Department of Biological Sciences

Richard O. Musser, Interim Chair and Professor

Plant-herbivore interactions, molecular ecology, physiological ecology  

Contact Information:

(309) 298-2408
Waggoner Hall 313

Personal Homepage: Lab site.htm


Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Functional Genomics/Insect-Herbivore Interactions, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2001-2003
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

Courses Taught:

  • BIOL 100 Non-majors Biology
  • ZOOL 200 Animal Diversity
  • ZOOL 321 Comparative Anatomy
  • ZOOL 430 Animal Physiology
  • BIOL 458 Plant-Animal Interactions
  • BOT or ZOOL 476/575 Genomics

Research Interests:

Genomics, animal and plant physiology, plant-insect interactions, and chemical ecology.


  • Hanna M. Heidel-Fischer, Richard O. Musser, Heiko Vogel: Annual Plant Reviews volume 47: Insect-Plant Interactions. Annual Plant Reviews; Plant Insect Interactions., Edited by C. Voelckel, G. Jander, 04/2014: chapter 4: pages 506-520; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, West Sussex, UK.., ISBN: 978-0-470-67036-1
  • Heiko Vogel, Richard O. Musser, Maria de la Paz Celorio-Mancera: Annual Plant Reviews Volume 47: Insect-Plant Interactions. Insect-Plant Interactions, Annual Plant Reviews edited by C. Voelckel and G. Jander, 04/2014: chapter Transcriptome responses in herbivorous insects towards host plant and toxin feeding; Wiley-Blackwell., ISBN: 978-0-470-67036-1
  •   Richard O Musser, Sue M. Hum-Musser, Matthew Gallucci, Brittany DesRochers, Judith K. Brown: Microarray Analysis of Tomato Plants Exposed to the Nonviruliferous or Viruliferous Whitefly Vector Harboring Pepper golden mosaic virus. Journal of Insect Science 12/2014; 14(1):10. DOI:10.1093/jisesa/ieu092
  • Linus Gog, Heiko Vogel, Sue M. Hum-Musser, Jason Tuter, Richard O. Musser: Larval Helicoverpa zea Transcriptional, Growth and Behavioral Responses to Nicotine and Nicotiana tabacum. Insects 09/2014; 5(3):668-688. DOI:10.3390/insects5030668
  • Hideaki Suzuki, Patrick F Dowd, Eric T Johnson, Sue M Hum-Musser, Richard O Musser: Effects of Elevated Peroxidase Levels and Corn Earworm Feeding on Gene Expression in Tomato. Journal of Chemical Ecology 11/2012; 38(10). DOI:10.1007/s10886-012-0205-8
  • Richard O Musser, Sue M Hum-Musser, Henry K Lee, Brittany L Desrochers, Spencer A Williams, Heiko Vogel: Caterpillar Labial Saliva Alters Tomato Plant Gene Expression. Journal of Chemical Ecology 10/2012; 38(11). DOI:10.1007/s10886-012-0198-3
  • Maria de la Paz Celorio-Mancera, Juliette Courtiade, Alexander Muck, David G Heckel, Richard O Musser, Heiko Vogel: Sialome of a Generalist Lepidopteran Herbivore: Identification of Transcripts and Proteins from Helicoverpa armigera Labial Salivary Glands. PLoS ONE 10/2011; 6(10):e26676. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0026676
  • Eric T Johnson, Patrick F Dowd, Z Lewis Liu, Richard O Musser: Comparative transcription profiling analyses of maize reveals candidate defensive genes for seedling resistance against corn earworm. MGG Molecular & General Genetics 06/2011; 285(6):517-25. DOI:10.1007/s00438-011-0626-z
  • Cesar R Rodriguez-Saona, Richard O Musser, Heiko Vogel, Sue M Hum-Musser, Jennifer S Thaler: Molecular, Biochemical, and Organismal Analyses of Tomato Plants Simultaneously Attacked by Herbivores from Two Feeding Guilds. Journal of Chemical Ecology 10/2010; 36(10):1043-57. DOI:10.1007/s10886-010-9854-7
  • Patrick F. Dowd, Richard O. Musser, Eric T. Johnson: AGFD 152-Activity of plant phenolics functioning as sources of insect resistance in plants. ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts 03/2007; 233:121-121.
  • Richard O Musser, Edward Farmer, Michelle Peiffer, Spencer A Williams, Gary W Felton: Ablation of Caterpillar Labial Salivary Glands: Technique for Determining the Role of Saliva in Insect–Plant Interactions. Journal of Chemical Ecology 06/2006; 32(5):981-92. DOI:10.1007/s10886-006-9049-4
  • Jacqueline C Bede, Richard O Musser, Gary W Felton, Kenneth L Korth: Caterpillar Herbivory and Salivary Enzymes Decrease Transcript Levels of Medicago truncatula genes Encoding Early Enzymes in Terpenoid Biosynthesis. Plant Molecular Biology 04/2006; 60(4):519-31. DOI:10.1007/s11103-005-4923-y
  • Richard O Musser, Don F Cipollini, Sue M Hum-Musser, Spencer A Williams, Judith K Brown, Gary W Felton: Evidence that the caterpillar salivary enzyme glucose oxidase provides herbivore offense in Solanaceous plants.. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 02/2005; 58(2):128-37. DOI:10.1002/arch.20039
  • Richard O Musser, Hyeog S Kwon, Spencer A Williams, C James White, Michael A Romano, Scott M Holt, Shay Bradbury, Judith K Brown, Gary W Felton: Evidence that caterpillar labial saliva suppresses infectivity of potential bacterial pathogens. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 02/2005; 58(2):138-44. DOI:10.1002/arch.20031
  • Richard O Musser: Insect saliva: An integrative approach. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 02/2005; 58(2):53. DOI:10.1002/arch.20038
  • Richard O. Musser, Sue M. Hum-Musser, Gary W. Felton, Rose C. Gergerich: Increased Larval Growth and Preference for Virus-Infected Leaves by the Mexican Bean Beetle, Epilachna varivestis Mulsant, a Plant Virus Vector. Journal of Insect Behavior 03/2003; 16(2). DOI:10.1023/A:1023919902976
  • Richard O Musser, Sue M Hum-Musser, Shannon E Slaten-Bickford, Gary W Felton, Rose C Gergerich: Evidence that Ribonuclease Activity Present in Beetle Regurgitant is Found to Stimulate Virus Resistance in Plants. Journal of Chemical Ecology 09/2002; 28(8):1691-6. DOI:10.1023/A:1019985417720
  • Richard O Musser, Sue M Hum-Musser, Herb Eichenseer, Michelle Peiffer, Gary Ervin, J Brad Murphy, Gary W Felton: Herbivory: Caterpillar saliva beats plant defences. Nature 05/2002; 416(6881):599-600. DOI:10.1038/416599a
  • C M Ham, J R Brown, Richard O Musser, C R Rutledge, M V Meisch: Comparison of electrostatic versus nonelectrostatic ULV sprays of Aqua Reslin™ against Anopheles quadrimaculatus adults. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 10/1999; 15(3):312-4.