Department of Biological Sciences

Richard O. Musser, Professor

Plant-herbivore interactions, molecular ecology, physiological ecology Richard O. Musser

Contact Information:

(309) 298-1096
Waggoner Hall 358

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.


  • de la Paz Celorio-Mancera, M., J. Courtiade, A. Muck, D.G. Heckel, Richard O. Musser, et al. 2011. Sialome of a generalist lepidopteran herbivore: identification of transcripts and 1proteins from Helicoverpa armigera labial salivary glands. PLoS ONE 6(10): e26676.
  • Johnson, E.T., P.F. Dowd, Z.L. Liu, and Richard O. Musser. 2011. Comparative transcription profiling analyses of maize reveals candidate defensive genes for seedling resistance against corn earworm. Molecular Genetics & Genomics 285(6):517-25.
  • Rodriguez-Saona, Cesar, Richard O. Musser, et. al.. 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., et al. 2006. Ablation of caterpillar labial salivary glands: Technique for determining the role of saliva in insect-plant interactions. Journal of Chemical Ecology 32:981-992.
  • Bede, J.C., Richard O. Musser, et al. 2006. Caterpillar herbivory and salivary enzymes decrease transcript levels of Medicago truncatula genes encoding early enzymes in terpenoid biosynthesis. Plant Molecular Biology 60:519-531.
  • Musser, Richard O., H.S. Kwon, S.A. Williams, C.J. White, Michael A. Romano, Scott M. Holt, S. Bradbury, J.K. Brown, and G.W. Felton. 2005. Evidence that caterpillar labial saliva suppresses infectivity of potential bacterial pathogens. Archives of Insect Biochemistry & Physiology 58:138-144.
  • Musser, Richard O., D. Cipollini, Susan 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., et al. 2003. Increased larval growth and preference for virus-infected leaves by the Mexican bean beetle, a plant virus vector. Journal of Insect Behavior16(2):247-256.