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Vassilis Fotopoulos

Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology & Food Science

Vassilis Fotopoulos is Associate Professor at the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science. He obtained his BSc in Horticulture from Wye College, University of London, and his MSc in Pest Management (Plant Disease) from Imperial College London. He holds a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from the University of Southampton, U.K. His post-doctoral research was carried out in the Laboratory of Biotechnology of Pharmaceutical Plants at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as well as in the Institute of Agrobiotechnology, CE.R.T.H., in Thessaloniki. His main research interests include the study of oxidative and nitrosative signaling cascades involved in the plant’s response to abiotic and biotic stress factors, the evaluation of priming agents on the antioxidant mechanism of plants under abiotic stress conditions, as well as the study of secondary metabolites with pharmaceutical and antioxidant activity.

Contact Details:

  • (+357) 25002418
  • vassilis.fotopoulos@cut.ac.cy
  • http://plant-stress.weebly.com

  • Priming effect and antioxidant responses of strawberry plants under drought and salinity conditions (accomplished PhD dissertation)
  • Tocochromanol biosynthetic pathway in olive fruit (accomplished PhD dissertation)
  • Metabolic and transcriptional elucidation of the carotenoid biosynthesis pathway reveals distinct regulation patterns between peel and flesh tissue of loquat fruit during on-tree development
  • Deciphering the interplay among maturity stage and low-temperature storage on ripening behaviour and phytochemical properties on peach and nectarine fruit
  • The physiological disorder of purple spot in loquat fruit


Carlos Crisosto

Department of Plant Sciences, UCDavis, US

Carlos Crisosto is currently Full Pomologist, at University of California, Davis. The focus of his research and extension program is the postharvest biology and technology of fruits, especially peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, cherries, table grapes, figs, kiwifruits, olives, pomegranates, and persimmons, as well as tree nuts such as pistachios, almonds and walnuts. The goal of his research program is to develop a better understanding of the orchard factors and postharvest factors that control fruit flavor and shelf life and to develop technology to overcome fruit industry problems. He is applying genomic techniques to identify gene(s) responsible for fruit sensory attributes (both desirable and undesirable), and investigating physiological disorders such as chilling injury. He is also using sensory techniques, such as trained panels and “in store” consumer tests, to describe fruit flavor characteristics and losses during postharvest handling.

Contact Details:

  • (+1)5307527549
  • chcrisosto@ucdavis.edu
  • https://www.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/PlantSciences_Faculty/crisosto

  • Post-doctoral research in his group at UCDavis
  • Co-authorship of review papers and book chapters
  • Bilateral cooperation (CUT-UCDavis) in common research initiatives (e.g. SO2 effect in blueberries, ozone effect on kiwifruit postharvest performance)


Ariel Vicente

Cátedra de Agroindustrias Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias & Forestales Calle, La Plata, Argentina

Ariel Vicente is an Agronomic Engineer at the University of La Plata, with a Master in Plant Biology University of California Davis USA, and a PhD in Biochemistry University of La Plata, Argentina. Current positions: Assistant Professor University of La Plata Argentina and Independent Researcher of CONICET, Argentina. Author of several publications in Postharvest Technology, Food Sciences and Biochemistry. Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Experimental Botany, UK. Reviewer for more than 30 Journals in the areas of Postharvest Technology, Plant Biology and Food Science. His group is interested in the evaluation of cell wall metabolism of fruits and vegetables associated with fruit ripening or storage disorders. His work also deals with the evaluation of hormonal and UV-C, ozone and heat treatments to reduce spoilage, maintain quality and prevent physiological disorders in fruits and vegetables.

Contact Details:

  • (+54)2214236758 Ext. 441
  • arielvicente@quimica.unlp.edu.ar
  • www.unlp.edu.ar/

  • Cell wall properties of albedo and flavedo tissue in the incidence of Citrus non-chilling peel pitting
  • Loquat postharvest performance, phytochemical profile and cell wall composition
  • The effect of ozone in cell wall properties of kiwifruit


Claudio Bonghi

University of Padova, Department of Environmental Agronomy & Crop Science, Italy

Claudio Bonghi is senior researcher in the Faculty of Agriculture at the Department of Environmental Agronomy and Crop Science of the University of Padova. In 1992, he was awarded his PhD degree in the field of ‘Crop Physiology’ from the University of Padova. He was visiting scientist at the Department of Horticultural Science, Texas A & M University and at Plant, Soil & Nutrition Laboratory of Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). His scientific activity is mainly focused on biochemical and molecular aspects of growth, maturation and postharvest ripening of an array of fruit species (peach, kiwifruit, apple, grape). His recent research interests include the identification of genes involved in the ripening process of tomato, peach, apple and grape by means of microarray technique. He is member of ESTRee consortium, an Italian network that produces tools for genetic and genomic studies on Rosaceae species. This consortium developed the first available microarray for peach and other stone fruits. He has published over 110 papers, including original papers on scientific journals (42), lectures, communications and posters presented at congresses (49), and book chapters (4).

Contact Details:

  • +390498272844
  • claudio.bonghi@unipd.it
  • www.dafnae.unipd.it/claudio-bonghi

  • Co-supervisor of the IEF Marie Curie fellowship, related to system biology approaches in fleshy fruits
  • Elucidation of plum fruit ripening mechanisms of cultivars with diverse patterns of ripening, jointly with Dr. Livio Trainotti, Associate Professorat the University of Padova, Faculty of Biology, Italy


Panos Kalaitzis

Department of Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute at Chania, Greece

Panos Kalaitzis got his bachelor degree from the School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He continued his studies at the Department of Horticulture, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute at Chania where he acquired the DSPU in Protected Crops. Afterwards, he served as a research assistant in an EU-funded project at the Institute of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (IMBB) at Heraklion for a year. He was then awarded a USDA-ARS, USA fellowship for PhD studies at the interdisciplinary program on Molecular & Cell Biology (MOCB program) at the University of Maryland – College Park, USA. His PhD work focused on the isolation and characterization of polygalacturonases (PG) and cellulases from tomato abscission zones, where he cloned the first plant abscission PG. He then spent one and a half year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Natural Resource Sciences, University of Maryland working on the molecular basis of hypoxic response in plants, before becoming Studies/Reseach Coordinator at the Department of Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute at Chania. He has more than 20 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and 300 citations. He coordinated 14 EU- and Nationally-funded research, technology and development projects.

Contact Details:

  • (+30)2821035030
  • panagiot@maich.gr
  • www.maich.gr

  • Co-chair of the forthcoming ISHS V Postharvest Unlimited Symposium
  • Chair of the forthcoming III ISHS Horticulture in Europe Symposium, organized jointly with CUT
  • Tocochromanol biosynthetic pathway in olive fruit (accomplished PhD disertation)


Maria-Teresa Lafuente

Instituto de Agroquímica & Tecnología de Alimentos (IATA), Food Science Department, Group: Postharvest Physiology and Biotechnology, Valencia, Spain

Maria Teresa Lafuente is a member of the Scientific Staff of the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) in the Food Science Technology Department at the IATA, Valencia, Spain. She obtained her BSc and her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Valencia, Spain. Her post-doctoral research was carried out in the University of California at Davis (Mann Laboratory, Department of Vegetable Crops) in the field of ‘Postharvest Physiology’. Her main research interests include the study of physiological and molecular mechanisms (polyamines, phenylpropanoids, oxidative stress, carbohydrates) involved in the tolerance of citrus fruit to stresses causing postharvest physiological disorders, as well as the study of the role of the hormones ethylene and abscisic acid in such mechanisms and in the fruit quality attributes.

Contact Details:

  • (+34)963900022 Ext 2014
  • mtlafuente@iata.csic.es
  • http://www.iata.csic.es/

  • Elucidation of mechanisms regulating the non-chilling peel pitting in Citrus fruit


Pietro Tonutti

Scuola Superiore Sant’ Anna, Department of Life Sciences, Pisa, Italy

Pietro Tonutti is currently full professor, responsible for the Post-Harvest labs of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), one of the three public Universities in Pisa, Italy. He received his PhD in Crop Physiology (1989) from the Faculty of Agriculture – University of Padova (Italy) where, in 1990, he became a Faculty member as a Researcher (1990-1992), then an Associate Professor (1992-2002), and in 2002 he became a Full Professor in Fruit Science. During November 2006 Tonutti then became Professor of Fruit Crop and Postharvest Physiology at SSSA, where he served as the Director of the Research Division (2008-2010) and is now currently Head of the International Relations Office. In addition, Pietro Tonutti has coordinated a number of research projects and is the author of many technical and scientific papers and book chapters in both Italian and English. He is a founding member of the National Postharvest Working Group, active since 1994 within the Italian Society for Horticultural Science (SOI) and the Italian Consortium for Genomics Studies in Rosaceae (ESTree Consortium). In 2004 Professor Tonutti convened the 5th International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), Postharvest Symposium in Verona and in 2006 he was elected Chair of the ISHS Quality and Postharvest Horticulture Commission for the period 2006-2010. Prof. Tonutti has been appointed as the expert member of the Horticultural Science sector by the Italian Agency for Research and University Evaluation (ANVUR) and is a member of the Editorial Board of Postharvest Biology and Technology. He has been and currently is involved in several projects dealing with fruit (olives, grapes, peaches, apples) ripening and post-harvest behavior using integrated biochemical and molecular approaches.

Contact Details:

  • (+39)3404672153
  • pietro.tonutti@sssup.it
  • www.sssup.it

  • Co-supervisor of work carried out under the auspices of IEF Marie Curie fellowships
  • Strengthen cooperation between our Institutions, validated by the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding.


Costas Biliaderis

Department of Food Science & Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Costas G. Biliaderis is a Professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Aristotle University (1975), his M.Sc. (1978) and Ph.D. (1980) degrees from University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and he has held appointments as a research associate with the National Research Council of Canada (1980-81), a project chemist with Kraft-General Foods, Inc. (1984-85), an Associate Professor with the University of Manitoba, Canada (1985-1993) and a visiting Professor with the Cyprus University of Technology (2010). He has been also an Adjunct Professor with the University of Guelph, Canada (1985-87), as well as an invited Professor in the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania – CIHEAM (Chania, Crete, Greece, 1994-2016) and the Dept. of Nutrition and Dietetics, Harokopio University of Athens (2007-16), giving lectures in the graduate programs of these Institutions. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal ‘Bioactive Carbohydrates and Dietary Fiber’ and a current or former member of the editorial board of three scientific journals (Carbohydrate Polymers, Journal of Food Protection, International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition). He is the author and co-author of more than 190 research journal articles (Web of Science) and 16 book chapters in the broad area of food chemistry and physical chemistry of food systems, with a focus on the structure-function relationships of food constituents in model systems or real food products, as well as the co-editor of a book entitled “Functional Food Carbohydrates” published by CRC Press (2007). Throughout his academic career, he has supervised eight doctoral, 30 M.Sc. theses (all research type) and eight post-doctoral fellows, and served as an invited external examiner of eighteen doctoral theses in several European and Canadian Universities. Dr. Biliaderis has more than 230 presentations in International Conferences and Workshops, including 40 invited talks-lectures, and participated as faculty in many short courses organized internationally. His current research interests include the chemistry and physical chemistry of polymeric food carbohydrates (plant and microbial origin), thermal analysis of food constituents and thermophysical properties of polysaccharide blends, the processing and storage effects on texture and stability of food products and their constituents, the physical chemistry and properties of food dispersions (o/w) with engineered interfaces, structured delivery systems as well as functional foods and nutraceuticals. He has directed more than thirty research projects funded by National and International institutions as well as various food industries, and served as a member of the Functional Food and Nutraceutical Advisory Board, Forbes Medi-Tech. Inc., Vancouver, BC, Canada (1998-2006). Dr. Biliaderis was named as ‘highly cited researcher’ by ISI-Thomson Scientific (since 2003), with more than 9750 citations (Web of Science) for his published research articles (h-index 60, Web of Science), and received several awards for his achievements in research, teaching, and scholarly works.

Contact Details:

  • (+30)2310991797
  • biliader@agro.auth.gr
  • www.auth.gr/en/agro

  • Bioactive profile and phytochemical status of clingstone peach cultivars
  • The effect of thermal processing on composition of bioactives
  • Optimizing peach pasteurization process with novel heating technologies
  • Production of processed low-calorie products

Serkos Haroutounian

Professor of Chemistry, Department of Nutritional Physiology and Feeding, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece

Serkos Haroutounian holds B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the University of Patras, Greece and PhD studies at the Agricultural University of Athens. He carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois (1986–7), specializing on the biomedical applications of organic synthesis. On 1989 he became lecturer of Chemistry at the AUA, where currently serves as Professor of Chemistry. During 1992–1993 he returned at the UI as visiting professor, while on 2002 he was also appointed Coordinator-Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Hellenic Open University. His research interests concern the applications of Organic-Analytical Chemistries for the development of novel bioactive molecules-preparations targeting their utilization as food additives, functional foods, biocides and medicines for humans-animals. His research group, consisting of a tenured PhD scientist, two postdocs, six graduate students and two technicians. Currently he is involved in the implementation of two EU co-funded projects (www.conops.gr, www.lifeclimatree.eu), He has 132 scientific publications (original papers, patents, review articles and book chapters), 91 presentations and numerous invited lectures in national and international scientific conferences, symposia and workshops, all concerning various areas of food chemistry, natural products valorisation and medicinal chemistry.

Contact Details:

  • (+30)210 529 4247
  • sehar@aua.gr
  • www.aua.gr/haroutounian

  • Bioactive profile and phytochemical status of clingstone peach cultivars
  • The effect of thermal processing on composition of bioactives
  • Optimizing peach pasteurization process with novel heating technologies

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