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Prof. Eleni Tsantili; Previously, Head of the Section of Pomology and Viticulture laboratories, Currently Director of Lab. of omology, Department of Crop Science, Agricultural University of Athens (AUA). Born in Athens, BSc (AUA); PhD (Wye College, University of London, UK) in Postharvest Physiology and Technology of Fruits with a 3-year studentship.  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, kiwifruits.

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 Quality-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. Courses are accompanied by e-classses. and an e-book 'Postharvest Handling of Fruit and Vegetables' ISBN 978-960-603-261-5, 297 pp. (as co-authored)

Research: Participant or primary investigator in 10 projects. She has one patent, co-authored chapters in books and authored/co-authored  a number of publications (SCI); Reviewer in > 30 different peer-reviewed international Journals; Supervisor of 1 postdoc, 3 PhD, 13 MSc and examiner of 19 PhD or MSc candidates from Greece and Abroad. Member in Editorial Board of Agricultural Science SECNA, Journal of Post-harvest Technology,  Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture (Bentham Science) and in a Special Issue of Foods. Member of the International Society for Horticultural Science.

ΕΙΔΙΚΗ ΔΕΝΔΡΟΚΟΜΙΑ ΠΕΡΙΕΧΟΜΕΝΑ.pdf, ΓΕΝΙΚΗ ΔΕΝΔΡΟΚΟΜΙΑ- ΠΕΡΙΕΧΟΜΕΝΑ.pdf, ΜΕΤΑΣΥΛΛΕΚΤΙΚΗ-ΠΕΡΙΕΧΟΜΕΝΑ.pdf, Tsantili COMPLETE CV-JULY 2022.pdf
Title Credits Undergrad/Postgrad Compulsory/Elective
General Pomology 5 Undergraduate Compulsory

research Grants

Project Title

Funding source

Period

Role of the PI

Hayward Kiwi maintenance at the lower breath oxygen limit with an innovative system of automatic respiratory adjustment in cooling chamber.

Project ref.: Μ16ΣΥΝ-00391, acronym Store4kiwi

Corporate Agreement for the Development Framework (ESPA) 2014-2020

Approved for funding May 20

PI

Quality improvement of oranges and mandarins during degreening process by limiting the post-harvest exposure to ethylene through the introduction of innovative natural simple techniques.

Project ref.:  M16SYN-00707Μ16ΣΥΝ-00707, acronym OraMa2degreen

 

Corporate Agreement for the Development Framework (ESPA) 2014-2020

Approved for funding May 20

PI

Innovative post-harvest application of low temperature stress for the natural enrichment of walnut products (Juglans regia L.).

Project ref.: Μ16ΣΥΝ-00035, acronym WallStress

Corporate Agreement for the Development Framework (ESPA) 2014-2020

March 20 -

Partner

Firmness improvement in fresh black ‘Konservolia Amfissas’ olives for table use by repetitive foliar sprays with solutions of usual and innovative (nano and chelate) calcium forms.

Project ref.: Μ16ΣΥΝ-00948, acronym OliCa2hard

Agreement for the Development Framework (ESPA) 2014-2020

Approved for funding Dec 19

PI

Innovative and environmentally friendly preharvest sprays with mannitol in the olive cultivation to increase oil production and early harvest, acronym MannitOil Μ16ΣΥΝ-00103

Agreement for the Development Framework (ESPA) 2014-2020

Approved for funding Dec 19

Partner

Quality Improvement in fresh black ‘Kalamon’ olives by preharvest treatments targeting  to early ripening, prevention of firmness decrease and diseases incidence, and their effect on quality and nutritional value of the processed final product.

Project ref.: Τ2ΕΔΚ-01960, acronym Quality4Kalamon

General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT)

Approved for funding Dec 19

Partner

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.

Private funding

2013-2015

PI

NE1036 “Postharvest Biology of Fruit”.

Multistate Programme in North-East America

2003-2007

 

Partner

 

Storage of lemons in cold rooms under specific conditions’

General Secret.  for Research and Technology

1992-1995

Partner

Study of renovation and extension of an old apple packing line and establishment of controlled atmosphere rooms at Zagora Piliou

Private funding

1995

 

PI

Storage of fresh figs in modified atmospheres

Agricultural Univ.  of Athens

1997

PI

Optimum harvesting, storage and marketing conditions for top and soft fruit - Ethylene biosynthesis and action Program 17/84-86

UK, National

1984-1986

Partner

 

Publications-Articles

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

   www.aua.gr/site/fc/cs/phd_tsantili.pdf

  • 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. Physiologia Plantarum, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  •  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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.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.
  •   Drogoudi P., Gerasopoulos D., Kafkaletou M., Tsantili E., 2017. 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, 97: 3374-3383. doi:10.1002/jsfa.8188.
  •     Kafkaletou, M., Christopoulos, M.V.,Tsantili, E. 2017. Short-term treatments with high CO2 and low O2 concentrations on quality of fresh goji (Lycium barbarum L.) berries during cold storage. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 97: 5194-5201.
  •    Kafkaletou, Μ., Karantzi, Α., Christopoulos, Μ.V., Tsantili, Ε. 2017. Changes in carotenoids and quality traits during storage of ‘Farbaly’ apricots (Prunus armeniaca L.)  at 1 oC in air. VIII International Conference Postharvest Unlimited, Madrid, Spain, 17-20/10/ 2017. Acta Horticulturae, October 2019 Acta horticulturae. DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2019.1256.37.
  •   Tsaniklidis, G., Kafkaletou, M., Delis, C., Tsantili, E. 2017. The effect of postharvest storage temperature on sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) phenolic metabolism and colour development. Scientia Horticulturae, 225, 18, 751-756.
  •  Kafkaletou, M., Ouzounidou, G. and Tsantili, E. 2018. 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, Acta Horticulturae.1194. ISHS 2018, 105- 112.
  •   Kafkaletou, M., Christopoulos, M.V., Tsaniklidis, G., Papadakis, I., Ioannou, D., Tzoutzoukou, S., Tsantili. E. 2018. Nutritional value and consumer-perceived quality of fresh goji berry (Lycium barbarum L. and Lycium chinense L.) fruits cultivated in Southern Europe. Fruits. The International Journal of Tropical and Subtropical Horticulture. 73, 5–12. 
  •  Kafkaletou, M., Tsantili, E. 2018. The paradox of oleuropein increase in harvested olives (Olea europea L.). Journal of Plant Physiology, 224-225, 132-136.
  • Kafkaletou, M., Kalantzis, I., Karantzi, A., Christopoulos, M.V., Tsantili, E. 2019. Phytochemical  characterization in traditional and modern apricot (Prunus armeniaca L.) cultivars – Nutritional  value and its relation to origin. Sci Hortic 253: 195-202.
  • Kafkaletou, M., Fasseas, C., Tsantili, E. 2019. Increased firmness and modified cell wall composition by ethylene were reversed by the ethylene inhibitor 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) in the non- climacteric olives harvested at dark green stage – Possible implementation of ethylene for olive quality. J Plant Physiol 238, 63-71.
  •    Bai, J., Baldwin, E., Tsantili, E., Plotto, A., Sun, X., Wang, L., Kafkaletou, M., Wang, Narciso, J., Zhao, W., Xu, S., Seavert, C., Yang, W. 2019. Modified humidity clamshells to reduce moisture loss and extend storage life of small fruits. Food Packaging and Shelf Life, 22, : 1-12, 1100376.
  • Kafkaletou, M.,Ouzounidou, G., Tsantili, E. 2021. Fruit ripening, antioxidants and oil composition in koroneiki olives (olea europea l.) at different maturity indices.  Agronomy 11(1):122.
  • Christopoulos, M.V.,  Kafkaletou, M., Karantzi, A., Tsantili, E. 2021. Girdling effects on fruit maturity, kernel quality, and nutritional value of walnut (juglans regia l.) alongside the effects on Leaf Physiological Characteristics. Agronomy 11(2):200.
  • Karantzi, A., Kafkaletou, M., Christopoulos, M.V., Tsantili, E. 2021. Peel colour and flesh phenolic compounds at ripening stages in pollinated commercial varieties of fig (Ficus carica L.) fruit grown in Southern Europe.  Journal of Food Measurement and Characterization 15(2):1-15. (updated in 2022: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11694-022-01457-4).
  • Tsaniklidis, G., Charova, S.N., Fanourakis, D., Tsafouros, A., Nikoloudakis, N., Goumenaki, E., Tsantili, E., Roussos, P.A., Spiliopoulos, I.K., Paschalidis, K.A., Delis, C. 2021.  The role of temperature in mediating postharvest polyamine homeostasis in tomato fruit. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 179, 111586.
  • Karantzi, A.,  Kafkaletou, M., Tsaniklidis, G., Bai, J., Christopoulos, M.V., Fanourakis, D., Tsantili, E. 2021.  Preharvest foliar salicylic acid sprays reduce cracking of fig fruit at harvest. Applied Sciences, 11, 11374.
  • Ueda, Y., Zhao, W., Ihara, H., Imahori, Y., Tsantili, E., Wendakoon, S., Chambers, A., Bai, J. 2022.  Functional characteristics of aldehyde dehydrogenase and its involvement in aromatic volatile biosynthesis in postharvest banana ripening. Foods, 11(3), 347.
  • Christopoulos, M.V., Gkatzos, D., Kafkaletou, M., Bai, J., Fanourakis, D., Tsaniklidis, D., Tsantili. E. 2022.  Edible coatings from opuntia ficus-indica cladodes alongside chitosan on quality and antioxidants in cherries during storage. Foods, 11 (5), 699.
  • Fanourakis, D., Nikoloudakis, N., Paschalidis, K., Christopoulos, M.V., Goumenaki, E.,  Tsantili, E., Delis, C., Tsaniklidis, G. 2022. Gene Expression, Activity and Localization of Beta-Galactosidases during Late Ripening and Postharvest Storage of Tomato Fruit.  Agriculture, 12, 778.
  • Tsantili E. and V. Rodov. 2022. Harvest and Postharvest Physiology and Tecnology of Fresh Fig Fruit. In Advances in Fig Research and Sustainable Production, M.A. Flaishman and U. Aksoy (eds). P 193-232. DOI: 10.1079/9781789242492.0000.