• Mountain pine beetle damaged forest

The University of Minnesota's Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center was appropriated $3.5 million from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund in the most recent legislative session. The funds will be used for high priority terrestrial invasive species research at the University of Minnesota. We are grateful to the Minnesota legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton for this important investment in Minnesota's agricultural and natural resources. 


MITPPC received 12 research pre-proposals, totaling $4.7 million in its most recent Request for Proposals. Each of the pre-proposals will undergo a thorough internal technical review by University of Minnesota faculty and post-doctoral associates. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full research proposal later this spring. 


Recently funded research through ENRTF

Dwarf mistletoe detection and management, Marcella Windmuller-Campione, Forest Resources, College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences. 
Fungi in ash trees: towards protecting trees from emerald ash borer and new diseases, Robert Blanchette, Plant Pathology, College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Sciences. 
Understanding the benefits and limitations of using goats for invasive plant control, Tiffany Wolf, Veterninary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine. 
Genetic control of invasive insect species: Phase I, Michael Smanski, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics and Biotechnology Institute, College of Biological Sciences. 






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  • Buckthorn: uniting farmers and foresters, scientists and citizens, Nov.  14, 2017
  • Soybean aphid and prairie butterflies: an interdisciplinary examination of unintended consequences, Nov. 15, 2016