Laboratory of Plant Pathology

  • Study of the biology and epidemiology of the pathogens responsible for the main crop diseases in Crete.
  • Study of the rhizosphere and phyllosphere microflora.
  • Development of techniques, methods and means on integrated or biological control of diseases, to reduce the impacts of the use of chemicals on the agroecosystem and the public health.
  • Study on the effectiveness of new active substances with fungicide and bactericide action.
  • Use of mild fungicides for the control of plant diseases.


  • Development and widely application of the physico-biological method of soil solarization for the control of pests, pathogens and weeds and the improvement of soil fertility.
  • Analyzation of the total soil mycoflora of the greenhouse areas at the prefecture of Chania. Isolation of 10 beneficial species which could be used on the preparation of biological products or artificial suppressive soils for the control of soil pathogens.


  • Development of methods, by utilizing the phenomenon of allelopathy, of using vegetative essential oils in practice for the control of Botrytis on tomato and Ascosphaerosis on bees.
  • Study of the possibility to control crop diseases by the use of biological products and soft fungicides, such as sulfur with Thiobacillus, parafinic oils, sodium bicarbonate and phosphonate compounds.
  • Assisted towards the development of an integrated program for the control of Botrytis, based on the monitoring of the pathogen resistance level and the use of specific plastic material for the roof of the greenhouse.
  • Contribution, through relevant studies, to the production of a specific plastic material with high impenetrability in methyl bromide.
  • Support for the approval of 15 new fungicides through experiments for the effectiveness of new active substances.
  • Study and development of biological and chemical methods for the control of new diseases observed on citrus trees and kiwifruit plants (citrus dry root rot, Alternaria of kiwifruit plant).


  • Study the growth of techniques and means as alternative of the methyl bromide in the control of soil pathogens of greenhouse vegetables.
  • Efforts made for the development of artificial suppressive soils with selective indigenous antagonists for the control of soilborne diseases in various crops.
  • Study the use of spraying solution ionized with cooper ions towards the direction of reducing fungicide and especially copper doses.
  • Study of the possibility to control soilborne diseases with the use of ozone diluted in the irrigation water alone or in combination with antagonistic fungi.
  • Study of the effectiveness of the plant defense system stimulator harpin Ea for the control of soilborne as well as upper part diseases.
  • Technical support to approximately 500 growers every year, for the control of the phytopathological problems of their crops.



Research Projects
  • "Network development for exchanging information on the research and applications of biological farming. Ministry of Agriculture.
  • "Production of biological olive oil". LEADER II.
  • "Control of Varroa jacobsoni Oud by the use of vegetative substances". Ministry of Agriculture.
  • "Study of effectiveness of plant protective and other means for the control of several plant diseases". Founding: Various Companies.
  • "Alternative methods of soil disinfection for the replacement of methyl bromide". Ministry of Agriculture.
  • "Regional Network of Technology Supply (RENTS)". Innovative Actions ERFD 2000-06.
  • "Accreditation trials - Demostration applications in Integrated Production of Olive (Table - Oil varieties)". AGROCERT.
  • "Support study on applying codes of Good Agricultural Practice". Elaiourgiki.
  • "Modernization and reformation of Corfu island olive grove". Hellenic Ministry of Rural Development and Food.


  • BOURBOS, V. A. et SKOUDRIDAKIS, M. T., 1993. Efficacite de quelques fongicides cupriques a l' egard de Spilocaea oleagina. Bulletin OEPP/EPPO, 23, 393-397.
  • BOURBOS, V. A. et SKOUDRIDAKIS, M. T., 1994. Possibilite d' une lutte integree conte la cladosporiose de tomate en serre. Bulletin OILB srop, 17(5), 39-42.
  • BOURBOS, V. A., and SKOUDRIDAKIS M. T, 1995. Pontential for control of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (lib.) de Bary in tomato in non heated greenhouse by soil solarization. IOBC Wprs Bulletin Vol 18 (3) 60-63.
  • BOURBOS, V. A., and SKOUDRIDAKIS, M. T., 1996. Soil solarization for the control of Verticillium wilt of greenhouse tomato. Phytoparasitica 24,4 277-280.
  • BOURBOS, V. A. e SKOUDRIDAKIS, M. T., 1996. L alternariosi dei frutti dell Actinidia sinensis. Petria ,11,121-124.
  • BOURBOS, V. A., SKOUDRIDAKIS, M. T., DARAKIS, G. A. and KOULIZAKIS, M., 1997. Calcium cyanamide and soil solarization for the control of Fusarium solani f. sp. cucurbitae. Crop Protection,16 (4),383-386.
  • DARAKIS, G. A, BOURBOS, V. A. and SKOUDRIDAKIS, M. T., 1997. Phosphonate transport in Phytophthora carpsici. Plant Pathology 46, 762-772.
  • BOURBOS, V. A., SKOUNDRIDAKIS, M. T., METZIDAKIS, I., 1999. Alternaria alternata: a new disease of leafy cuttings of olive shoots. Acta Hort. 474, 585-588.
  • BOURBOS, V. A. and SKOUDRIDAKIS, M. T., 2000. Control of soil borne diseases of cultivated plants by mycorrhizae. Phytopatholοgia Mediterranea, 39:2, 326.
  • BOURBOS, V. A. and METZIDAKIS, I., 2000. Biological control of Phytophthora cambivora (Petri) Buisman in chestnut tree (Castanea satica Miller). Ecologia Mediterranea 26 (1-2), 123-127.
  • BOURBOS, V.A. and BARBOPOULOU, E.A., 2001. The possibility to control Botrytis cinerea on greenhouse tomato by the use of ionized water in the spraying solution. Phytopathologia Mediterranea, 40:2, 201.
  • BOURBOS, V.A. and BARBOPOULOU, Ε.Α., 2001. Biological control of plant diseases in organic farming. Abstracts of the Meeting of Agrotica: Organic farming-Plant and Animal Production, Thessaloniki, Greece,115-132. (in greek)
  • BOURBOS, V. Α., 2002. Biological control of olive tree soil borne diseases. ECOLIVA, 1st International IFOAM Organic Olive Conference, 22-25 May 2002, Sierra de Segura, Spain.
  • BOURBOS, V. Α., BARBOPOULOU, Ε.Α. and GEORGIADIS, K., 2002. Biological control of Botrytis cinerea by the use of essential oils. 5th World Congress and 8th ISHS Symposium on the processing tomato, 8-10 June 2002, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • BOURBOS, V. Α., BARBOPOULOU, Ε. Α. and VENETIS, K., 2002. Control of Fusarium oxysporum Schl. f.sp. lycopersici (Sacc) in greenhouse tomato by the use of soil solarization in combination with chitin and sulphur with Thiobacillus spp. XXVIth International Horticultural Congress, 11-17 August 2002, Toronto, Canada.
  • BOURBOS, V. A. and BARBOPOULOU, E. A., 2003. Possibility to control Spilocaea oleagina (Cast.) Hugh with the utilisation of ionized water in the spraying solution. Abstract of the 1st European Meeting of the IOBC/WPRS study Group "Integrated control in Olives", 29-31 May, MAICH, Chania, Greece, 81.
  • BOURBOS, V.A. and BARBOPOULOU, E.A., 2003. Colletotrichum acutatum: a new disease of olive tree in Crete (preliminary report). Proceedings of the International Symposium on "The Olive Tree and the Environment", pp 121-125.
  • BOURBOS, V.A. and BARBOPOULOU, E.A., 2004. Possibility to control vine downy mildew (Plasmopara viticola) with the use of ionized water in spraying solution. Proceedings of GSHS 11 (2), 183-186. (in greek)
  • BACANDRITSOS, Ν., BOURBOS, V.A and ANASTASSIADOU, H., 2004. Possibility of treating varoa acariasis (Varoa jacobsoni Oud) with natural substances. Vet. Glasnik, 58 (3-4), 359-368.
  • BOURBOS, V.A. and BARBOPOULOU, E.A., 2007. Black decay of mango (Mangifera indicum, L.) fruits. A new disease for Greece. Proceedings of GSHS 12 (1), 345-348 (in greek).
  • BARBOPOULOU, E.A., BOURBOS, V.A., MIKALEF L., GEORGIADIS K., 2007. Possibility for integrated control of botrytis (Botrytis cinerea, Pers) in greenhouse tomatoes. Proceedings of GSHS 13 (2), 947-950. (in greek).
  • BARBOPOULOU E., NTOUGIAS S., ZERVAKIS G., PAPADAKIS I., PSARRAS G., KAVROULAKIS N., 2009. Isolation and characterization of a potential phytopathogenic oomycete of Pythium genus from avocado trees. Procceeding of the 8th GSHS, 14, 317-320. (in greek).




Mathioudakis Manthos
Researcher, Head of the Lab

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