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Simone Prospero
Organisational unit Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
Address Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf

Room Bi PL B 41
Contact Phone: +41 44 739 2248
Fax: +41 44 7392 215
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  • 2007 - present: Researcher at WSL
  • 2005 - 2007:  Post Doc at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Team of Forest Pathology (Dr. B. Lung), Bordeaux, France
  • 1999 - 2003: PhD at WSL (Prof. O. Holdenrieder, Dr. D. Rigling)
  • 1991 - 1997: Studies of Forest Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich
  • 1972 born in Locarno, citizen of Malvaglia (TI, Switzerland)

Research interests

I am interested in the biology and ecology of fungal pathogens of forest trees in natural and artificial (plantations) ecosystems. My research activity has focused on three different model organisms:

1) Phytophthora ramorum (Oomycete), the causal agent of Sudden Oak Death

2) Cryphonectria parasitica (Ascomycete), the chestnut blight fungus

3) Armillaria ostoyae (Basidiomycete), the Armillaria root rot fungus

Current projects

  • Biological control of C. parasitica North of the Swiss Alps
  • Population diversity of C. parasitica in Switzerland


Playing accordion, hiking in Val Malvaglia, cultivating grapes (and enjoying vine …), reading, politics