Simon Scott


Contact Information

Office: 231 Long Hall
Lab:    226 Jordan Hall 
Fax:    864-656-0435



  • Ph.D. University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1975
  • B.Sc. Applied Biology (Honors Ecology) University of Hertfordshire, 1971

Research Interests

Plant virus research specializing in viruses infecting fruit trees and other woody species. Development of sensitive detection systems. Characterization at the molecular level of etiological agents not previously associated with diseases. Taxonomy of the genus Ilarvirus. RT- PCR, Real time PCR, Sanger sequencing, and Next Generation Sequencing are used in these laboratory investigations. Screening budwood sources for the presence of viruses of economic importance to peach growers in the southeastern US using ELISA. 

Selected Publications

  • The Molecular Biology of Ilarviruses (2013)  Vicente Pallas, Frederic Aparicio, Mari C. Herranz, Jesus A. Sanchez-Navarro, Simon W. Scott Advances in Virus Research, Volume 87: 139 -183.
  • Bujarski, J., Figlerowicz, M., Gallitelli, D., Roossinck, M.J. and Scott, S.W. (2012) Bromoviridae. In: Virus taxonomy: classification and nomenclature of viruses: Ninth Report of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. Ed: King, A.M.Q., Adams, M.J., Carstens, E.B. and Lefkowitz, E.J. pp 935-946.
  • Scott, S.W.  (2012). Ilarvirus. Bromoviridae. The Springer Index of Viruses, 187-194, DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-95919-1_27 Springer-Verlag.
  • Kirkpatrick,  B.C., Pasquini, G.,  Scott, S., and Foissac, X. (2011) Economic Impact of Pome and Stone Fruit Phytoplasmas In“Virus and Virus-like Diseases of Pome and Stone Fruits”  Eds Ahmed Hadidi, Marina Barba, Thierry Candresse, and Wilhelm Jelkmann. APS Press.
  • Howell, W.E., Thompson, D., and Scott, S. (2011) Virus-like Disorders of Fruit Trees with Undetermined Etiology.  In “Virus and Virus-like Diseases of Pome and Stone Fruits” Edited by Ahmed Hadidi, Marina Barba, Thierry Candresse, and Wilhelm Jelkmann. APS Press.
  • Tzanetakis, I.E., Martin, R.R., Scott, S.W. (2010) Genomic sequences of blackberry chlorotic ringspot virus and strawberry necrotic shock virus and the phylogeny of viruses in subgroup 1 of the genus Ilarvirus. Archives of Virology 155:557–561
  • Marini,D.B., Gibson,P.G. and Scott, S.W. 2009 The complete nucleotide sequence of an isolate of Asian prunus virus 1 from peach [Prunus persica (L) Batch]. Archives of Virology 154: 1375 – 1377

Recent Courses

  • MICRO 416/616  - Introductory Virology
  • BIOSC 455/654  - Plant Virology

Graduate Students

  • Bindu Poudel, Ph.D., Plant & Environmental Sciences

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Applied Biologists