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Heather Leach
MS Student
Sustainable Pest Management

202 Center for Integrated Plant Systems
East Lansing, MI 48824
517-432-9554
leachhea@msu.edu

 

My research focuses on Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), a major insect pest in small fruit crops. My goal is to develop an integrated pest management scheme for SWD in raspberries. Specifically, I am working in high tunnel raspberry systems, using techniques including specialty plastics and insect exclusion netting to better control SWD. I also seek to understand the pest and natural enemy phenology in Michigan raspberries.

I am a Michigan native and love working in extension. I enjoy linking local growers to innovative and sustainable management practices in specialty crops. Previously, I have worked with the Farm Service Agency (USDA), the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center, and with invasive species including the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. My career aspirations are to develop sustainable management techniques for invasive plants and insects in specialty crops.

My personal time is spent gardening, running, and napping.

Click to see data from the exclusion netting and harvest frequency project in raspberries.

Click to see data from the wild hosts for SWD.

 

Photos from field season: