Group of Plant and Environmental Biotechnology (BIOPLANET)

The research group BIOPLANET consists of two Faculty members, Dr Dimitrios Karpouzas, who is the coordinator of BIOREMEDIAT-OMICS, Dr Kalliope Papadopoulou and Dr Liadaki. The group carries out research into plant metabolism, interactions between plants and microorganisms and the environment and the biotechnological applications of plants and microorganisms in (a) sustainable production processes, (b) production of bioactive molecules and (c) environmental protection. Research within the group spans microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, computational biology, and genetics, working with both with microorganisms (bacteria and fungi) as well as model and crop plants.


Dr Dimitrios G. Karpouzas, Assis. Prof. in Environmental Microbiology & Biotechnology
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He has a first degree in Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaly, an MSc in Crop Protection, University of Reading UK and a PhD in microbial metabolism pesticides, University of Reading. His main research focus is on 1) microbial metabolism of pesticides in soil and isolation of bacteria able to detoxify agrochemicals 2) development of depuration systems for the treatment of agro-industrial effluents 3) assessment of the effects of agro-industrial wastewaters and agrochemicals on the structure and function of soil microbes 4) basic processes controlling the environmental fate of pesticides. He is the author of 70 articles in peer reviewed journals, 2 chapters in books and an editor of a book. He is also associate editor of BIODEGRADATION and member of several scientific committees including the SETAC Pesticide Microbiology Group, IUPAC Subcommittee on Crop Protection Chemistry and Secretary of the Hellenic Scientific Society of Mikrobiocosmos. He is the coordinator of the BIOREMEDIATOMICS project.
Dr Kalliope K. Papadopoulou, Assoc. Prof. in Plant Biotechnology
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She has a first degree in Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from the Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Agricultural University of Athens. Her main research interests are in plant secondary metabolism and in plant-microbe interactions, the latter extending to soil ecology subjects. She is the author of 40 publications in peer reviewed journals, and co-author of a book on Molecular Developmental Plant Biology. She is associate editor of Annals of Applied Biology. She will participate in soil functional metagenomic analysis
Dr Evangelia Papadopoulou, Postdoctoral fellow
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Dr Evangelia Papadopoulou has a first degree in Agriculture and an MSc in Crop Protection from the School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). She was awarded her PhD working jointly in the Laboratory of Pesticide Science, AUTH & in the Laboratory of Plant in Environmental Biotechnology, University of Thessaly (UTH) in December 2013. Her main research interests focus on a) interactions of pesticides with soil microbes and b) development and evaluation of analytical methods for the dissipation of pesticides from soil. She has 3 publications in peer reviewed journals. Evangelia will work on functional metagenomic analysis of soils and in the analytical verification of the metabolic pathway of the pesticides studied.
Constantina Rousidou, Phd Student
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Konstantina Rousidou has a first degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Thessaly, an MSc in Biotechnology – Nutrition and Environmental Quality, University of Thessaly. She is currently a PhD candidate working on microbial degradation of pesticides. She is the author of 7 articles in peer reviewed journals. She will be involved in all research aspects of the project with particular focus on the functional analysis of the metabolic pathways of pesticides, the isolation of key detoxification enzymes and the in situ bioremediation of polluted soils.


Recent Selected publications of the BIOPLANET group

  1. Krokida A., Delis C, Geisler Tsikou D, Peña-Rodríguez, L.M., Katsarou, D., Field, B., Osbourn, A.E. Osbourn AE, Papadopoulou KK (2013)A metabolic gene clu
  2. Karpouzas D.G., Papadopoulou, E, Ipsilantis I., Petric I., Udikovic-Kolic N., Djuric S., Kandeler E., Menkissoglu-Spiroudi U., Martin-Laurent F., (2014) Effects of nicosulfuron on the abundance and diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi used as indicators of pesticide soil microbial toxicity. Ecological Indicators 39: 44-53
  3. ster in Lotus japonicus discloses novel enzyme functions and products in triterpene biosynthesis New Phytologist 200: 675-690
  4. Rousidou C., Papadopoulou E., Kortsinidou M., Giannakou I.O., Singh B.K., Menkissoglu-Spiroudi, U., Karpouzas D.G.,(2013) Bio-pesticides: Harmful or harmless to ammonia oxidizing microorganisms? The case of a Paecilomyces lilacinus-based nematicide. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 67:98-105
  5. Ipsilantis I., Samourelis C., Karpouzas D.G., (2012) The impact of botanical pesticides on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 45: 147-155
  6. Hadar Y, Papadopoulou KK. (2012) Suppressive composts: microbial ecology links between abiotic environments and healthy plants. Annual Review of Phytopathology 50:133-153
  7. Karanasios E. Tsiropoulos N. Karpouzas D.G., (2012) On-farm biopurification systems for the depuration of pesticide-wastewaters: recent advances and future perspectives. Biodegradation 23(6): 787-802
  8. Omirou M, Dalias P., Costa C., Papastefanou C., Dados A., Ehaliotis C., Karpouzas D.G., (2012) Exploring the potential of biobeds for the depuration of pesticide-contaminated wastewaters from the citrus production industry: laboratory, column and field studies. Environmental Pollution 166: 31-39
  9. Chanika E., Soueref E., Georgiadou D, Karas P., Tzortzakakis E., Karanasios E., Karpouzas D.G. (2011) Isolation of soil bacteria able to hydrolyze both organophosphate and carbamate pesticides. Bioresource Technology 102: 3184-3192