Panaghiotis (Panos) TSOPELAS
NAGREF-Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems
Terma Alkmanos, 11528 Athens, Greece, P.O. Box 14180
Tel.: +3210 7790865, Fax: +23210 7784602
Laboratory : Forest Pathology
B. Sc. Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Forestry School
M. Sc. York University, Toronto, Canada, Biology Department
Ph. D. Agricultural University of Athens, Greece
Field of Research: Forest Pathology
Research interests cover a wide range of subjects related to tree pathology. Resent areas of research involvement include the following main areas:
- Investigation on the canker stain disease of plane trees caused by the fungus Ceratocystis platani. This is an alien invasive species which has been spreading in recent years in the natural ecosystems of Platanus orientalis in Greece, killing thousands of trees. The research focuses mainly on the application of control methods.
- Ecology, distribution and pathogenic behaviour of root rot pathogenic fungi; focusing particularly on Heterobasidion spp. in coniferous forests, as well as species of Armillaria spp. in both coniferous and deciduous forests. Some work has also been carried out on other basidiomycetes that cause wood decay on standing trees, such as Fomitiporia spp., Ganoderma spp., Phellinus spp., Fomitopsis pinicola etc.
- Study of fungi causing cankers on a variety of tree species, including Seiridium spp and Botryosphaeria spp.
- Investigation on the biotic and abiotic factors that contribute to fir mortality in natural forests of Greece. It mainly concerns the study of the pathogenic organisms, including the mistletoe, that contribute to the weakening of fir trees and predispose them to beetle attacks. It also includes the study of site factors along with meteorological data and their effect on fir decline.
- Surveys on quarantine pathogens Phytophthora ramorum and Ceratocystis platani.