Selected Publications of Pesticide Science Laboratory



  • Vlogiannitis S, Mavridis K, Dermauw W, Snoeck S, Katsavou E, Morou E, Harizanis P, Swevers L, Hemingway J, Feyereisen R, Van Leeuwen T, Vontas J. Reduced proinsecticide activation by cytochrome P450 confers coumaphos resistance in the major bee parasite Varroa destructor. PNAS. 118(6):e2020380118. DOI:10.1073/pnas.2020380118. PMID: 33547243.
  • Sakka MK, Riga M, Ioannidis P, Baliota GV, Tselika M, Jagadeesan R, Nayak MK, Vontas J, Athanassiou CJ. Transcriptomic analysis of s-methoprene resistance in the lesser grain borer, Rhyzopertha dominica, and evaluation of piperonyl butoxide as a resistance breaker. BMC Genomics. 22(1):65. DOI:10.1186/s12864-020-07354-8. PMID: 33472593.
  • Vorgia E, Lamprousi M, Denecke S, Vogelsang K, Geibel S, Vontas J, Douris V. Functional characterization and transcriptomic profiling of a spheroid-forming midgut cell line from Helicoverpa zea (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 128:103510. DOI:10.1016/j.ibmb.2020.103510. PMID: 33276037.
  • Swevers L, Denecke S, Vogelsang K, Geibel S, Vontas J. Can the mammalian organoid technology be applied to the insect gut? Pest Manag Sci. 77:55-63. DOI: 10.1002/ps.6067. PMID: 32865304.
  • Nauen R, Zimmer C, Vontas J. Heterologous expression of insect P450 enzymes that metabolize xenobiotics. Curr Opin Insect Sci. 43:78-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.cois.2020.10.011. PMID: 33186746


  • Ingham VA, Anthousi A, Douris V, Harding NJ, Lycett G, Morris M, Vontas J, Ranson H. (2020) A sensory appendage protein protects malaria vectors from pyrethroids. NATURE 577(7790):376-380. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1864-1. PMID: 31875852
  • Singh KS, Troczka BJ, Duarte A, Balabanidou V, Trissi N, Carabajal Paladino LZ, Nguyen P, Zimmer CT, Papapostolou KM, Randall E, Lueke B, Marec F, Mazzoni E, Williamson MS, Hayward A, Nauen R, Vontas J, Bass C. (2020) The genetic architecture of a host shift: An adaptive walk protected an aphid and its endosymbiont from plant chemical defenses. SCIENCE Adv. 6(19): eaba1070. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aba1070
  • E. Fotopoulou, M. Lykogianni, E. Papadimitriou, S. Mavrikou, K. Machera, S. Kintzios, D. Thomaidou*, Κ.Α. Aliferis*, 2020. Mining the effect of the neonicotinoids imidacloprid and clothianidin on the chemical homeostasis and energy equilibrium of primary mouse neural stem/progenitor cells using metabolomics. Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pestbp.2020.104617
  • Kolainis S.I., Koletti A., Lykogianni M., Karamanou D., Gkizi D., Tjamos S.E., Paraskeuopoulos A., Aliferis K.A.*, 2020. An integrated approach to improve plant protection against olive anthracnose caused by the Colletotrichum acutatum species complex. PLoS One. doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0233916
  • Samantsidis G-R, PanteleriR, Denecke S, Kounadi S, Christou I, Nauen R,Douris V, Vontas J. (2020) What I cannot create,I do not understand’: functionally validated synergism of metabolic and targetsite insecticide resistance. Proc. R. Soc. B 287:20200838. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1098/ rspb.2020.0838
  • Karamanou D., Aliferis K.A.*, 2020. The yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) YCF1 vacuole transporter: evidence on its implication into the yeast resistance to flusilazole as revealed by GC/EI/MS metabolomics. Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology 104475. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pestbp.2019.09.013
  • Lykogianni M., Papadopoulou E.A., Sapalidis A., Tsiourvas D., Sideratou Z., Aliferis K.A.*, 2020. Metabolomics reveals differential mechanisms of toxicity of hyperbranched poly(ethyleneimine)-derived nanoparticles to the soil-borne fungus Verticillium dahliae Kleb Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology, 104535. doihttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.pestbp.2020.02.001
  • K.A. Aliferis*, D. Bernard-Perron, 2020. Cannabinomics: application of metabolomics in Cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.) research and development. Frontiers Plant Sciencedoi: 10.3389/fpls.2020.00554
  • Kostopoulou S., Ntatsi G., Arapis G.*, Aliferis K.A.*, 2020. Assessment of the effects of metribuzin, glyphosate, and their mixtures on the metabolism of the model plant Lemna minor L. applying metabolomics. Chemosphere 239, 124582. doihttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.124582
  • Karamanou, D. A., Aliferis, K.A.*, 2020. Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) GC/EI/MS metabolomics dataset. Data in Brief, 29, 105208. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2020.105208
  • Aliferis K.A., 2020. Metabolomics in plant protection product research and development: discovering the mode (s)-of-action and mechanisms of toxicity." In: D. Alvarez-Munoz and M. Farre (Eds.) Environmental Metabolomics Applications in Field and Laboratory Studies, Elsevier Inc., pp. 163-194. Elsevier Inc., doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-818196-6.12001-1
  • Ntatsi G.*, Aliferis K.A.*, Panagiotopoulou A., Rouphae Y., Savvas D., 2020. 1H NMR metabolic profiling data set of spiny chicory (Cichorium spinosum L.) exposed to abiotic stresses. Data in Brief. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2020.105622
  • Kalampokis, I.F., and Aliferis, K.A.*, 2020. Metabolomics in Aspergillus Research: Potential and Applications in Biotechnology, Industry, Medicine, and Crop Protection. in S. Kintzios and S. Mavrikou (Eds), Aflatoxins: Biochemistry, Toxicology, Public Health, Policies and Modern Methods of Analysis. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY, U.S.A. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-818196-6.00006-6
  • Koidou V, Denecke S, Ioannidis P, Vlatakis I, Livadaras I, Vontas J. (2020) Efficient genome editing in the olive fruit fly, Bactrocera oleae. Insect Mol Biol. 39(10):697-706. DOI:10.1111/imb.12640PMID: 32141659
  • Van Leeuwen T, Dermauw W, Mavridis K, Vontas J. (2020) Significance and interpretation of molecular diagnostics for insecticide resistance management of agricultural pests. Curr Opin Insect Sci. 39:69-76. DOI: 10.1016/j.cois.2020.03.006. PMID: 32361620
  • Fotakis EA, Giantsis IA, Castells Sierra J, Tanti F, Balaska S, Mavridis K, Kourtidis S, Vontas J, Chaskopoulou A. (2020) Population dynamics, pathogen detection and insecticide resistance of mosquito and sand fly in refugee camps, Greece. Infect Dis. Poverty. 9(1):30. DOI: 10.1186/s40249-020-0635-4PMID:32183909
  • Katsavou Ε, Vlogiannitis S, Karp-Tatham E, Blake DP, Ilias A, Strube C, Kioulos I, Dermauw W, Van Leeuwen T, Vontas J. (2020) Identification and geographical distribution of pyrethroid resistance mutations in the poultry red mite Dermanyssus gallinae. Pest Manag Sci. 76(1):125-133. DOI:10.1002/ps.5582. PMID:31400055
  • Riga M, Denecke S, Livadaras I, Geibel S, Nauen R, Vontas J. (2020) Development of efficient RNAi in Nezara viridula for use in insecticide target discovery. Arch Insect Biochem Physiol. 103(3):e21650. DOI: 10.1002/arch.21650PMID: 31833096


  • Kostopoulou, S., Ntatsi, G., Arapis, G. and Aliferis, K.A.*, 2019. Original GC/EI/MS total ion chromatograms of Lemna (Lemna minor L.) treated or not with metribuzin, glyphosate, and their binary mixtures. Data in Brief, 27, p.104591. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2019.104591
  • Saleh D., Jarry J., Rani M., Aliferis K., Seguin P., Jabaji S.,2019. Diversity, distribution and multi-functional attributes of bacterial communities associated with the rhizosphere and endosphere of timothy (Phleum pretense L.). Journal of Applied Microbiology. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jam.14334
  • Balabanidou V, Kefi M, Aivaliotis M, Koidou V, Girotti JR, Mijailovsky SJ, Juárez MP, Papadogiorgaki E, Chalepakis G, Kampouraki A, Nikolaou C, Ranson H, Vontas J. (2019) Mosquitoes cloak their legs to resist insecticides. Proc R Soc B. 286:20191091. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1091. PMID: 31311476
  • Tsakireli D, Riga M, Kounadi S, Douris V, Vontas J. (2019) Functional characterization of CYP6A51, a cytochrome P450 associated with pyrethroid resistance in the Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata. Pest Biochem Physiol. 157:196-203. DOI:10.1016/j.pestbp.2019.03.022. PMID:31153469
  • Achee NL, Grieco JP, Vatandoost H, Seixas G, Pinto J, Ching-NG L, Martins AJ, Juntarajumnong W, Corbel V, Gouagna C, David JP, Logan JG, Orsborne J, Marois E, Devine GJ, Vontas J (2019) Alternative strategies for mosquito-borne arbovirus control. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 13(1): e0006822. DOI:10.1371/journal.pntd.0006822. PMID: 30605475
  • Vontas J, Mavridis K. (2019) Vector population monitoring tools for insecticide resistance management: Myth or fact? Pest Biochem Physiol. 161:54-60. DOI:10.1016/j.pestbp.2019.08.005. PMID: 31685197


  • Sevastos A., Kalampokis I., Panagiotopoulou A., Pelecanou M., Aliferis K.A.*,  2018. Implication of Fusarium graminearum primary metabolism in its resistance to benzimidazole fungicides as revealed by 1H NMR metabolomics. Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology 148, 50-61. doi: 10.1016/j.pestbp.2018.03.015
  • Kalampokis I., Kapetanakis G., Aliferis K.A.*, Diallinas G.*, 2018. Multiple nucleobase transporters contribute to boscalid sensitivity in Aspergillus nidulans. Fungal Genetics and Biology 115, 52-63. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fgb.2018.02.004
  • Vontas J, Grigoraki L, Morgan J, Tsakireli D, Fuseini G, Segura L, Niemczura de Carvahlo J, Nguema R, Weetman D, Slotman MA, Hemingway J. (2018) Rapid selection of a pyrethroid metabolic enzyme CYP9K1 by operational malaria control activities. PNAS. 115(18):4619-4624. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1719663115. PMID: 29674455
  • Kampouraki A, Stavrakaki M, Karataraki A, Katsikogiannis G, Pitika E, Varikou K, Vlachaki A, Chrysargyris A, Malandraki E, Sidiropoulos N, Paraskevopoulos A, Gilpathi D, Roditakis E, Vontas J. (2018) Recent evolution and operational impact of insecticide resistance in olive fruit fly Bactrocera oleae populations from Greece. J Pest Sci. 91:1-11. DOI:10.1007/s10340-018-1007-8.
  • Fotakis EA, Giantsis IA, Demir S, Vontas JG, Chaskopoulou A. (2018) Detection of pyrethroid resistance mutations in the major leishmaniasis vector Phlebotomus papatasi. J Med. Entomol. 55(5): 1225-1230. DOI:10.1093/jme/tjy066PMID: 29912381
  • Kefi M, Mavridis K, Simões ML, Dimopoulos G, Siden-Kiamos I, Vontas J. (2018) New rapid one-step PCR diagnostic assay for Plasmodium falciparum infective mosquitoes. Sci Rep. 8(1):1462. DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-19780-6PMID: 29362379


  • Bryon A, Kurlovs AH, Dermauw W, Greenhalgh R, Riga M, Grbić M, Tirry L, Osakabe M, Vontas J, Clark RM, Van Leeuwen T.(2017) Disruption of a horizontally transferred phytoene desaturase abolishes carotenoid accumulation and diapause in Tetranychus urticae. PNAS. 114(29): E5871-5880. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1706865114. PMID: 28674017


  • Douris V, Steinbach D, Panteleri R, Livadaras I, Pickett JA, Van Leeuwen T, Nauen R, Vontas J. (2016) Resistance mutation conserved between insects and mites unravels the benzoylurea insecticide mode of action on chitin biosynthesis. PNAS. 113(51):14692–14697. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1618258113. PMID:27930336
  • Balabanidou V, Kampouraki A, MacLean M, Blomquist GJ, Tittiger C, Juarez MP, Mijailovsky SJ, Chalepakis G, Anthousi A, Lynd A, Antoine S, Hemingway J, Ranson H, Lycett GJ, Vontas J. (2016) Cytochrome P450 associated with insecticide resistance catalyzes cuticular hydrocarbon production in Anopheles gambiae. PNAS. 113(33):9268-9273. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1608295113 PMID: 27439866.
  • Gagné-Bourque, A. Bertrand, A. Claessens, Aliferis K.A., Jabaji S., 2016. Alleviation of drought stress and metabolic changes in timothy (Phleum pratense L.) colonized with Bacillus subtilis B26. Frontiers in Plant Science 7, 584. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2016.00584


  • Neafsey DE, Waterhouse RM, Abai MR, ...Vontas J,..., Zwiebel L, Besansky N. (2015) Highly evolvable malaria vectors: The genomes of 16 Anopheles mosquitoes. SCIENCE 347 (6217):1258522 DOI: 10.1126/science.1258522. PMID: 25554792.