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Dr. Corine Buser-Schöbel




Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi PL B 41


Professional and Research Interests

I am an evolutionary ecologist interested in host-pathogen interactions, as well as the pathways of spread and epidemiology of introduced pathogens. I am using molecular genetic and bioinformatic tools, field sampling and laboratory infection experiments to answer fundamental and applied questions in the field. So far, I have worked with multiple animal and plant systems, and in the past years my focus has been the ecology and epidemiology of plant pathogenic fungi and their mycoviruses.

Recent publications

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Schoebel, C.N.; Prospero, S.; Gross, A.; Rigling, D. Detection of a Conspecific Mycovirus in Two Closely Related Native and Introduced Fungal Hosts and Evidence for Interspecific Virus Transmission. Viruses 201810, 628.

Schoebel, C.N., Botella, L., V., Lygis, V. & Rigling, D. 2017. Population genetic analysis of a parasitic mycovirus to infer the invasion history of its fungal host, Molecular Ecology, 26,9: 2482-2497. (doi:10.1111/mec.14048) 


Molecular Diagnostics & monitoring of quarantine organisms in Switzerland

My main responsibilities are the monitoring of Phytophthora species in Switzerland in order to detect potential P. ramorum outbreaks and molecular diagnostics of fungi and Phytophthora species.

Please see our project homepage for more details. (Alle Informationen sind auch auf Deutsch vorhanden).

Ash dieback project (Control Dieback)

The ascomycetous fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (synonym: H. pseudoalbidus, basionym: Chalara fraxinea) is a new invasive pathogen causing severe ash dieback thus threatening the existence of Fraxinus spp. in Europe. This disease was first recorded  in eastern Poland and Lithuania in the mid 1990s and has now spread across the continent. Today, ash stands in Lithuania experience a post-epidemic chronic dieback with only a small fraction of asymptomatic trees. In Switzerland, the disease was first reported in 2008 in Northwestern Switzerland, from where it expands rapidly to other regions. Options for management of this novel forest disease are currently very limited and mainly directed to search for resistance in the host trees. 

This was a joint project between the Phytopathology group at WSL and the Laboratory of Phytopathogenic Microorganisms of the Institute of Botany at the Nature Research Centre (Lithuania). Please check for more information.

Please see our project homepage for more details. (All information is also available in German, Italian and French.)

Phytophthora citricola project

This project was aimed at the genetic analyses of four closely-related plant-pathogenic Phytophthora species to infer their population structure, pathways of spread, and demographic history.

This project was part of COST Action FP0801: Established and Emerging Phytophthora: Increasing Threats to Woodland and Forest Ecosystems in Europe; working group 1: Invasive potential and Ecology - Expertise and experiments with ecology & spread of Phytophthora.

Please see our project homepage for more details.