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Dr. Simone Prospero

 

Function

scientific staff member

  

Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf

Site

Birmensdorf Bi PL B 41

 

Education

  • 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

Hobbies

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

 

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