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Plant and Soil Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Public Relations:Josh Brown (802)656-3039
Specialty:plant pathology; grape disease and insect management: organic apple production
Biography:Berkett, a plant pathologist and IPM specialist, is an expert on apples and grapes. IPM stands for Integrated Pest Management, an ecological approach to managing pests (e.g., insects, mites, disease-causing organisms, mice) that combines biological, cultural, physical, and chemical tools in a way which minimizes economic, health, and environmental risks. Currently, she has two research areas: (1) investigating the opportunities and challenges of organic apple production and (2) evaluating cold climate wine grape varieties for Vermont. Her work integrates research and outreach education to Vermont’s commercial apple and grape growers.