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Friday, 22.09.2017

Plant Protection Institute of Heraklion (P.P.I.H.)

  The main objective of the Institute is the development of integrated control strategies for theprotection of cultivated and ornamental plants from pests and pathogens. The Institute is comprised of the following three Laboratories.

 

1. Laboratory of Entomology and Agricultural Zoology is studying the biological diversity of pests and beneficial arthropods at the gene, species and community level and develops its research in the following axes:

  • molecular diversity of agricultural pests and population differentiation,
  • polymorphism of genes implicated in insecticide resistance,
  • species diversity of predators used in the biological control (phytoseiid mites, heteropteran insects) on vegetable, citrus, vine and olive crops and the role of wild plants on the communities of beneficial insects
  • detection and monitoring of new emerging/introduced crop pests
  • comparative insect behaviour and insect behaviour manipulation
  • diversity of insect and mite endosymbionts related to reproductive incompatibilities.

 

2. Laboratory of Phytopathology with the following research objectives:

  • detection and diagnosis of new fungal diseases of cultivated plants,
  • fingerprinting of plant pathogenic fungi with classical, genetic and biotechnological methods involving molecular markers,
  •  collection, characterization and preservation of isolates of plant pathogenic fungi, d) epidemiology of plant fungal diseases,
  •  breeding for resistance of main vegetable crops (tomato, cucurbits etc) to fungal diseases {screening germplasm for resistance, genetic basis (mode of inheritance) of resistance, development of inbred lines and hybrids with resistance etc},
  • chemical, biological and integrated control of fungal diseases of cultivated plants.

3. Laboratory of Nematology

  • detection of problems caused by plant parasitic nematodes
  • studies on the biology and integrated control of plant parasitic nematodes.

 

Facilities:Plant growth chambers, lyophylizers, laminar flow cabinets, incubators, autoclaves, greenhouses, standard molecular biology equipment, plant pathogenic fungal stocks, olfactometer, system for monitoring the insect behavior with automated tracking, adequate facilities for rearing and maintaining different insect strains.