Agricultural Research Institute (ARI)


The team will constituted by Michalis Omirou (senior researcher on environmental microbiology and nutrient cycling in agricultural ecosystems), Dionysia Fasoula (Senior Researcher on Plant Breeding and Molecular Genetics with special focus on climate change and plant adaptation), Grivas Maratheftis (senior researcher on food technology), Nicos Seraphides (Senior Researcher on insect biology, ecology and behavior with a longstanding experience on integrated crop management) and Ioannis M. Ioannides (Head of the Agrobiotechnology Department).
This team has been long engaged in several EU and national projects (MED-ALGAE, DIVERSIFOOD, LIFE+ORGANIKO, BIOBEDS, BIOFUME, BIOREMEDIATOMICS, BIOMARKERS, SUSVAR, AGWATER, , MEDFLYTrap, PHYTOPEST, RESISTVIR, EUPHRESCO). In particular, ARI team activities have been mainly addressed on environmental microbiology, molecular biology, entomology, food technology and plant breeding issues, providing authorities and companies with a better basis for decision-making and a powerful competitive edge, based on reduced impact on the environment and wiser management of natural resources.
ARI will lead the key WP4 (Improved management practices) and four tasks, namely Task 1.1, 2.3, and 4.1. and 5.3. Its main activities will concern data collection and harmonization, evaluate biotic stressors impacts, soil and chemistry issues, management practices, sustainable and economic indicators indicator analysis, communication and dissemination, and stakeholder engagement.
● Skouras, P. J., Margaritopoulos, J. T., Seraphides, N. A., Ioannides, I. M., Kakani, E. G., Mathiopoulos, K. D., & Tsitsipis, J. A Organophosphate resistance in olive fruit fly, Bactrocera oleae, populations in Greece and Cyprus
Pest Management Science (63), 42-48 (2007)
DOI: 10.1002/ps.1306
● Kakani GE, Sagri E,s Omirou M, Ioannides MI, Mathiopoulos DK
Detection and geographical distribution of the organophosphate resistance-associated 3Q ace mutation in the olive fruit fly, Bactrocera oleae (Rossi)
Pest Manag Sci (70), 743-750 (2014)
DOI 10.1002/ps.3564
● Omirou M, Rousidou C, Bekris F, Papadopoulou KK, Menkissoglou-Spiroudi U, Ehaliotis C, Karpouzas GD
The impact of biofumigation and chemical fumigation methods on the structure and function of the soil microbial community. Microbial Ecology (61), 201-213 (2011)
● Seraphides N.A
Olive Gap Manual “Good Agricultural Practices for the Near East and North African Countries” AARINENA, FAO Chapter 11 . “Olive pests and disease management” (11), 211-235 (2010)
● Kakani, E. G., Ioannides, I. M., Margaritopoulos, J. T., Seraphides, N. A., Skouras, P. J., Tsitsipis, J. A., & Mathiopoulos, K. D. A small deletion in the olive fly acetylcholinesterase gene associated with high levels of organophosphate resistance Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (38), 781-787 (2008)