Terrestrial invasive species prioritization
Amy Morey, Entomology
The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants & Pests Center (MITPPC) is committed to fair, accurate and responsive assessment of the invasive species landscape in our state in determining where research can make a difference. A prioritized funding model helps make the greatest impact with finite resources.
The MITPPC prioritization method relies upon a Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) often used in complex decision-making scenarios. It uses 17 criteria to rank priority of an invasive species for consideration, including factors like environmental and economic impact, ability to establish and spread and proximity to the state. The most highly rated weeds, pathogens, and invertebrates are eligible topics for MITPPC research funding.
The movement of invasive species calls for a timely, thorough review of emerging priorities like Palmer amaranth and jumping worms. This project assesses up to 50 species of plants, pests and pathogens as recommended by Minnesotans to update the prioritized list used for grant-making.
Amy Morey, principal investigator