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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European common reed grass (Phragmites australis subsp. australis)

Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii, L. tatarica)

Lodgepole pine dwarf mistletoe mistletoe (Arceuthobium americanum)

Invertebrate projects

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Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis)

Egyptian cottonworm (Spodoptera littoralis)

European grape berry moth (Eupoecilia ambiguella)

Mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae)

Old world bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera)

Sirex woodwasp (Sirex noctilio)

photograph of researcher capturing spotted wing drosophila with nets in a grape vine crop row
Researcher studying insects on grapes