MITPPC blog

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Summer 2024 research activities

June 18, 2024

Summer is an especially busy season for our research teams. Learn about some of the activities they're engaged in this year across the state of Minnesota.

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Meet the researcher: Vinni Thekkudan Novi and advanced forest pathogen diagnostics

May 22, 2024

Vinni Thekkudan Novi's innovative testing approach to detect oak wilt offers real-time results visible to the naked eye in the field.

crown rust on buckthorn

Submit field observations of diseased or dying buckthorn

May 21, 2024

Help MITPPC researchers during the 2024 field season by reporting observations of diseased or dying buckthorn.

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Phenology data tool helps optimize timing of invasive plant management

April 16, 2024

MITPPC researchers develop a new online tool to ease management planning for wild parsnip and Japanese knotweed, despite fluctuating weather patterns in Minnesota.

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Enhanced computational approaches boost invasive plant predictive power

March 15, 2024

Skilled U of M researchers bring together ecology, evolution, genomics, invasion biology, weed sciences, remote sensing, and artificial intelligence to improve predictive maps for key invasive species in Minnesota, namely common tansy and leafy spurge.

reed canarygrass and glossy buckthorn infected with crown rust

A crown rust fungus could help manage glossy buckthorn and reed canarygrass

March 5, 2024

Though some crown rust fungi are known to cause widespread damage to oat and barley crops, new research suggests a close relative of these major pathogens may be a valuable asset in managing glossy buckthorn and reed canarygrass.

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Entomopathogenic fungi may be the key to biocontrol for emerald ash borer

February 16, 2024

MITPPC researchers blaze a trail toward effective biocontrol for emerald ash borer. They’ve identified fungi associated with the beetles that are capable of attacking and killing EAB.

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Publication roundup: 25 papers in 2023

February 15, 2024

In 2023, researchers with MITPPC including faculty, research staff, postdocs, and students published 25 new works investigating issues in terrestrial invasive species.

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Kicking off 13 research projects in 2024

February 13, 2024

Newly-funded research teams investigate invasive species issues involving oak wilt, Phytophthora, jumping worms, Japanese beetles, non-native Phragmites, honeysuckle, and more. See what's new in 2024.

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Innovative detection system allows researchers to differentiate oak wilt and drought

February 6, 2024

Oak forests play a vital role in our ecosystem, providing climate regulation and erosion control across North America. However, these forests face compounding threats from drought and oak wilt, and it can be challenging to tell these two issues apart.