History

The Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC) was formed in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU) in 1967, and has been conducting research and outreach in a state, national and international setting ever since. The IPPC is part of the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at Oregon State University.

The IPPC provides a home for the State IPM Coordinator, who works with the USDA CSREES, the federal partner of the Land Grant Universities in the USA, to implement integrated pest management (IPM) practices wherever these are needed. This program of implementation is guided by the National Roadmap for IPM, which has established goals for delivering economically sustainable pest management with reduced risks to human health and to the environment in the USA. To help us in this process, the USDA has established four regional IPM Centers, and the IPPC works closely with the Western IPM Center based at University of California, Davis.

While the IPPC leads and coordinates a number of multi-investigator, multi-state research and outreach programs based on IPM, it is only one element of the broader IPM program at OSU. Follow the links on this site to locate the wide array of IPM related activity at OSU and the IPM programs of our state and regional partners. IPPC is also engaged in a number of international programs, which are described further within this site.

Mission

The IPPC serves as a catalyst for discovery and new thinking relating to sustainable agriculture and integrated pest management. We develop research and education partnerships in subjects that include agro-ecology, adaptation to climate change, pesticide risk management, and outcome-based, participatory education. We promote informed dialogue among scientists, farming groups, regulatory agencies and policy makers to enhance global capacity to meet pressing problems in food security.

Our vision is based upon optimism, but also the challenge, set out in the Kavli Declaration , which calls for a transformation to more resource efficient agricultural systems. Transformational thinking will require open-mindedness, rigor, and a commitment to participation by all those engaged in agriculture. The IPPC works internationally to help realize this vision.

We advance this mission through each of our four core initiatives:

  1. Pest and Weather Models
  2. Pesticide Risk Reduction
  3. IPM Engagement and Implementation
  4. Adult Education and Extension Capacity Building

A number of legacy projects established strong foundations and relationships for our current work, and remain important components of our identity. These include:

  • Western Weather Work Group
  • The iSNAP program
  • GEF/PRM West African pesticide risk management
  • Pesticide Stewardship Partnerships
  • School IPM
  • Pest Management Strategic Planning

In our work, our staff is led by IPPC Director Paul Jepson.

IPPC inquiries: Kathy DeBellis, 2040 Cordley Hall, 541-737-6273, kathy.debellis@oregonstate.edu