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Simon Shamoun

Research Scientist- Forest Pathology & Pest Management
Pacific Forestry Centre
506 Burnside Road West
Victoria, British Columbia, V8Z 1M5

Tel.: (250) 298-2358


  • Conducts research on biology, epidemiology & development of mitigation tools for phytosanitary risk analysis and management of Sudden Oak Death (SOD) disease caused by Phytophthora ramorum
  • Sudden Oak Death (SOD) Genomics- development of PCR-DNA based diagnostic markers for Phytophthora ramorum & other Phytophthora spp.and molecular elucidation of Phytophthora ramorum pathogenicity via whole-genome sequencing “next generation sequencing” using Illumina technology
  • Development of PCR-DNA based molecular diagnostic markers for identification & differentiation of Heterobasidion spp. complex, including the North American species (H. irregulare & H. occidentale), European species (H. parviporum, H. abietinum, & H. annosum sensu stricto) & Asian species for certification of wood products and green logs for phytosanitary and international trade purposes.
  • Detection and molecular characterization of dsRNA “Mycoviruses” genetic elements in Heterobasidion species complex and their potential use as epidemiological markers & elucidation of their biological significance as biocontrol agents for management of Heterobasidion root & butt rot pathogen
  • Research interests in development & production of biological control agents for management of major invasive alien & indigenous forest pathogens
  • CFS Genomics – Seeing the forest through the genes
  • Phytophthora ramorum, the canker fungus-like organism causing "sudden oak death"
  • Forest Invasive Alien species


  • B.Sc. Honours (Forestry), 1972, University of Mosul, Nineveh, Mesopotamia (Iraq);
  • M.Sc. (Forest Pathology and Biotechnology), 1980, North Carolina State University at Raleigh;
  • Ph.D. (Forest Pathology and Biotechnology), 1988, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, USA.