Help to improve Canada’s evaluation of the phytosanitary risks related to sudden oak death


  1. To better estimate the risk of P. ramorum in eastern Canada, inoculate species such as Quercus rubra, Acer saccharum, Fraxinus americana, Betula alleghaniensis, Abies balsamea and Larix laricina in order to evaluate their susceptibility.
  2. Re-isolate P. ramorum following inoculations.
  3. Assess P. ramorum sporulation following inoculations (see point 2).
  4. Conduct real-time PCR analyses to quantitatively estimate the presence of P. ramorum following inoculations (see point 2).
  5. Study the infection process of this pathogen using a microscope.
  6. Obtain climatic data from locations in Europe where this disease has occurred in order to produce more precise risk models for Canada.

Research team

  • Simard, Marie
  • Jinek, Andréa
  • Bilodeau, Guillaume
  • Hamelin, Richard
  • McKenney, Dan


  • Brière, Stéphan (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)
  • Watson, Alan ( McGill University)


Project status

  • On-going

Team members