Peer Reviewed Articles

Rivera-Vega L, Stanley BA, Stanley A, Felton GW. 2018. Proteomic analysis of labial saliva of the generalist cabbage looper (Trichoplusia ni) and its role in interactions with host plants. Journal of Insect Physiology. doi:10.1016/j.jinsphys.2018.03.001

Rivera-Vega L, Galbraith DA, Grozinger DM, Felton GW. 2017. Host plant-driven transcriptome plasticity in the salivary glands of the cabbage looper (Trichoplusia ni). PlosOne.


Rivera-Vega L, Acevedo FE, Felton GW. 2017. Genomics of Lepidoptera Saliva Reveal Function in Herbivory. Current Opinion in Insect Science.

Ray S, Basu S, Rivera-Vega L, Acevedo FE, Louis J, Felton GW, Luthe DS. 2016. Lessons from the far end: Caterpillar frass-induced defenses in maize, rice, cabbage, and tomato. J Chemical Ecology. doi:10.1007/s10886-016-0776-x 

Rivera-Vega L, Krosse S, de Graaf RM, Garvi J, Garvi R, Van Dam NM. 2015. Allelopathic effects of glucosinolate breakdown products in Hanza (Boscia senegalensis (pers.) Lam) processing waste water. Frontiers in Plant Science. 6. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00532


Acevedo FE, Rivera-Vega L, Chung SH, Ray S, Felton GW. 2015. Cues from Chewing Insects- the Intersection of DAMPs, HAMPs, MAMPs and Effectors. Current Opinion in Plant Biology. 26:80-86. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2015.05.029


Mamidala P, Wijeratne AJ, Wijeratne S, Kornacker K, Sudhamalla B, Rivera-Vega L, Hoelmer A, Meulia T, Jones SC, Mittapalli O. 2012. RNA-Seq and molecular docking reveal multi-level pesticide resistance in the bed bug. BMC Genomics. 13:6


Rivera-Vega L, Mamidala P, Koch JL, Mason ME, Mittapalli O. 2012. Evaluation of reference genes for gene expression studies in ash (Fraxinus spp.). Plant Molecular Biology Reporter. 30:242-245.


Bai X*, Rivera-Vega L*, Mamidala P, Bonello P, Herms DA, Mittapalli O. 2011. Transcriptomic signatures of ash (Fraxinus spp) phloem. PLoS ONE. 6(1):e16368.


Mittapalli O, Rivera-Vega L, Bhandary B, Bautista M, Mamidala P, Michel A, Shukle R, Mian R. 2011. Cloning and characterization of mariner-like elements in the soybean aphid, Aphis glycines Matsumura. Bulletin of Entomological Research. 101(6): 697-704.


Rivera-Vega L and Mittapalli O. 2010. Molecular characterization of mariner–like elements in emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis (Coleoptera, Polyphaga). Archives of Insect Biochemistry & Physiology. 74(4): 205-216.

Bhandary B, Rajarapu SP, Rivera-Vega L, Mittapalli O. 2010. Analysis of gene expression in emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) using quantitative real time-PCR. Journal of Visualized Experiments (39).

Saballos A, Vermerris W, Rivera L and Ejeta G. 2008. Allelic association, chemical characterization, and saccharification properties of brown midrib mutants of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench). Bioenergy Research. 1: 193-204.

First Author Presentations

Rivera-Vega L, Raszick TJ, Badillo-Vargas IE, Rathore KS, Sword GA. Development of RNAi technology for control of boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis grandis). Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting. St Louis, MO. 2019 (oral).

Rivera-Vega L, Valencia CU, Helms AM, Sword GA, Changes in amino acid composition in cotton phloem in the presence of plant-associated fungi. 2019. Gordon Research Conferences- Plant Herbivore Interactions, Ventura, CA (poster).

Rivera-Vega L, Rathore KS, Raszick TJ, Badillo-Vargas I, Sword GA. Sustainable boll weevil management through development of RNAi transgenic cotton. 2018 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, San Antonio, TX (poster).

Rivera-Vega L, Felton GW. Cabbage looper salivary catalase suppress plant induced defenses. Entomological Society of America 2017 Annual meeting, Denver, CO (poster).

Rivera-Vega L, Peiffer ML, Felton GW. Identification and characterization of a myrosinase in the generalist cabbage looper (Trichoplusia ni), Plant-Herbivore interactions, Gordon Research Conferences 2017, Ventura, CA (poster).

Rivera-Vega L, Felton GW. “Insect Saliva as the first line of defense against plant defenses”. International Congress of Entomology 2016, Orlando, FL (Poster) Second place awarded

Rivera-Vega L, Felton GW. “Herbivore saliva as the first line of defense against induced plant defences.” American Society of Plant Biologists 2016 Annual meeting, Austin, TX (Oral-invited).

Rivera-Vega L, Galbraith D, Felton GW. “Host plant driven plasticity in the salivary glands of Trichoplusia ni” Entomological Society of America 2015 Annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN (Oral).

Rivera-Vega L, Felton GW. “We are what we eat: Host plant effect on saliva composition in caterpillars”, Entomological Society of America 2013 Annual meeting, Austin, TX (Oral).

Rivera-Vega L, Bai X, Mamidala P, Bonello P, Herms DA, Koch JL, Mason ME, Mittapalli O. “Transcriptome-wide gene expression analysis of three ash species using RNA-Seq” Entomologial Society of America 2011 Annual meeting, Reno, NV (Oral).

Rivera-Vega L, Mamidala P, Koch JL, Mason ME, Mittapalli O. “Evaluation of reference genes for expression studies in ash (Fraxinus spp)” Entomological Society of America 2011 Annual meeting, Reno, NV (Poster).

Rivera-Vega L, Bonello P, Herms DA, Mittapalli O. “Gene discovery in ash (Fraxinus spp)” Emerald Ash Borer Research and Technology Development Meeting. Oct 11-12 2011. Wooster, OH (Oral).

Rivera-Vega L, Mamidala P, Bonello P, Herms DA, Mittapalli O.  “Gene expression profiles of early regulators in ash (Fraxinus spp.).” Entomological Society of America 2010 Annual meeting, San Diego, CA (Oral).

Rivera-Vega L, Bai X, Mamidala P, Bonello P, Herms DA, Mittapalli O. “Advances in the Molecular Understanding of Fraxinus spp.” Emerald Ash Borer 2010 Minisymposium, Delaware, OH (Oral). 

Rivera-Vega L, Herms DA, Bonello P, Mittapalli O. “Transcriptome analysis of Fraxinus spp. using 454 pyrosequencing.” Entomological Society of America 2009 Annual meeting. Indianapolis, IN (Oral). First-place awarded.

Rivera-Vega L, Herms DA, Bonello P, Mittapalli O. “Ash Transcriptomics: Gene Discovery for EAB resistance.” Emerald Ash Borer 2009 Minisymposium, Delaware, OH (Oral).

Rivera-Vega, L, Mittapalli, O. “Molecular cloning of mariner-like elements from Emerald Ash Borer” North Central Branch- Entomological Society of America (NCB-ESA) 2009 Annual meeting. St. Louis, MO (Poster).