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Elisavet Chatzivassiliou

Associate Professor
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Personal Info

Assistant Prof Elisavet K. Chatzivassiliou graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Major in Plant Production). She holds a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology-Virology (2000) (thesis title: Factors affecting transmission of Tomato spotted wilt tospovirus (TSWV) by Thrips tabaci Lindeman (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) and a Master of Science in Plant Protection (1996) (thesis title: Characterization of Tospoviruses in Greece) from the Faculty of Agriculture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

She worked as an assistant researcher in several research projects (1995-2001) or post-doctoral researcher (project title: Exploration of the role of Thrips tabaci biotypes in the transmission of Tomato spotted wilt virus, funded by the Greek Scholarships Foundation) in the Plant Pathology Laboratory, Department of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

She was employed as an inspector of the certification service at the Center for the Certification of Propagative Material of Thessaloniki (Ministry of Agriculture) (2001-2004), as a Lecturer on Plant Pathology at the Department of Agricultural Development, Democritus University of Thrace (2004-2010) and as an Assistant professor in Plant Pathology-Virology at the Department of Crop Science at the Agricultural University of Athens (2010-2019). Since February 2019 she serves as an Associate professor in Plant Pathology-Virology at the Department of Crop Science at the Agricultural University of Athens. 

From June 2015 to May 2018, she was a member the Plant Health Panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA, PLH panel); she is a member of Virus Working Group  (since June 2008) and of the Working Groop on High Risk Plants (since September 2019) of the EFSA PLH panel.  She is a member of several scientific committees and associations.

She has participated in competitive European (2) and national projects (1) and she has served as a reviewer in peered reviewed scientific journals.

She has published 26 articles in peered reviewer scientific journals, 90 scientific reviews on pest risk analysis, 13 conference papers, 79 conference abstracts, and 2 book chapters. There are more than 500 citations to her published work. 

Her research interests and expertise focused on plant virus transmission and epidemiology, diagnosis and characterization of plant viruses, management of insect transmitted plant viruses and related pathogens, pest risk analysis.


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Title Credits Undergrad/Postgrad Compulsory/Elective
Postgraduate Elective
Basic Plant Virology 5 Undergraduate Elective

3/2005 - 9/2005. Coordinator. Non-competitive research project. Department of Agricultural Development, Democritus University of Thrace.

Project title: “Coordination of the control measures against Tomato spotted wilt virus, in tobacco crops in the area of Paeonia, Kilkis Prefecture”

Financing: Tobacco Cooparative of Toumba, Kilkis (Research Committee of DUTH) (Project 1324).


10/2009 - 01/2013. Task Leader for the Agricultural University of Athens. Competitive  European research project

Project title: “Diversification for tobacco growing farms by the alternative crop Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni / DIVAS 232250”

Finnancing: EC/FP7 – SP4 capacities: Research for SMEs

Coordinator:  University of Hohenheim (Germany)

Objective: Detection, identification and management of pathogens and pests of Stevia rebaudiana.


01/01/2012 - 09/2015 Member of the Research Group of the Plant Pathology Laboratory of Agricultural University of Athens, that participates in the Operational Programme of the NSRF (National Strategic Reference Framework) “Education and lifelong learning- investing in knowledge society”.

Project Title: “THALIS – Democritus University of Thrace – Selection for enhanced yield and tolerance to viral and vascular diseases within lentil landraces”

Financing: European Regional Developmental Fund

Project coordinator: Prof. Ι. Tokatlidis, Department of Agricultural Development, Democritus University of Thrace


02/2013 -  01/2017 External Scientific Consultant and Advisor of the University of Hohenheim (Germany). Competitive  European research project.

Project title:Stevia reabaudiana as a diversification alternative for European tobacco farmers to strengthen the European competitiveness”.

Finnancing: EC/FP7 – SP4 capacities: Research for SMEs

Coordinator: University of Hohenheim (Germany)

Objective: Integrated agricultural production of Stevia rebaudiana.

Chatzivassiliou, E.K., N.I. Katis, M. Thomguia and D. Peters. 1999. A Closterovirus (Family: Closteroviridae) isolated from tobacco crops in northern Greece (Macedonia). Plant Disease 83: 198. http://www.apsnet.org/publications/plantdisease/1999/February/Pages/83_2_198.1.aspx

Chatzivassiliou, E.K., T. Nagata, D. Peters and N.I. Katis. 1999. Transmission of Τomato spotted wilt tospovirus by Thrips tabaci populations originating from leek. Plant Pathology 48: 700-706. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-3059.1999.00414.x/pdf

Manoussopoulos, I.N., E.K Chatzivassiliou, I.N. Smyrnioudis and N.I. Katis. 1999. Two diseases of Dimorphotheca caused by Lettuce mosaic potyvirus and Tomato spotted wilt tospovirus. Phytoparasitica 27: 227-232.  http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/BF02981462.pdf

Chatzivassiliou, E.K., R. Weekes, J. Morris, K.R. Wood, I. Barker and N.I. Katis. 2000. Tomato spotted wilt tospovirus (TSWV) in Greece: its incidence following the expansion of Frankliniella occidentalis, and characterization of isolates collected from various hosts. Annals of Applied Biology 137: 127-134. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1744-7348.2000.tb00044.x/pdf

Chatzivassiliou, E.K., I. Livieratos, G. Jenser and N.I. Katis. 2000. Ornamental plants and thrips populations associated with Τomato spotted wilt virus in Greece. Phytoparasitica 28: 257-264. http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2FBF02981804.pdf

Chatzivassiliou, E.K., I. Mpoumpourakas, E. Drossos, I. Eleftherohorinos, G. Jenser, D. Peters and N.I. Katis. 2001. Weeds in greenhouses and tobacco fields are differentially infected by Tomato spotted wilt virus and infested by its vectors species. Plant Disease 85: 40-46.          http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2FBF02981804.pdf

Chatzivassiliou E.K., D. Peters and N.I. Katis. 2002. The efficiency by which Thrips tabaci populations transmit Tomato spotted wilt virus depends on their host preference and reproductive strategy. Phytopathology 92: 603-609. http://apsjournals.apsnet.org/doi/pdf/10.1094/PHYTO.2002.92.6.603

Chatzivassiliou, E.K. 2002. Thrips tabaci: an ambiguous vector of TSWV in perspective. Pages 69-75, in: Thrips and Tospoviruses: Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Thysanoptera. Marullo R. & Mound L. (eds). Australian National Insect Collection, Canberra, Australia. http://www.ento.csiro.au/thysanoptera/Symposium/Section3/9-Chatzivassiliou.pdf

Brunner, P.C., E.K. Chatzivassiliou, N.I. Katis and J. Fray. 2004. Host-associated genetic differentiation in Thrips tabaci (Insecta; Thysanoptera), as determined from mtDNA sequence data. Heredity 93: 364-370. http://www.nature.com/hdy/journal/v93/n4/pdf/6800512a.pdf

Chatzivassiliou, Ε.K., K. Efthimiou, E. Drossos, A. Papadopoulou, G. Poimenidis and N.I. Katis. 2004. Α survey of tobacco viruses in tobacco crops and native flora in Greece. European Journal of Plant Pathology 110: 1011-1023.  http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs10658-004-1598-1.pdf

Chatzivassiliou, Ε.K., D. Peters and P. Lolas. 2007. Occurrence of Tomato spotted wilt virus in Stevia rebaudiana and Solanum tuberosum in Northern Greece. Plant Disease 91: 1205. http://apsjournals.apsnet.org/doi/abs/10.1094/PDIS-91-9-1205C

Chatzivassiliou, Ε.K., D. Peters and N.I. Katis. 2007. The role of weeds in the spread of Tomato spotted wilt virus by Thrips tabaci (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) in tobacco crops. Journal of Phytopathology 11: 699-705. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1439-0434.2007.01302.x/pdf

Chatzivassiliou, Ε.K. 2008. Management of the spread of Tomato spotted wilt virus in tobacco crops with insecticides based on estimates of thrips infestation and virus incidence. Plant Disease 92(7): 1012-1020. http://apsjournals.apsnet.org/doi/pdf/10.1094/PDIS-92-7-1012

Chatzivassiliou, Ε., E. Moschos, S. Gazi, P. Koutretsis and M. Tsoukaki. 2008. Infection of potato crops and seeds with Potato virus Y and Potato leaf roll virus in Greece. Journal of Plant Pathology 90(2): 251-259. http://sipav.org/main/jpp/index.php/jpp/article/view/660/447

Chatzivassiliou Ε., V. Giavachtsia, K. Hoedjes and D. Peters. 2009. Identification and incidence of Iris yellow spot virus, a new pathogen in onion and leek in Greece. Plant Disease 93 (7): 761. http://apsjournals.apsnet.org/doi/abs/10.1094/PDIS-93-7-0761A

Lotos, L., K. Efthimiou, E.K. Chatzivassiliou, D. Dimou and N.I. Katis. 2009. First report of Tomato spotted wilt virus in globe artichoke in Greece. Journal of Plant Pathology 91 (4), Page: S4.97. http://www.sipav.org/main/jpp/volumes/0409/040905.pdf

Katis, N.I., E.K. Chatzivassiliou, C.M. Clay, V.I. Maliogka, P. Pappi, K. Efthimiou, C.I. Dovas and A.D. Avgelis. 2011. Development of an IC-RT-PCR assay for the detection of Eggplant mottled dwarf virus and partial characterization of isolates from various hosts in Greece. Journal of Plant Pathology, 93: 353-362. http://sipav.org/main/jpp/index.php/jpp/article/view/1190

Kargiotidou, A., E. Chatzivassiliou, C. Tzantarmas, E. Sinapidou, A. Papageorgiou, G.N. Scarakis and I.S. Tokatlidis. 2013. Selection at ultra-low density identifies plants escaping virus infection and leads towards high-performing lentil (Lens culinaris L.) varieties. The Journal of Agricultural Science 2013, pages 1-10. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0021859613000403

Chatzivassiliou, E.K. and G. Nolasco. 2014. Detection of a new variant of Citrus tristeza virus (CTV) in Greek citrus crops. Phytopathologia Mediterranea 53(1): 140-147. http://dx.doi.org/10.14601/Phytopathol_Mediterr-12910

Kargiotidou, A., E. Chatzivassiliou, C. Tzantarmas and I.S. Tokatlidis. 2015. Seed propagation at low density facilitates the selection of healthy plants to produce seeds with a reduced virus load in a lentil landrace. Seed Science and Technology 43 (1): 31-39.         http://dx.doi.org/10.15258/sst.2015.43.1.04

Giakountis A., A. Skoufa, E. I. Paplomatas, I.S. Tokatlidis and E.K. Chatzivassiliou, 2015. Molecular characterization and phylogenetic analysis of a Greek lentil isolate of Pea seed-borne mosaic virus. Phytoparasitica 43, 615-628. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12600-015-0495-9

Chatzivassiliou, E.K., A.P. Papapanagiotou, P.D. Mpenardis, D.Ch. Perdikis and G. Menexes. 2016. Transmission of Moroccan watermelon mosaic virus (MWMV) by aphids in Greece Plant Disease 100(3): 601-606. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-07-15-0805-RE

Chatzivassiliou E.K., A. Giakountis, A. Testa, U. Kienle and T. Jungbluth. 2016. Natural Infection of Stevia rebaudiana by Cucumber mosaic virus in Spain and by Sclerotium rolfsii in Greece. Plant Disease 100(5): 1029. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-10-15-1149-PDN

Chatzivassiliou E.K., A. Giakountis, S.G. Kumari and K.M. Makkouk. 2016. Viruses affecting lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) in Greece; incidence and genetic variability of Bean leafroll virus and Pea enation mosaic virus. Phytopathologia Mediterranea 55(2): 239-252. http://dx.doi.org/10.14601/Phytopathol_Mediterr-17866

Giakountis A., I. Tsarmpopoulos and E.K. Chatzivassiliou. 2018. Cucumber mosaic virus isolates from Greek legumes are associated with satellite RNAs that are necrogenic for tomato. Plant Disease 102 (11): 2268-2276.

Vlachostergios D.N., C, Tzantarmas, A. Kargiotidou, E. Ninou, C. Pankou, C. Gaintatzi, I. Mylonas, I. Papadopoulos, C. Foti, E.K. Chatzivassiliou, E. Sinapidou, A. Lithourgidis and I.S. Tokatlidis. 2018. Single- plant selection within lentil landraces at ultra-low density: apowerfull tool to breed fast high . elding varieties stable across divergent environments. Euphytica (2018) 214:58. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10681-018-2139-x

Zohreh Davoodi, Z., N. Bejerman, C. Richet, D. Filloux, S.G. Kumari, E.K. Chatzivassiliou, S. Galzi, Ch. Julian, S. Samarfard, V. Trucco, F. Giolitti, E. Fiallo-Olivé, J. Navas-Castillo, N. Asaad, A. R. Moukahel, J. Hijazi, S. Mghandef, J. Heydarnejad, H. Massumi, A. Varsani, R. G. Dietzgen, G.W. Harkins, D.P. Martin and P. Roumagnac 2018. The Westward Journey of Alfalfa Leaf Curl Virus. Viruses Viruses 2018, 10, 542; doi:10.3390/v10100542