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Prof. Eleni Tsantili; Head of the Section of Pomology and Viticulture laboratories, Department of Crop Science, Agricultural University of Athens (AUA). Born in Athens, BSc in 1981 (AUA); PhD in Postharvest Physiology and Technology of Fruits in 1988 (East Malling Research Station, Wye College, University of London, UK) with a 3-year studentship. She has been working at the lab of Pomology since 1982. In 2005, she was on sabbatical at the Department of Horticulture, Cornell University, USA.

Her particular interests include:  Effects of growth regulators on tree and fruit physiological responses; Abiotic stress, nutritional and quality in fruit; Pre- and postharvest treatments in order to maintain the nutritional value and quality; Ripening of non-climacteric fruit. Species of current interest: Figs, olives, apricots, strawberries, cherries, goji berries.

She has been teaching undergraduate courses (General Pomology; Fruit Tree Cultivation (evergreen and deciduous), Postharvest Handling of Fruit and Vegetables, as well as, postgraduate courses in the area of Postharvest Handling of Fruit and Vegetables (Sensory Evaluation; Thermal Treatments; Minimally Processed; Modern Technology of Quality Determination; Design of Fruit Packing Lines etc), which also includes Seminars by invited specialist scientists.

She has co-authored in an e-book 'Postharvest Handling of Fruit and Vegetables' (In Progress). Participant or primary investigator in 9 projects. She has one patent and a number of publications (SCI) and more than 450 citations. Reviewer in 25 different peer-reviewed Journals; Supervisor of 1 postdoc, 2 PhD, 8 MSc and examiner of 15 PhD or MSc candidates. Member in Editorial Board of Agricultural Science SECNA, Journal of Post-harvest Technology. Member of the International Society for Horticultural Science.

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Title Credits Undergrad/Postgrad Compulsory/Elective
General Pomology 5 Undergraduate Compulsory
  • In 1984-1986 I participated in ‘Programme 17/84-86. (Optimum harvesting, storage and marketing conditions for top and soft fruit)’ during my stay in England.
  • In 1995 I participated in a study for renovation and extension of an old apple packing line and establishment of controlled atmosphere rooms at Zagora Piliou, financially supported by the local farmer cooperative.
  • ‘Storage of fresh figs in modified atmospheres’, 1997-1999, financially supported by the Agricultural University of Athens. Primary investigator.
  • ‘Storage of lemons in cold rooms under specific conditions’, 1992-1995, financially supported by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology. Collaborator.
  • NE1018 “Postharvest Biology of Fruit”. Multistate Program in North-East America, Principal investigator: Prof. C.B. Watkins. Participating.
  • NE1036 “Postharvest Biology of Fruit”. Multistate Program in North-East America, Principal investigator: Prof. C.B. Watkins. Participating.
  • ‘Protecting cherries against rain’. It is funded by the Greek National Agricultural Insurance Organization, (http://pomologyinstitute.gr/en/programs.php). 2009-2011. Participating.
  • Postharvest handling of goji berries (Lycium spp.) genotypes in relation to quality and nutritional value. 2013-2015. Partially supported by the Agricultural University of Athens. Primary investigator.
  • ‘Fig (Ficus carica L.) and opuntia (Ficus-indica L.) fruits – Characteristics of native and cultivated genotypes in Attiki and storage of fresh fruits and their products. 2016-2018. Financially supported by Attiki prefecture. Primary investigator.

Patent- Innovative Research

  • Papanikolaou, D., Tsantili, E., Katsaboxakis, K., and Mallidis, K. 1994. Technology of formation or transformation of Chia mastic from any raw quality to ‘tears’ type of natural color or colored. Patent Diploma No. 1001937/23-6-94 Organization of Industrial Property, Athens, 10 pp.

 

  • Storage of fresh goji berry fruits.

 

  • Added value and use of chilled fresh walnut kernels. Agricultural University of Athens, 2014. Peer reviewed as innovative research. Evaluated by Prof. Allen M. Featherstone, Department of Agricultural Economics, October 16, 2014.

 

Chapters-Bbooks

 

Tsantili, E. and Nychas, G. J. E. 1992. Physiological and microbiological alterations in chopped fruits and vegetables. In Minimal Processing of Fruits and Vegetables. A. Mulet and M. Serra, Εds, AINIA, Valencia, Spain, pp. 167-180.

 

Passam,C.H., Tsantili, E., Christopoulos, M.V., Karapanos, I., Alexopoulos, A. and Kafkaletou, M. Postharvest Treatments of Fruit and Vegetables. Book in Greek. Kallipos, Athens, ISBN 978-960-603-261-5, 297 pp. https://repository.kallipos.gr/handle/11419/3340?locale=en.

 

Tsantili E., Evangelou E., and Kiritsakis A. Botanical Characteristics of Olive Tree – Cultivation and Growth Conditions – Defense Mechanisms to Various Stresses – Effects on Olive Growth and Functional Compounds. In: Olives and Olive Oil as Functional Foods, Willey-Blackwell publications. ISBN ISBN: 978-1-119-13531-9. 9781119135319. Invited. 

 

Selected Publications

 

 

Tsantili, E. 1988. ‘Ethylene Action and its Effect on Gloster 69 Apples during Ripening and Storage’. Ph.D. thesis.

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Knee, M., Bramlage, W. J., Hatfield, S. G. S., Stow, J. R., Topping A. J. and Tsantili, E. 1985. Effects of ethylene on apples. Ethylene biosynthesis and action. In Programme 17/84. Optimum harvesting and storage conditions for top and soft fruit. Report of East Malling Research Station for 1984, pp. 190-191.

 

Knee, M., Hatfield, S. G. S. and Tsantili, E. assisted by Farman, D. I. 1986. Effects of exogenous ethylene on Cox apples. Ethylene biosynthesis and action. In Programme 17/85. Optimumharvesting and storage conditions for top and soft fruit. Report of East Malling Research Stationfor 1985, p. 145.

 

Knee M., Tsantili, E. and Hatfield, S. G. S. 1986. Ethylene physiology of Gloster apples. Ethylene biosynthesis and action. In Programme 17/85. Optimum harvesting and storage conditions for top and soft fruit. Report of East Malling Research Station for 1985, pp. 145-146.

 

Knee, M., Hatfield, S. G. S., Tsantili, E. and Farman, D. I. 1987. Ethylene biosynthesis and action. In Programme 17/86. Optimum harvesting, storage and marketing conditions for top and soft fruit. Report of East Malling Research Station for 1986, pp. 101-102.

 

Knee, M. and Tsantili, E. 1988a. Storage of ‘Gloster 69’ apples in the preclimacteric state for up to 200 days after harvest. Physiologia Plantarum, 74: 499-503.

 

Knee, M. and Tsantili, E. 1988b. Changes during low-oxygen storage in the effects of ethylene on induction of ethylene synthesis and stimulation of respiration of ‘Gloster 69’ apples. PhysiologiaPlantarum, 74: 504-508.

 

Knee, M., Tsantili, E. and Hatfield, S. G. S. 1988. Promotion and inhibition by ethylene of chlorophyll degradation in orange fruit. Annals of Applied Biology, 113: 129-135.

 

Tsantili, E. 1990. Changes during development of ‘Tsapela’ fig fruits. Scientia Horticulturae, 44: 227-234.

 

Tsantili, E. and Knee, M. 1991. Ripening of ‘Gloster 69’ apples after low ethylene storage. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 54: 579-586.

 

 

Papanikolaou, D.N., Katsampoxakis, K., Melanitou, M., Tsantili, E. and Bogis, D. (1997). Radical solutions to problems of Chios mastich gum. A new method of collecting Chios mastich gum in liquid form. Development of new technologies of process resulting in products of high quality. Proceedings of National Conference of Pharmaceutical and Aromatic Plants, Paralimni, Cyprus, 21-25 March 1997, p: 409-426.

 

Tsantili, E., Konstantinidis, K., and Athanasopoulos, P. 2001. Effects of postharvest immersions of ‘Maglino’ lemons in Cacl2 solutions before cool storage on quality characteristics. 20th Conference of the Greek Society for Horticultural Science, Larnaka, Cyprus, Abstracts, p. 73, in Greek. Oral presentation.

 

Tsantili, E., Karaiskos, G. and Pontikis, C. 2001. Storage of ‘Mavra Markopoulou’ fresh figs under modified atmospheres at low temperature. 20th Conference of the Greek Society for Horticultural Science, Larnaka, Cyprus, Abstracts, p. 90, in Greek. Oral presentation.

 

Tsantili, E., Rekoumi, K., Roussos, P. A. and Pontikis, C. 2002. Effects of post-harvest treatment with N6-benzyladenine on green olive fruit. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology, 77: 294-299.

 

Tsantili, E., Konstantinidis, K., Athanasopoulos, P. E. and Pontikis, C. 2002. Effects of postharvest calcium treatments on respiration and quality attributes in lemon fruit during storage. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology, 77: 479-484.

 

Roussos, P. A., Pontikis, C. and Tsantili, Ε. 2002. Root promoting compounds detected in olive knot extract in high quantities as a response to infection by the bacterium Pseudomonas savastanoi pv. savastanoi. Plant Science, 163: 533-541.

 

Tsantili, E., Rouskas, D., Pontikis, C., Papanikolaou, D., Stanidis, V. and Christopoulos, M. V. and Brouma, K. 2003. Effects of pre- and post-harvest calcium chloride treatments on the quality of cherries during storage. 21th Conference of the Greek Society for Horticultural Science, Ioannina, Greece. Abstracts, p. 250. (Poster presentation).

 

Tsantili, E., Karaiskos, G. and Pontikis, C. 2003. Storage of fresh figs in low oxygen atmosphere. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology, 78: 56-60.

 

Tsantili, E. and Pontikis, C. 2004. Response to ethylene and its interactive effects with N6benzyladenine (BA) in harvested green olives during ripening. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 33: 153-162.

 

Tsantili, E., Christopoulos, M. V. and Pontikis, C. A. 2005. Interactive effects of abscisic acid(ABA), ethylene and 1-MCP on harvested mature green olives during ripening. Poster presentation, 9th International Controlled Atmosphere Research Conference, 5-10 July, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA. Program & Abstracts, p. 47. (Poster presentation).

 

Takidelli, C., Rouskas, D., Tsantili, E., Panagopoulou, I. and Papanikolaou, D.N. 2005. Differences in morphology and composition among pistachio nuts cultivated under the same conditions (Vardates, Greece) and originated from Greece and other countries. 22th Conference of the Greek Society for Horticultural Science, Patra, Greece. Abstracts, p. 250, in Greek. (Poster presentation).

 

Roussos, P. A., Tsantili, E. and Pontikis, C. A. 2006. Responses of jojoba explants to different salinity levels during the proliferation stage in vitro. Industrial Crops and Products, 23: 65-72.

 

Tsantili, E., Rouskas, D., Christopoulos, M. V., Stanidis, V. Akrivos, J. and Papanikolaou, D. 2007. Effects of two pre-harvest calcium treatments on physiological and quality parameters in ‘Vogue’ cherries during storage. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology, 82: 657-663.

 

Tsantili, E., Gapper, N. E., Apollo Arquiza, J. M. R., Whitaker, B.D. and Watkins, C. B. 2007. Ethylene and α-farnesene metabolism in green and red skin of three apple cultivars in response to 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) treatment. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 55: 5267-5276.

 

Roussos, P. A., Gasparatos, D., Tsantili, E. and Pontikis, C. A. 2007. Mineral nutrition of jojoba explants in vitro under sodium chloride salinity. Scientia Horticulturae, 114: 59-66.

 

Tsantili, E., Christopoulos, M. V., Pontikis, C. A., Kaltsikes, P., Kallianou, C. and Komaitis, M. 2008. Texture and other quality attributes in olives and leaf characteristics after preharvest calcium chloride sprays. HortScience, 43: 1852-1856. Erratum, 2009, 44, p. 223.

 

Tsantili, E., Kafkaletou, M. and Roussos, P. A. 2010. Effects of ReTain preharvest application on ripening parameters, phenolics and total antioxidant capacity of green table olives exposed at 20 oC for up to 7 days. Acta Horticulturae 877, 1341-1348.

 

Christopoulos, M. V., Tsantili, E., Papageorgiou, V., Komaitis, M. and Rouskas, D. 2010. Effects of package atmosphere and temperature on phenolics, total antioxidant capacity and colour in kernels of \Franquette’ walnuts during 8-month storage. Acta Horticulturae, 858, 75-81.

 

Christopoulos, M. V., Rouskas, D., Tsantili, E. and Bebeli, P. J. 2010. Germplasm diversity and genetic relationships among walnut (Juglans regia L.) cultivars and Greek local selections revealed by Inter-Simple Sequence Repeat (ISSR) markers.  Scientia Horticulturae, 125: 584-592.

 

Tsantili, E., Takidelli, C., Christopoulos, M. V., Lambrinea, E., Rouskas, D. and Roussos, P. A. 2010 Physical, compositional and sensory differences in nuts among eight pistachio (Pistachia vera L.) varieties.   Scientia Horticulturae, 125: 562-568. Erratum, 2010, 126, p. 413.  

 

Tsantili, E., Shin, Y., Nock, J. F. and Watkins, C. B. 2010. Antioxidant concentrations during chilling injury development in peaches. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 57: 27-34.

 

Roussos, P., Sefferou, V., Denaxa, N. K., Tsantili, E. and Stathis, V. 2011. Apricot (Prunus armeniaca L.) fruit quality attributes and phytochemicals under different crop load. Scientia Horticulturae, 129: 472-478.

 

Tsantili, E., Konstantinidis, K., Christopoulos, M. V. and Roussos, P. a. 2011. Total phenolics and flavonoids and total antioxidant capacity in pistachio (Pistachia vera L.) nuts in relation to cultivars and storage conditions. Scientia Horticulturae, 129: 694-701.

 

Pappas, C. S., Takidelli, C., Tsantili, E., Tarantilis, P. a. and Polissiou, M. G. 2011. Quantitative determination of anthocyanins in three sweet cherry varieties using diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 24: 17-21.

 

Christopoulos, M. V., Tsantili, E. 2011. Effects of temperature and packaging atmosphere on   total antioxidants and colour of walnut (Juglans regia L.) kernels during storage. Scientia Horticulturae, 131: 49-57.

 

Tsantili, E., Kafkaletou, M., Roussos, P.A., Christopoulos, M.V. 2012. Phenolic compounds, maturation and quality in fresh green olives for table use during exposure at 20°C after preharvest ReTain treatment. Scientia Horticulturae, 140: 26-32. 

 

Makavelou, M., Kafkaletou, M., Tsantili, E. and Harizanis, P. 2013. Physiological and quality characteristics in four genotypes of mulberry fruit (Morus alba L.) during ripening. Acta Horticulturae, 981: 625-630.

 

Kafkaletou, M. and Tsantili, E. 2011. Effects of preharvest ethephon sprays on ripening parameters and total antioxidants of ‘Konservolia’ table olives. 4th International Conference for OliveTree and Olive Products, Olivebioteq-2011, 31/10-4/11/2011, Chania, Greece. Abstract, p. 84. (Poster presentation).

 

Christopoulos, M.V. and Tsantili, E. 2012. Storage of fresh walnuts (Juglans regia L.) – Low temperature and   phenolic compounds. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 73: 80-88.

 

Roussos, P.A., Gasparatos, D., Christodoulos, K., Tsichli, K,. Tsantili, E. and Haidouti, K. 2013. Growth nutrient status and biochemical changes in sour orange (Citrus aurantium L.) plants.  Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 44: 805-816.

 

Kafkaletou, M., Christopoulos, M.V. and Tsantili, E. 2013. Quality attributes of ‘Koroneiki’ olives during fruit development. 26th Conference of the Greek Society for Horticultural Science, Kalamata, Greece. Abstracts, p. 157. (Poster presentation).

 

Kafkaletou, M., Christopoulos, M.V., Ktistakis, E., Tsirigotis, T., Tsitsopoulos, A. and Tsantili, E. 2013. Quality attributes of ‘Kalamon’ olives cultivated in Lakonia, Greece. 26th Conference of the Greek Society for Horticultural Science, Kalamata, Greece. Abstracts, p. 156. (Poster presentation).

 

Christopoulos, M.V., Kafkaletou, M. and Tsantili, E. 2013. Fatty acid changes in ‘Franquette’ walnuts (Juglans regia L.) under various storage conditions. 26th Conference of the Greek Society for Horticultural Science, Kalamata, Greece. Abstracts, p. 20. (Oral presentation).

 

Tsantili, E. 2013. Increases in phenolic compounds during cold storage of temperate fruits. In 1st International Conference on Plant Biology and 20th Symposium of the Serbian Plant Physiology Society. Subotica, June 4-7 2013, Serbia. Programme and Abstracts, p 13-14. Invited Speaker.

 

Tsantili, E. 2014. Quality attributes and their relations in fresh black ripe ‘Kalamon’ olives (Olea europea L.) for table use – phenolic compounds and total antioxidant capacity. International Journal of Food Science & Technology, 49: 657-665.

 

Kafkaletou, M., Christopoulos, M.V., Kollias, S., Velliou, A., Diakonis, D., and Tsantili, E. 2014. Attributes of fresh goji berry (Lycium barbarum L.) fruits selected from seedlings in Greece. Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals, Natural Health Products, and Dietary Supplements, ISNFF 2014 Annual Conference and Exhibition, 14-17 October 2014, Istanbul, Turkey. Abstract, p. 168. 

 

Christopoulos, M.V., Kafkaletou, M. and Tsantili, E. 2014. A simple postharvest way to increase the antioxidants in walnut kernels. Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals, Natural Health Products, and Dietary Supplements, ISNFF 2014 Annual Conference and Exhibition, 14-17 October 2014, Istanbul, Turkey. Abstract, p. 361. 

 

Christopoulos, M.V. and Tsantili, E. 2014. Oil composition in stored walnut cultivars-quality and nutritional value. European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, 117: 338-348.

 

Atsalinou, A., Papadakis, I., Michalakakou, F., Fasseas, K. and Tsantili, E. 2015. Flowering biology of opuntia (Ficus indica L.) genotypes. 27th National Conference of Horticultural Science, Volos, Greece. Volume A: 122-125.

 

Atsalinou, A., Papadakis, I., Michalakakou, F. and Tsantili, E. 2015. Development of fruits and cladioles of opuntia (Ficus indica L.) genotypes. 27th National Conference of Horticultural Science, Volos, Greece. Volume A: 214-217.

 

Tryfonopoulos, I., Makrogianni, D., Natsi, C., Tsantili, E., Akoumianakis, K. and Karapanos, I. 2015. Effect of high CO2 concentration on storability and quality of strawberry fruits. 27th National Conference of Horticultural Science, Volos, Greece. Volume A: 332-337.

 

 

Christopoulos, M.V. and Tsantili, E. 2015. Participation of phenylalanine ammonia-lyase (PAL) in increased phenolic compounds in fresh cold stressed walnut (Juglans regia L.) kernels. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 104: 17-25.

 

Kafkaletou, M., Christopoulos, M.V., Ktistaki, M.-E., Sotiropoulos, T. and Tsantili, E. 2015.

Influence of rain cover on respiration, quality attributes and storage of cherries (Prunus avium L.). Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality, 88: 87-96.

 

Kafkaletou, M., Ouzounidou, G. and Tsantili, E. Effect of preharvest aloe (Aloe vera L.) spray on physiological and quality attributes of strawberries stored at 1 oC. VIII International Postharvest Symposium: Enhancing Supply Chain and Consumer Benefits - Ethical and Technological Issues. June 2016, Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Abstract presented. Article submitted, in Press.

 

Kafkaletou, M.and Tsantili, E. 2016. Oil content and composition in relation to leaf photosynthesis, leaf sugars and fruit sugars in maturing Koroneiki olives – The mannitol effect on oil. Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality, 89, 1-10.

 

Kalogeropoulos N., Tsantili, E., Zoumpoulakis, P., Beldekou, I., Tsiaka, T., Kaliora, A. Phenolic compounds and functional properties of infusions prepared from the leaves of Goji (Lycium spp.) cultivated in Greece. 2016. International Conference on Nutraceuticals and Functional Food, 7-9 July, 2016.Book of Abstracts, p52.

 

Drogoudi P., Gerasopoulos D., Kafkaletou M., Tsantili E., 2016. Phenotypic characterization of    qualitative parameters and antioxidant contents in peach and nectarine fruit and changes after jam preparation. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, Accepted Manuscript. doi:10.1002/jsfa.8188.

 Recent Seminars

 

Tsantili, E. 2015. Olive and Oil – From Field to Consumer. Corfu, National Olive Seminar, 29/10/15. Oral presentation. Invited.

 

Tsantili, E. 2016. Quality of Olive Fruit as a Rw Material for Oil and Table Use – Quality Attributes and Otimization. Kalamata, Olive Festival, 14-17/5/2016. Oral presentation. Invited.

 

Tsantili, E. 2016. Modified Atmospheres Storage of Fruits and Vegetables. Food Packaging, Agricultural University of Athens, Novemer-December.