Research projects

The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center has been able to fund 48 research projects to date. Each project addresses a top-rated terrestrial invasive species and at least one of the following research themes: early detection, management alternatives, response to climate change, and socio-economic impact.

All of MITPPC’s past and present projects are listed below by the species studied. If a species is not listed, we have not funded any research about it yet. Likewise, not each species ranked as a top threat may have a project associated with it yet.

Plant projects

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Barberry (hybrid; Berberis x ottawensis)

European common reed grass (Phragmites australis subsp. australis)

Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Lodgepole pine dwarf mistletoe (Arceuthobium americanum)

Plant pathogen projects

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Aster yellows (Candidatus Phytoplasma asteris)

Cereal cyst nematode disease (Heterodera latipons, H. filipjevi)

Potato brown rot (Ralstonia solanacearum, Race 3, biovar 2)

Invertebrate projects

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Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis)

Egyptian cottonworm (Spodoptera littoralis)

European grape berry moth (Eupoecilia ambiguella)

Old world bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera)

Sirex woodwasp (Sirex noctilio)