Georgios Liakopoulos

Assistant Professor

Personal Info


1. B.Sc. in Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Biotechnology (Agricultural University of Athens, 1989–1995) (7.62/10.00).
2. Ph.D. in Plant Physiology (2003. Anatomical and physiological alterations in olive (Olea europaea L.) leaves under boron deficiency. Agricultural University of Athens. Supervisor: Professor G. Karabourniotis).
3. Standard Certificate in English (PALSO).


1. Post-Graduate Grand issued from the Greek Scholarship Foundation (1998-2001).
2. Post-Doctoral Grand issued from the Greek Scholarship Foundation (2003-2004).

Academic Positions

1. Assistant Professor, Department of Crop Science, Agricultural University of Athens (January 2014-).
2. Lecturer, Faculty of Plant Biology, Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Agricultural University of Athens (May 2008-December 2013).
3. Visiting Lecturer, Department of Biological Applications and Technologies, University of Ioannina (2003-2005, 4 semesters).
4. Scientific Collaborator, Technological Educational Institute of Kalamata (2001-2002, 1 semester).

Research Interests

1. Boron physiology in higher plants
2. Photosynthesis and photoprotection
3. Plant tissue optics
4. Involvment of plant secondary metabolites in physiological processes

Title Credits Undergrad/Postgrad Compulsory/Elective
Plant Physiology 6 Undergraduate Compulsory
1. Growth and photosynthetic activity of roses in substrates with different irrigation regimes. Research Program: Interstate Collaboration between Greece and Cyprus. 2003.
Source of funding: General Secretary of Research and Technology (Greece)
Role in the research team: scientific collaborator
2. Photosynthesis and CO2 assimilation independently of stomatal opening? Possible role of calcium carbonate crystals as an internal carbon pool in crop plants. Post-Doctoral Scholarship. 2003.
Budget: 7800 €
Source of funding: National Scholarship Foundation (Greece)
Role in the research team: post-doctoral researcher
3. Stomata and photosynthetic machinery development: Probable impact of climate changes. Environment-Pythagoras II-Funding of Research Groups in Agricultural University of Athens (Operational Programme for Education and Initial Vocational Training). 2005-2007.
Budget: 50000 €
Source of funding: Ministry of Education (Greece)
Role in the research team: post-doctoral researcher
4. Plant’s functional diversity in xerothermic environments: A study based on advanced technologies. Research Program: Interstate Collaboration between Greece and Australia. Collaboration with University of Western Australia, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (Prof. Mark Adams). 2006-2008.
Budget: 62000 € (Greek side)
Source of funding: General Secretary of Research and Technology (Greece)
Role in the research team: scientific collaborator
5. In vivo study of phenolic compounds bound via diester bonds with boric acid in the pectic fraction of plant cell wall. Support of Education and Research Conducted in the Agricultural University of Athens, action III: Funding of New Researcher’s Projects. 2009-2011.
Budget: 12000 €
Source of funding: Agricultural University of Athens, Research Committee (Greece)
Role in the research team: scientific leader

Research articles

1. Liakoura V., Stavrianakou S., Liakopoulos G., Karabourniotis G. and Manetas Y. 1999. Effects of UV-B radiation on Olea europaea: comparisons between a greenhouse and a field experiment, Tree Physiology 19, 905-908.
2. Karabourniotis G., Tzobanoglou D., Nikolopoulos D. and Liakopoulos G. 2001. Epicuticular phenolics over guard cells: Exploitation for in situ stomatal counting by fluorescence microscopy and combined image analysis, Annals of Botany 87, 631-639.
3. Liakopoulos G., Stavrianakou S. and Karabourniotis G. 2001. Analysis of epicuticular phenolics of Prunus persica and Olea europaea leaves: Evidence on the chemical origin of the UV-induced blue fluorescence of stomata, Annals of Botany 87, 641-648.
4. Nikolopoulos D., Liakopoulos G., Drossopoulos I. and Karabourniotis G. 2002. The relationship between anatomy and photosynthetic performance of heterobaric leaves, Plant Physiology 129, 235.
5. Stavrianakou S., Liakoura V., Levizou E., Karageorgou P., Delis C., Liakopoulos G., Karabourniotis G. and Manetas Y. 2004. Allelopathic effects of water-soluble leaf epicuticular material from Dittrichia viscosa on seed germination of crops and weeds, Allelopathy Journal 14, 35-41.
6. Liakopoulos G., Stavrianakou S., Filippou M., Fasseas K., Tsadilas C., Drossopoulos I. and Karabourniotis G. 2005. Boron remobilization at low boron supply in olive (Olea europaea) in relation to leaf and phloem mannitol concentrations, Tree Physiology 25, 157-165.
7. Liakopoulos G. and Karabourniotis G. 2005. Boron deficiency and concentrations and composition of phenolic compounds in Olea europaea leaves: a combined growth chamber and field study, Tree Physiology 25, 307-315.
8. Liakopoulos G., Stavrianakou S. and Karabourniotis G. 2006. Trichome layers versus dehaired lamina of Olea europaea leaves: differences in flavonoid distribution, UV absorbing capacity, and wax yield, Environmental and Experimental Botany 55, 294-304.
9. Stavrianakou S., Liakopoulos G. and Karabourniotis G. 2006. Boron deficiency effects on growth, photosynthesis and relative concentrations of phenolics of Dittrichia viscosa (Asteraceae), Environmental and Experimental Botany 56, 293-300.
10. Stavrianakou S., Liakopoulos G., Karvonis E., Resta E. and Karabourniotis G. 2006. Low-boron acclimation induces uptake of boric acid against a concentration gradient in root cells of Olea europaea, Functional Plant Biology 33, 189-193.
11. Liakopoulos G., Nikolopoulos D., Klouvatou A., Vekkos K.-A., Manetas Y. and Karabourniotis G. 2006. The photoprotective role of epidermal anthocyanins and surface pubescence in young leaves of grapevine (Vitis vinifera), Annals of Botany 98, 257-265.
12. Karioti A., Chatzopoulou A., Bilia A.R., Liakopoulos G., Stavrianakou S., Skaltsa H. 2006. Novel secoiridoid glucosides in Olea europaea leaves suffering from boron deficiency, Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry 70, 1898-1903.
13. Stavroulaki V., Liakopoulos G., Nikolopoulos D., and Karabourniotis G. 2007. The pattern of cuticular blue-fluorescing phenolics deposition during the development of Prunus persica leaves, Flora 202, 261-267.
14. Karioti A., Kitsaki C.K., Zygouraki S., Ziobora M., Djeddi S., Skaltsa H. and Liakopoulos G. 2008. Occurrence of flavonoids in Ophrys (Orchidaceae) flower parts. Flora 203, 602-609.
15. Nikolopoulos D., Korgiopoulou C., Mavropoulos K., Liakopoulos G. and Karabourniotis G. 2008. Leaf anatomy affects the extraction of photosynthetic pigments by DMSO. Talanta, 76, 1265-1268.
16. Travlos I.S., Liakopoulos G., Karabourniotis G., Fasseas, C. and Karamanos, A.J. 2008. Circadian leaflet movements of Tylosema esculentum (Burch) A. Schreib, and the abolishment of these diurnal movements by potassium deficiency. Journal of Arid Environments, 72, 1745-1750.
17. Liakopoulos G., Stavrianakou S., Nikolopoulos D., Karvonis, E., Vekkos K.-A., Psaroudi V.C. and Karabourniotis G. 2009. Quantitative relationships between boron and mannitol concentrations in phloem exudates of Olea europaea leaves under contrasting boron supply conditions. Plant and Soil, 323, 177-186.
18. Stavrianakou S., Liakopoulos G., Miltiadou D., Markoglou A.N., Ziogas B.N., Karabourniotis G. 2010. Antifungal and antibacterial capacity of extracted material from non-glandular and glandular leaf hairs applied at physiological concentrations. Plant Stress 4, 25-30.
19. Dimou M., Venieraki A., Liakopoulos G., Katinakis P. 2011. Cloning, characterization and transcriptional analysis of two phosphate acetyltransferase isoforms from Azotobacter vinelandii. Molecular Biology Reports 38, 3653-3663.
20. Dimou M., Venieraki A., Liakopoulos G., Kouri E.D., Tampakaki A., Katinakis P. 2011. Gene expression and biochemical characterization of Azotobacter vinelandii cyclophilins and protein interaction studies of the cytoplasmic isoform with dnaK and lpxH. Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology 20, 176-190.
21. Fernández V., Khayet M., Montero-Prado P., Heredia-Guerrero J.A., Liakopoulos G., Karabourniotis G., del Río V., Domínguez E., Tacchini I., Nerín C., Val J. and Heredia A. 2011. New insights into the properties of pubescent surfaces: the peach fruit (Prunus persica Batsch) as a model. Plant Physiology 156, 2098-2108.
22. Liakopoulos G., Psaroudi V., Stavrianakou S., Nikolopoulos D., Karabourniotis G. 2012. Acclimation of eggplant (Solanum melongena) to low boron supply. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 175, 189-195.
23. Liakopoulos G., Spanorigas, I. 2012. Foliar anthocyanins in Pelargonium × hortorum are unable to alleviate light stress under photoinhibitory conditions. Photosynthetica 50, 254-262.
24. Tsaniklidis G., Delis C., Liakopoulos G., Karapanos I., Katinakis P., Passam H.C., Aivalakis G. Induced parthenocarpic cherry tomato fruits did not shown significant differences in L-ascorbate content but showed different pattern in GalLDH and GME expression. Plant Growth Regulation, Article in Press.
25. Sumbele S., Fotelli M.N., Nikolopoulos D., Tooulakou G., Liakoura V., Liakopoulos G., Bresta P., Dotsika E., Adams M.A., Karabourniotis G. 2012. Photosynthetic capacity is negatively correlated with the concentration of leaf phenolic compounds across a range of different species. AoB PLANTS 2012: pls025; doi:10.1093/aobpla/pls025
26. Bouranis D.L., Chorianopoulou S.N., Dionias A., Sofianou G., Thanasoulas A., Liakopoulos G., Nikolopoulos D. 2012. Comparison of the S-, N- or P-deprivations’ impact on stomatal conductance, transpiration and photosynthetic rate of young maize leaves. American Journal of Plant Sciences 3: 1058-1065; doi: 10.4236/ajps.2012.38126

Review articles

1. Karabourniotis G. and Liakopoulos G. 2005. Phenolic compounds in plant cuticles: Physiological and ecological aspects, Advances in Plant Physiology, 8, 33-47.
2. Liakopoulos G., Stavrianakou S. and Karabourniotis G. 2008. Cellular boron: So many interactions for such a few roles? Advances in Plant Physiology, 10, 319-336.
3. Liakopoulos G., Nikolopoulos D. and Karabourniotis G. 2007. The first step from light to wine: Photosynthetic performance and photoprotection of grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) leaves. Functional Plant Science and Biotechnology, 1, 112-119.