Wisconsin Energy Institute

Growing Energy the Holistic Way


Ann Grauvogl


University of Wisconsin–Madison Foundation

August 08, 2013

Lady beetles and energy to power your car or your lights may not seem as if they belong in the same sentence until you visit Professor Claudio Gratton, an entomologist working in the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Insects and energy, you quickly learn, intersect when crops such as switchgrass are grown for fuel. “When you think about growing energy, you’ve got to put it somewhere,” Gratton said. “If we change the landscapes, what is the impact on insects and pollination and pest suppression?”

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