Terrestrial invasive species center created

A new interdisciplinary center based in CFANS will use scientific findings to support policymaking, application and resource management practices that address non-aquatic invasive species. The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center, approved by the legislature last spring, will include collaborations with university partners, as well as government, private industry and citizens' groups.

The hiring process for a center director is under way; that person will set research priorities for the center with guidance from an advisory committee made up of representatives from the college, as well as the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, government and other educational and research organizations. Research projects are expected to begin in early 2015.