Eco-Friendly Pest Control

For Russ Groves, research on insecticide resistance genes in the Colorado potato beetle has led to partnerships to develop more targeted and sustainable bug-neutralizing options.

Wisconsin has a long history of vegetable production. It’s a leading producer of the nation’s processing vegetables, such as snap beans, sweet corn, carrots, and potatoes. As a professor and extension specialist in the Department of Entomology, it’s part of Russ Groves’s job to protect these vegetable crops from insect pests — and that includes safeguarding the state’s potato crop from the voracious Colorado potato beetle (CPB).


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