Russell Groves

Prof. Russ Groves

Russell Groves

Professor and Extension Specialist

537 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706


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Ph.D.   North Carolina State University-Raleigh,  2001 (Entomology)
MS   University of Arkansas, 1992 (Entomology)
BS Iowa State University, 1989 (Forestry)

Please refer to the Vegetable Entomology Webpage for information about our research programs:

Basic and Applied

Kenneth R. Keller Outstanding Doctoral Research Award.  2001.  College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Researcher of the Year.  2009.  Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association, Antigo, WI

Co-State Liaison, Inter-Regional Research Project 4, (IR-4) Federal Project, Minor Crops Pest Management (2006-Present).

Wisconsin Eco-Potato Collaboration (WWF, WPVGA, &UW), Advisory Committee and Executive Committee (2006-Present).

Faculty Co-Director, Center for Integrated Agicultural Systems, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin (2009-Present).



  • Huseth, A. S., K. E. Frost, D. L. Knuteson, J. A. Wyman, and R. L. Groves. 2012. Effects of Landscape Composition and Rotation Distance on Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) Abundance in Cultivated Potato. Environ. Entomol. 41(6): 1553-1564.
  • Sisterson, M.S., Thammiraju, S.R., Lynn‐Patterson, K., R.L. Groves, and K.M. Daane. 2010. Epidemiology of diseases caused by Xylella fastidiosa in California: evaluation of alfalfa as a source of vectors and inocula. Plant. Dis. (submitted for publication 29 November 2009: Manuscript PD‐11‐09‐0780‐RE).
  • Son, Y., R.L. Groves, K.M. Daane, D.J.W. Morgan, R. Krugner, and M.W. Johnson. 2010. Estimation of feeding threshold forHomalodisca vitripennis(Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) and its application to prediction of overwintering mortality. Environ. Entomol. (submitted for publication 15 December 2009: Manuscript EN‐09‐747).


  • Sikuljak, T., J. Chen, R.L. Groves, and A. Lawson. 2010. Seasonal detection and occurrence of Xylella fastidiosa in green sharpshooter (Draeculacephala minerva Ball.): a potentially important vector of almond leaf scorch disease. J. Econ. Entomol. (accepted for publication, 9 October 2009: Manuscript EC‐09‐185).
  • Morsello, S.C., Groves, R.L., Nault, B.A., and Kennedy, G.G. 2010. Weather‐based regression models explain temporal variation in the number of tobacco thrips, Frankliniella fusca (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), captured on sticky traps during spring in North Carolina and Virginia. (In press, J. Econ. Entomol.).
  • Morsello, S.C., A.L.P. Beaudoin, R.L. Groves, B.A. Nault, and G.G. Kennedy. 2010. The influence of temperature and precipitation on spring dispersal of Frankliniella fusca changes as the season progresses. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 134:260‐271.


  • Son, Y., Groves, R.L., Daane, K.M., Morgan, D.J.W., Johnson, M.W. 2009. Influences of temperature on Homalodisca vitripennis (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) survival under various feeding conditions. Environmental Entomology. 38:1485‐1495.
  • Ledbetter, C.A., Chen, J., Livingston, S., Groves, R.L. 2009. Winter curing of Prunus dulcis cv ‘Butte,’ P. webbii and their interspecific hybrid in response to Xylella fastidiosa infections. Euphytica. 169:113‐122.
  • Krugner, R., Groves, R.L., Johnson, M.W., Flores, A.P., Hagler, J.R., Morse, J.G. 2009. Seasonal population dynamics ofHomalodisca vitripennis(Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) in sweet orange grees maintained under continuous deficit irrigation. J. Econ. Entomol. 102:960‐973.


  • Fournier, V., Hagler, J., Daane, K., de León, J., and Groves, R.L. 2008. Identifying the predator complex of Homalodisca vitripennis (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae): a comparative study of the efficacy of an ELISA and PCR gut content assay. Oecologia 157:629‐640.
  • Nadel, H., Seligmann, R., Johnson, M.W., Hagler, J.R., Stenger, D.C., and Groves, R.L. 2008. Effects of Citrus and Avocado Irrigation and Nitrogen‐Form Soil Amendment on Host Selection by Adult Homalodisca vitripennis (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae). Environ. Entomol. 37:787‐795.
  • Cabrera‐La Rosa, J.C., Johnson, M.W., Civerolo, E.L.; Chen, J., and Groves, R.L. 2008. Seasonal Population Dynamics ofDraeculacephala minerva(Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) and Transmission of Xylella fastidiosa. J. Econ. Entomol. 101:1105‐1113.
  • Sisterson, M.S., Yacoub, R., Montez, G., Grafton‐Cardwell, E.E., and Groves, R.L. 2008. Distribution and Management of Citrus in California: Implications for Management of Glassy‐Winged Sharpshooter. J. Econ. Entomol. 101:1041‐1050.
  • Morsello, S.C., Groves, R.L., Nault, B.A., and Kennedy, G.G. 2008. Temperature and Precipitation affect seasonal patterns of dispersing tobacco thrips, Frankliniella fusca, and onion thrips, Thrips tabaci (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) caught on sticky traps. Environ. Entomol. 37:79‐86.


  • Sisterson, M.S., Civerolo, E.L., Chen, J.C., Ledbetter, C.G. and Groves, R.L. 2007. Effects of almond leaf scorch disease on almond yield; implications for management. Plant Dis. 92:409‐414.
  • Fritschi, F.B., Cabrera‐LaRosa, J.C., Johnson, M.W., Lin, H., and Groves, R.L. 2007. Behavioral Traits of Homalodisca vitripennis (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadellidae) on Four Vitis Genotypes. Environ. Entomol. 36:926‐937.
  • Kruegner, R. Johnson, M.W., Groves, R.L., and Morse, J.G. 2007. Host Specificity of Anagrus epos: A Potential Biological Control Agent of Homalodisca vitripennis. Biocontrol 53:439‐449.
  • Chen, J., Groves, R.L., Zheng, Y., Civerolo, E., Viveros, M., and Freeman, M. 2007. Colony morphology of Xylella fastidiosaalmond leaf scorch strains. Can. J. Plant Pathol. 29:225‐231.
  • Chen, J., Groves, R.L., Zheng, Y., Civerolo, E., Viveros, M., and Freeman, M. 2007. Surface motility of Xylella fastidiosavisualized by oblique illumination. Can J. Micro. 53:435‐439.


  • Fournier, V., Hagler, J., Daane, K., Groves, R., de Leon, J., Costa, H., and Henneberry, T. 2006. Development and application of a glassy‐winged and smoke‐tree sharpshooter egg‐specific predator gut content ELISA. Biological Control 37:108‐118.


  • Chen, J., Groves, R., Civerolo, E.L., Viveros, M., Freeman, M., and Zheng, Y. 2005. Two Xylella fastidiosa genotypes associated with almond leaf scorch disease on the same location in California. Phytopathology 95:708‐714.
  • Groves, R.L., J. I. Chen, E. L. Civerolo, M. W. Freeman, and M. A. Viveros. 2005. Spatial analysis of almond leaf scorch disease in the San Joaquin Valley of California: factors affecting pathogen distribution and spread. Plant Dis. 89:581‐589.


  • Nault, B. A., J. Speese III, D. Jolly and R.L. Groves. 2003. Seasonal patterns of adult thrips dispersal and implications for management in eastern Virginia tomato fields. Crop Prot. 22:505‐512.
  • Groves, R.L., J. F. Walgenbach, J. W. Moyer and G. G. Kennedy. 2003. Seasonal dispersal patterns of Frankliniella fusca(Thysanoptera: Thripidae) and tomato spotted wilt virus occurrence in central and eastern North Carolina. J. Econ. Entomol. 96:1‐11.


  • Groves, R.L., J. F. Walgenbach, J. W. Moyer and G. G. Kennedy. 2002. The role of weed hosts and tobacco thrips,Frankliniella fusca, in the epidemiology of Tomato spotted wilt virus. Plant Dis. 86:573‐582.


  • Faircloth, J. C., J. R. Bradley, Jr., J. W. Van Duyn, and R.L. Groves. 2001. Reproductive success and damage potential of tobacco thrips and western flower thrips on cotton seedlings in a greenhouse environment. J. Agric. Urban Entomol. 18:179‐185.
  • Groves, R.L., J. F. Walgenbach, J. W. Moyer and G. G. Kennedy. 2001. Overwintering of Frankliniella fusca Hinds (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) on winter annual weeds infected with Tomato spotted wilt virus and patterns of movement of TSWV into susceptible hosts. Phytopathology 91:891‐899.
  • Groves, R.L., C. E. Sorenson, J. F. Walgenbach and G. G. Kennedy. 2001. Effects of imidacloprid on transmission of tomato spotted wilt tospovirus to pepper, tomato and tobacco by Frankliniella fusca Hinds (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Crop Prot. 20:439‐445.


  • Groves, R.L., G. G. Kennedy and J. F. Walgenbach. 1998. Inoculation of tomato spotted wilt virus into cotton. Plant Dis. 82:959.
  • Groves, R.L., D. A. Dame, C. L. Meek and M. V. Meisch. 1997. Efficacy of three synthetic pyrethroids against three mosquito species in Arkansas and Louisiana. J. Amer. Mosq. Control. 13(2):184‐188.
  • Groves, R.L., and M. V. Meisch. 1996. Laboratory and field plot bioassay of Bacillus sphaericus against Arkansas mosquito species. J. Amer. Mosq. Control. 12(2):220‐224.
  • Groves, R.L., and M. V. Meisch. 1995. Efficacy of a 1:1 and 1:5 mixture of technical permethrin and piperonyl butoxide againstAnopheles quadrimaculatus and Psorophora columbiae. J. Amer. Mosq. Control. 11(3):311‐314.
  • Meisch, M. V., D. A. Dame, R.L. Groves and R. D. Nunez. 1994. Assessment of Anopheles quadrimaculatus response to permethrin and resmethrin by topical application. J. Amer. Mosq. Control Assoc. 10(3):437‐439.
  • Groves, R.L., J. C. McAllister, C. L. Meek and M. V. Meisch. 1994. Evaluation of aerial and ground‐applied adulticides against mosquito species in Arkansas and Louisiana. J. Amer. Mosq. Control Assoc. 10(3):407‐412

Program Info

As a Vegetable Extension Specialist (65%) and Applied Insect Ecologist (35%) in the Department of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin, my responsibilities include the development, implementation, and delivery of a research-based, extension program to support integrated pest management of insect and mite pests affecting fresh-market and processing vegetable production in Wisconsin.

My extension and research program is centered on the ecology and management of insects of commercial and fresh market vegetable crops. To meet current and emerging challenges, novel research approaches are formulated in response to the stated needs of Wisconsin vegetable growers and producers, cooperating statewide and regional Extension Specialists, County Extension Agricultural Agents, pest management practitioners, crop consultants, and other agribusiness stakeholders in order to assess immediate and developing pest problems. Next, my research program tests hypotheses that further the understanding of pest population biology based on sound ecological principles derived from a combination of both field and laboratory research. Here, it is essential to balance the development of short-term solutions to these immediate and emerging problems, which out of necessity may require purely empirical and at times ad hoc approaches, with research to develop fundamental concepts and knowledge that will lead to the development of long-term sustainable solutions. Solutions and strategies developed for the commercial and fresh-market vegetable industry must be durable, economical and both environmentally and socially acceptable to remain effective against key, vegetable pest species affecting the industry.

As an extension educator, it is my goal to create an environment conducive to learning and information exchange where vegetable industry stakeholders can be motivated to acquire new information, concepts and skills. A successful extension and research program is most often the result of a team of collaborators working together. My extension and applied research-based program collaborates with research and extension faculty within the departments of Entomology, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, and Crop Science at the University of Wisconsin as well as scientists from other institutions.

Please refer to the Vegetable Entomology Webpage for information about our research programs: