Project (9 months duration, 60 ECTS)

Independently of the thesis thematic area, students acquire standard common competencies such as literature reviewing, hypothesis formulation and experimental design, sampling and collection of data, statistical analysis of acquired measurements (where necessary), scientific writing and critical interpretation of results. Linked to the thematic area of their research work, students gain specific competencies that might fall in different groups:

  1. soil and leaves lab analytical methods (e.g. spectrophotometer, Khendal, ICP, etc.);
  2. sugars and antioxidants measurements in fruits, chlorophyll and carotenoids analysis in leaves (e.g. HPLC etc.);
  3. operation of fully automated hydroponics fertilization and irrigation system;
  4. evaluation of photosynthetic and evapotranspiration status of plants (LI-COR 6400 system);
  5. molecular biology techniques (RT-PCR, agroinfiltration, nucleic acids and proteins hybridizations, fluorescence microscopy etc.).

Research activities

The following topics generally available for Master of Science theses:

  • Compost evaluation as a substrate in hydroponic systems with simultaneous application of additional variables such as CO2, salinity etc;
  • Study of Mediterranean insect pests activity and their bio-ecological characteristics;
  • Host-virus interactions essential for virus replication or plant resistance;
  • Nutrient and energy budget analysis for integrated crop management and organic farming systems;
  • Selected research topics on organic farming, integrated crop management.

Indicative master thesis realized whithin the area

Title Nutrient levels and nutrient budgeting in organic, integrated and conventional olive orchards located in different agroecological zones (2013)
Author Shaimaa Esmail, Agronomist, Egypt
Place of realisation Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Crete, Greece
Thesis director Dr. Emmanouil Kabourakis, ELGO-Demeter, Heraklion, Greece

 

Title Extension Provision in Organic Agriculture. The Case of Crete, Greece and Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany (2013)
Author Nina Osterle, Agronomist, Germany
Place of realisation Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Crete, Greece
Thesis director Dr. Alex Koutsouris – Agriculture University Athens

 

Title Effects of wheat sowing density on key morphological traits involved in competitive ability against weeds (2014)
Author Dalia Hosam, Agronomist, Egypt
Place of realisation Santa Anna University, Pisa, Italy
Thesis director Dr. Paolo Barberi

 

Title The effect of multi-species cover crop systems on weed suppression and soil fertility in organic agriculture (2015)
Author Ali Nasrallah, Lebanon
Place of realisation American Farm School (Perrotis College), Thessaloniki, Greece
Thesis director Dr. Christos Vassilikiotis

 

Title Alleviation of salinity induced stress with silicon and zinc application in hydroponically grown tomatoes (2015)
Author Andrei Costan, Agronomist, Romania
Place of realisation Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Crete, Greece
Thesis director Dr. Nikolaos Tzortzakis – Cyprus University of Technology

 

Title A cucumber protoplast system to study Cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus replication (2015)
Author Romy Moukarzel, Agronomist, Lebanon
Place of realisation Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Crete, Greece
Thesis director Dr. Ioannis Livieratos