The Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment http://agr.uth.gr/
Team in O+
Dr Nikolaos Katsoulas. Nikolaos leading WP3 PLANT. He is the Director of LACEC, Associate Professor of the University of Thessaly (UTH), (BSc in Agronomy- 1997, PhD in Agricultural Engineering-2002), is specialised in greenhouses equipment and environmental control. He is currently involved in research on greenhouse design and environmental control, crop evapotranspiration and use of models for irrigation, fertigation and climate management in greenhouses. He has participated in more than 30 EU and National funded research projects and has published more 150 publications (40 in peer-reviewed journals).
Dr Thomas Bartzanas. Thomas is an agronomist with a PhD in Agricultural Engineering. He is Senior Researcher and Head of the Agrotechnology Department of CERTH/IRETETH. He has more than 10 years of teaching and research involvement in the field of agricultural constructions, rational use of water resources in agriculture and the adoption and use of ICT technologies in agriculture. He has coordinated and participated in more than 35 R&D projects to agro-mechatronics and has more than 250 publications in this field (45 in peer-reviewed journals).
Dr Constantinos Kittas. Constantinos is a Professor of UTH, Agricultural, Civil and Mechanical Engineer. He has more than 35 years of teaching and extensive research involvement in the field of agricultural engineering. He is currently involved in research on agricultural structures management and control and use of models for irrigation and fertigation management in greenhouse participated in more than 45 EU or National funded research projects and has published more 300 publications (100 in peer-reviewed journals).
Dr George Nanos . George is the Director of LoP, Professor of UTH. He obtained his M.Sc. (Horticulture) and Ph.D. degrees (Plant Physiology) from University of California, Davis. His research priorities over the last 20 years include fruit quality evaluation and maintenance including pre-harvest factors manipulating fruit quality (peach, almond, table olive, apple), effects of climatic factors on tree physiology and development and application of Integrated Production Protocols for Apples in Greece.
About the University of Thessaly
The Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment of Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλίας (University of Thessaly – UTH) is located in Volos in the region of Thessaly in Central Greece. Among the objectives of the main mission of the Department are to conduct applied and technological research that leads to new products and services with environmental, economic and social impact. The Laboratory of Agricultural Constructions & Environmental Control (LACEC) of the Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment of UTH is active in the field of Agricultural Constructions with special emphasis in greenhouses. The research of LACEC is focused on the environmental friendly production by means of optimal greenhouse climate control that leads to reduction of inputs in energy, water, nutrients, fertilisers and pesticides and production footprint. The Laboratory of Pomology (LoP) of the same Department will also participate in this project as is active in the field organic olive and apple production. Main focus of the team members is on the Agro-technology domain and more specific issues related to: sustainable farming practises, smart farming, rational use of water and fertilisers in crop production systems, good agricultural practises, ICT, sensors, rational inputs use (use of renewable energy, and water, soil, and land resources prevention), and environmental footprint assessment and optimization of agricultural production systems. Due to its geographical location (South-Europe) and the low level of technological adoption from the farmers, the team has adjusted many of their services and products to fit with these special groups. Moreover, the team has the necessary skills and experience in issues related to technology transfer, training and education in areas and farmers with little experience / education. LACEC and LoP have participated in more than 50 research projects and coordinated more than 30 of them. Its members have published more than 100 manuscripts in peer review journals and more than 300 in conference proceedings.