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Research Spotlight: Christina Perez

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Recent Published work:

Gullickson, M., Flavin Hodge, C., Burkness, E., Hutchison, W. D., and Rogers, M. (2023). Spotted-wing Drosophila Host Preference and Quality Vary among Half-high Blueberry Cultivars. HortScience, 58(6):677-682.

Tong, C.B.S., Gullickson, M. G., Rogers, M. A., Burkness, E., and W. D., Hutchison. (2023). Detection of Spotted-wing drosophila infestations in blueberry fruitsJournal of Entomological Science, 58(3), 370-374.

DiGiacomo, G., Gullickson, M. G., Rogers, M., Peterson, H., and Hutchison W. (2021).  Partial budget analysis of exclusion netting and insecticides for organic management of spotted-wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura)) on small farms in the Upper Midwest. Journal of Economic Entomology 114(4):1655-1665.

Gullickson, M. G., Hodge, C. F., Hegeman, A., and M. Rogers. (2020). Deterrent effects of essential oils on spotted-wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii): Implications for organic management in berry crops. Insects, 11:1–12.

Awards/Honors:

Please help us in congratulating Matthew Gullickson on being awarded the 2023-2024 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Winner

Christina Perez was recently awarded a SARE North Central Agriculture and Sustainable Education graduate student grant to support her research proposal titled "Investigating mulches to suppress the invasive swede midge in urban agriculture," for 2023-2025. 

Out in the Field:

The growing season is in full swing for the 2024 growing season! The rain has been helping us out in the irrigation department!

Stay tuned for data summaries and publications regarding our latest research findings.  

Our Mission

The demand for high quality fruits and vegetables is increasing as human population increases. Concurrently diminishing resources, climate change and invasive species pressure production. Sustainable production practices are necessary in order to conserve natural resources, enhance our environment and provide economic opportunities as we meet of food and fiber needs.

My program integrates teaching and applied research in organic horticultural production systems. My teaching mission is to create life-long learners, with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competence in horticultural science and food systems. My research program focuses on ecological strategies to improve production of vegetables and fruit and collaborating with local growers and community members to build a sustainable food system.

Join Us

We welcome individuals who are interested in pursuing positions as M.S. or Ph.D. graduate students as well as post-doctoral fellow positions, junior scientists, and undergraduate research assistants, or through the undergraduate research opportunities program (UROP). We highly recommend contacting Dr. Rogers to discuss current opportunities available, and we invite you to join events and seminars offered through the Department of Horticultural Science. See our current lab members on our About Us page.