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Biographical entry Smith, Ian William (1954 - )

30 January 1954
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Forest pathologist


Ian Smith, an expert in forest pathology, worked for the Victorian government and the University of Melbourne to research and develop strategies to limit the spread of soil-borne pathogens and to rehabilitate affected forests.


Starting his professional career with the Research Branch of the Forests Commission of Victoria in 1977, Ian Smith has undertaken research as Forest Pathologist with Victorian government departments responsible for forest management and the University of Melbourne. His work focus was on the biology and control of plant pathogens in Pinus and Eucalyptus plantations and nurseries, and the productivity and ecology of native eucalypt forests, particularly the biology of the soil-borne pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi. His research contributed to the development of management strategies and policies to limit the spread of P. cinnamomi and the rehabilitation of affected sites.

He has been involved in setting up and supervising several Forest Health Surveillance programs, including with the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Forestry, and lead an eradication program for an exotic pine nematode in Victoria. Ian Smith has provided technical advice to Biosecurity Victoria, Biosecurity Australia and Plant Health Committee, and represented government departments on several national and international committees on forest health and biosecurity issues. Since 2000 he has lectured in Forest Pathology at the University of Melbourne in forest science and horticulture courses.


Education - Bachelor of Science (Honours), Monash University

Published resources


  • Marks, G.C. and Smith, I.W., The cinnamon fungus in Victorian forests : history distribution management and control., Department of Conservation and Environment, East Melbourne, 1991, 33 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Neumann, F.G., Smith, I.W. and Collett, N.G., 'Diseases and insect pests.', in Ferguson, I.S., and Nambiar, E.S. (eds), New Forests: Wood Production and Environmental Services, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 2005, p. 257. Details
  • Shearer, B.L. & Smith, I.W., 'Diseases of Eucalypts caused by soil-borne species of Phytophthora and Pythium.', in Keane, P.J., Kile, G.A., Podger, F.D. & Brown, B.N. (ed.), Diseases and pathogens of eucalypts, CSIRO, 2000, pp. 259-284. Details

Journal Articles

  • Barber, P. A.; Smith, I. W. and Keane, P.J., 'Foliar diseases of Eucalyptus spp. grown for ornamental cut foliage', Australasian Plant Pathology, vol. 32, no. 1, 2003, pp. 109-111. Details
  • Luck, J.E., Cznov, R., Czerniakowski, B., Smith, I.W. and Moran. J.R., 'Investigating the presence of biotic agents associated with Mundulla Yellows.', Plant Disease, vol. 90, 2006, pp. 404-410. Details
  • Smith, I. W. & Marks, G. C., 'Effect of moisture stress in Eucalyptus sieberi on growth of lesions caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi.', Australian Forest Research, vol. 16, 1986, pp. 273-279. Details
  • Smith, I.W. & Marks, G.C., 'Influence of Acacia spp. on the control of Phytophthora cinnamomi root rot of Eucalyptus sieberi.', Australian Forest Research, vol. 13, 1983, pp. 231-240. Details
  • Smith, Ian and Keane, Philip, 'Obituaries: Geoffrey Charles Marks, 1932-1990', Australasian Plant Pathology, vol. 19, no. 3, 1990, p. 99. Details

Online Resources

Ian Smith, Peter Fagg & Christine Moje