Department of Biological Sciences

Sue Hum-Musser, Professor

Plant-Insect pathogen interactions, molecular biology

Sue Hum-Musser
Contact Information:

Waggoner Hall 352
Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 298-3191


Ph.D. - University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 2002>
M.S. - Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO, 1997
B.A. - Park College, Parkville, MO, 1992

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Courses Taught:
  • BIOL 100 Biological Concepts
  • BOT 200 Introduction to Botany
  • BIOL 330 Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BOT/MICR 461/561 Plant Pathology
  • BIOL 502 Molecular Applications in Organismal Biology
Research Interests:

Molecular biology of plant-insect-pathogen interactions and how they are affected by ozone.

  • Afitlhile M, Duffield-Duncan K, Fry M, Workman S, Hum-Musser S, Hildebrand D. 2015. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 96:426–435.
  • Gog L, Vogel H, Hum-Musser S, Tuter J, Musser R. 2014. Larval Helicoverpa zea Transcriptional, Growth and Behavioral Responses to Nicotine and Nicotiana tabacum. Insects 5(3), 668-688; doi:10.3390/insects5030668.
  • Musser RO, Hum-Musser SM, Gallucci M, DesRochers B, Brown JK. 2014. Microarray analysis of tomato plants exposed to the nonviruliferous or viruliferous whitefly vector harboring Pepper golden mosaic virus. J Insect Sci. doi: 10.1093/jisesa/ieu092.
  • Noland JE, Breitenbach JE, Popham HJR, Hum-Musser SM, Vogel H, Musser RO. 2013. Gut Transcription in Helicoverpa zea is dynamically altered in response to baculovirus infection. Insects 4(3): 506-520.>
  • Musser R, Hum-Musser SM, Lee H, DesRochers B, Williams S, Vogel H. 2012. Caterpillar labial saliva alters tomato plant gene expression. Journal of Chemical Ecology 38(11): 1387-401.
  • Suzuki, H., P.F. Dowd, E.T. Johnson, Sue M. Hum-Musser, and Richard O. Musser. 2012. Effects of elevated peroxidase levels and corn earworm feeding on gene expression in tomato. Journal of Chemical Ecology: 38(10): 1247-63.
  • Rodriguez-Saona, Cesar, Richard O. Musser, Heiko Vogel, Sue M. Hum-Musser, and Jennifer S. Thaler. 2010. Molecular, biochemical, and organismal analyses of tomato plants simultaneously attacked by herbivores from two feeding guilds. Journal of Chemical Ecology 36(10):1043-10578.
  • Musser, Richard O., D. Cipollini, Sue M. Hum-Musser, S.A. Williams, J.K. Brown, and G.W. Felton. 2005. Evidence that the caterpillar salivary enzyme glucose oxidase provides herbivore offense in Solanaceous plants. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 58(2):128-137.
  • Musser, Richard O., Sue M. Hum-Musser, G.W. Felton, and R.C. Gergerich. 2003. Increased larval growth and preference for virus-infected leaves by the Mexican bean beetle, a plant virus vector. Journal of Insect Behavior 16(2):247-256.
  • Musser RO, Hum-Musser SM, Eichenseer H, Pfeiffer M, Ervin G, Murphy JB, Felton GW. 2002. Herbivory: Caterpillar saliva beats plant defences. Nature. 416(6881): 599-600.
  • Musser RO, Hum-Musser SM, Slaten-Bickford SE, Felton GW, Gergerich RC. 2002. Evidence that ribonuclease activity present in beetle regurgitant is found to stimulate virus resistance in plants. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 28(8): 1691-1696.
  • Hum-Musser SM, Morelock TE, Murphy, JB. 1999. Relation of heat-shock proteins to thermotolerance during spinach seed germination. In: J.R. Clark & M.D. Richardson (eds.), Horticultural Studies - 1998. Ark. Agri. Exp. Sta. Res. Ser. 466: 103-105