Organic fruit production, integrated pest management, raspberries
Leah is a Research Professional with the Rogers Organic Horticulture Lab at the University of Minnesota. A horticulturist at heart, Leah’s career focus revolves around research, extension, outreach, and public gardens in the Upper Midwest. Leah’s research background is specialized in small-fruit crops, with a heavy interest in high tunnel and organic production. She joined the Rogers' team in March 2020, focusing her efforts on exclusion and biological control efforts of spotted-wing drosophila in tunnel and field raspberries. Leah also manages the Rogers Organic Horticulture Lab website, distributes the Student Organic Farm monthly e-newsletter, and co-authors research publications.
Teaching Assistant: Hort 5033, Growing Fruits and Vegetables for Local and Organic Markets
The world today is greatly impacted by the accessibility and dissemination of horticultural knowledge. My work with the Rogers Organic Horticulture lab supports the delivery and transparency of organic fruit and vegetable research across various disciplines. I am especially interested in researching undeveloped pest management strategies for organic small-fruit production.
Worth, L., Rogers, M., and Reardon, A. (2023). Biocompatibility of OMRI listed insecticides on green lacewing (Chrysoperla carnea) larval mortality: implications for greenhouse vegetable production. University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy. https://hdl.handle.net/11299/256903
Hogg, B. N., Lee, J. C., Rogers, M. A., Worth, L., Nieto, D. J., Stahl, J. M., and Daane, K. M. (2022). Releases of the parasitoid Pachycrepoideus vindemmiae for augmentative biological control of spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii. Biological Control. 168, 104865. https://10.1016/j.biocontrol.2022.104865
Worth, L., Rogers, M., and Reardon, A. (2022). Butterhead lettuce variety performance trial in a hydroponic NFT system. In: Midwest Vegetable Trial Reports. Paper 235. https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/mwvtr/235/