borer is a top-ranked invasive species at MITPPC because of its severe economic and ecological impacts. Learn more about what you can do to help slow its spread. 

Rob Venette

A letter from the Director: 2021 in review

December 14, 2021

All of us in MITPPC wish you the happiest of holidays and a smooth 2022.

Amy Morey

Morey joins board of directors at NAISMA

November 17, 2021

The appointment brings MITPPC's outcome-oriented research to continental-scale efforts to improve invasive species management and outreach.

Canker fungi Rajtar used for research

Rooted in research

October 26, 2021

Nick Rajtar develops new tools for closing in on evasive tree pathogens in the field and in the lab.

Stacked logs

What’s hiding in that firewood?

October 25, 2021

Familiarize yourself with the invasive species that may be traveling around the state inside that bundle you bought. 

The new crown rust on glossy buckthorn

An enemy reunion

August 25, 2021

Nick Greatens, PhD student, suspects a deadly game of matchmaker could help eradicate invasive species.

An aerial view of Lake Superior at sunset.

Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund invests $8.75 million in invasive species research at the University of Minnesota

July 21, 2021

The support allows the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Pests and Plants Center and the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center to continue improving and protecting Minnesota's natural, aquatic, and agricultural resources.