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Recent publications


Groot AT, Claβen A, Staudacher H, Schal C, Heckel D. Phenotypic plasticity in sexual communication signal of a noctuid moth. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, in press.

Groot AT, Blanco CA, Claβen A, Inglis O, Santangelo RG, Lopez J, Heckel DG, Schal C. Variation in sexual communication of the tobacco budworm, Heliothis virescens. Southwestern Entomologist, in press.

Olsson SB, Kesevan S, Groot AT, Dekker T, Heckel DG, Hansson BS. Ostrinia revisited: evidence for sex linkage in European corn borer Ostrinia nubilalis (Hubner) pheromone reception. BMC Evolutionary Biology, accepted.

Henniges-Janssen K, Schöfl G, Reineke A, Heckel DG, Groot AT. 2010. Partial adaptation of diamondback moth oviposition on a novel host plant. Bulletin of Entomological Research, accepted.

Lassance JM, Groot AT, Lienard MA, Binu A, Borgwardt C, Andersson F, Hedenström E, Heckel DG, Löfstedt C. 2010. Allelic variation in a fatty-acyl reductase gene causes divergence in moth sex pheromones. Nature 466: 486-489.

Gould F, Estock M, Hillier K, Powell B, Groot AT, Ward A, Emerson J, Schal C, Vickers N. 2010. Sexual isolation of male moths due to a single QTL containing four receptor genes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 107: 8660-8665. [pdf]

Blanco CA, Gould F, Groot AT, Abel CA, Hernandez G, Perera OP, Teran-Vargas AP. 2010. Offspring from sequential natings between Bacillus thuringiensis-resistant and Bacillus thuringiensis-susceptible Heliothis virescens Moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 103: 801-808. [pdf]

Vogel H, Heidel AJ, Heckel DG, Groot AT. 2010. Transcriptome analysis of the sex pheromone gland of the noctuid moth Heliothis virescens. BMC Genomics 11: 29. [pdf]

Groot AT, Marr M, Heckel DG, Schöfl G. 2010. The roles and interactions of reproductive isolation mechanisms in fall armyworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) host strains. Ecological Entomology 35 (S1): 105-118. [pdf]


Groot AT, Estock ML, Horovitz JL, Hamilton J, Santangelo RG, Schal C, Gould F. 2009. QTL analysis of sex pheromone blend differences between two closely related moths: insights into divergence in biosynthetic pathways. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 39: 568-577. [pdf]

Blanco CA, Rojas MG, Groot AT, Morales-Ramos J, Abel, GA. 2009. Size and chemical composition of Heliothis virescens (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) spermatophores. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 102: 629-637. [pdf]

Groot AT, Inglis O, Bowdridge S, Santangelo RG, Blanco C, Lopez Jr J, Teran-Vargas A, Gould F, Schal C. 2009. Geographic and temporal variation in moth chemical communication. Evolution 63: 1987-2003. [pdf]

Schöfl G, Heckel DG, Groot AT. 2009. Time-shifted reproductive behaviours among fall armyworm (Noctuidae: Spodoptera frugiperda) host strains: Evidence for differing modes of inheritance. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 1447-1459. [pdf]

Gould FL, Groot AT, Vasquez GM, Schal C. 2009. Sexual communication in Lepidoptera: a need for wedding genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology. In: Goldsmith MR; Marec F (Eds.): Molecular Biology and Genetics of the Lepidoptera. Taylor & Francis. [no reprint]

Blanco C, Andow DA, Abel C, Sumerford D, Hernandez G, Lopez J, Adams L, Groot AT, Leonard R, Parker R, Payne G, Rereira OP, Teran-Vargas AP, Azuara-Dominguez A. 2009. Bacillus thuringiensis CrylAc resistance frequency in Tobacco budworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 102, online first [HEC108] pdf


Groot AT, Marr M, Schöfl G, Lorenz S, Svatoš A, Heckel DG. 2008. Host strain specific sex pheromone variation in Spodoptera frugiperda. Frontiers in Zoology 5: 21 [pdf]

Blanco C, Perera OP, Groot AT, Hernandez G, Teran-Vargas AP. 2008. Paternity allocation in a mutant Helliothis virescens colony. Southwestern Entomologist 33, 253-263 [HEC107] pdf


Groot AT, Santangelo RG, Ricci E, Brownie C, Gould F, Schal C. 2007. Differential attraction of Heliothis subflexa males to synthetic pheromone lures in Eastern US and Western Mexico. Journal of Chemical Ecology 33: 353-368. [pdf]


Groot AT, Horovitz JL, Hamilton J, Santangelo RG, Schal C, Gould F. 2006. Experimental evidence for interspecific directional selection on moth pheromone communication. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103: 5858-5863 [pdf]

Sheck AL, Groot AT, Ward C, Gemeno C, Wang J, Gould F. 2006. Genetics of pheromone blend differences between Heliothis virescens and Heliothis subflexa: a chromosome mapping approach. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19: 600-617. [pdf]


Groot AT, Fan Y, Brownie C, Jurenka RA, Gould F, Schal C. 2005. Effect of PBAN on pheromone production in mated Heliothis virescens and Heliothis subflexa females. Journal of Chemical Ecology 31: 15-28. [pdf]

Groot AT, Gemeno C, Brownie C, Gould F, Schal C. 2005. Male and female antennal responses in Heliothis virescens and H. subflexa to conspecific and heterospecific sex pheromone compounds. Environmental Entomology 32:256-263. [pdf]

Choi M-Y, Groot AT, Jurenka RA. 2005. Pheromone biosynthetic pathways in the moths Heliothis subflexa and Heliothis virescens. Archives Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 59: 53-58. [pdf]


Groot AT, Ward C, Wang J, Pokrzywa A, O'Brien J, Bennett J, J. Kelly, R.G. Santangelo, C. Schal & F. Gould. 2004. Introgressing pheromone QTL between species: towards and evolutionary understanding of differentiation in sexual communication. Journal of Chemical Ecology 30: 2495-2514. [pdf]