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Perrotis College at the forefront of research on plant and food genomics
1st July 2020

Perrotis College, in collaboration with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) and universities and research centers from Spain and Israel, has made significant strides in recent years in the rapidly evolving field of plant and food genomics research.

The efforts began with the analysis of traditional varieties of "giant" and "elephant" bean varieties, demonstrating their genetic variability in terms of quality and disease resistance. Significant results were also shown by the pan-genomic analysis of all zucchini types, which showed for the first time which genes are responsible for the very high variability in shapes and colors in zucchini.

At the moment, a pioneering pan-genomic study is being conducted on all Greek cherry varieties for the analysis of both genetic and protein variability and the way it is related to the quality of Greek cherries. The results of the study are scheduled to be published over the summer.

The Perrotis College Genomics Laboratory has developed important initiatives for the nutritional promotion of Greek products such as table olives and the salt-resistant samphire. Using post-genome analysis for the first time, it was revealed that the Halkidiki table olives show high variability in probiotic bacteria and that the cultivation method has a significant effect on the probiotic profile of olives.

Experiments are also currently taking place for the genomic analysis of samphire with particular emphasis on genes that contribute to its particular nutritional value and resistance to drought and salinity that can make it an ideal plant for growing in barren soils near the sea.

According to the Academic Dean of the Perrotis College School of Graduate Studies Dr. Athanasios Tsaftaris “Perrotis College has significant infrastructure and knowledge and contributes greatly to today's scientific developments. Greek biodiversity is a very important natural resource. It is our duty to protect the wild flora at all costs if we really want to ensure the viability of the living and non-living environment, our productive systems, the economy and the future of humanity.”

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