Athanasia Mandoulaki

PhD student
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About me

I am an Agronomist by training. I have completed my Degree (B.Sc) in the Department of Plant Protection at the School of Agriculture of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. I hold a Master of Science Degree on Ecology, Management and Conservation of Natural Environment of the Department of Biology, University of Patras. Currently, I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science in Cyprus University of Technology. The last five years, I have been involved in three EC funded projects, a) the FP7 CO-FREE (http://www.co-free.eu/), b) the LIFE+ CONOPS (www.conops.gr) and c) the AgroLIFE (www.agrolife.eu) projects that were focused on a) the development of novel alternative compounds and innovative methods to control plant diseases and b) the development of integrated management plans for the effective and environmental friendly control of the invasive mosquito species spread and establishment across Europe and c) the promotion, protection and enhancement of biodiversity in High Nature Value farmlands (vineyards and carob groves) in Cyprus. I have gained experience on the Mediterranean vineyard agro-ecosystems, on the protection of grapevines from fungal pathogens and harmful insects and on the development of strategies of low input and organic farming focused on the protection of environment and the biodiversity conservation. In addition, I have also gained knowledge on issues related to invasive mosquito species in Europe and Greece due to climate change, the evaluation of the efficacy of new natural repellents and on public health issues related to diseases transmitted by these vectors. My research interests include the study of agro-ecosystems and biodiversity focusing mainly on Mediterranean High Nature Value farmlands (HNVf) and their relevant ecological and management features, sustainable crop protection, and the development of strategies for low input and organic farming.