Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dep. of Forestry and Natural Environment, Laboratory of Forest Genetics and Plant Breeding,

Location: Campus of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Establishments of the Dep. of Forestry and Natural Environment, Konstantinou Kakoulidi and Dimokritou, Foinikas, Thessaloniki, Greece

Website: www.for.auth.gr

Contact personApostolos Scaltsoyiannes, Professor, Director of the Laboratory of Forest Genetics and Plant Breeding

e-mail: [email protected] 

Phone number:  +30 2310 992776

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is the biggest University of the Balkan Peninsula. There are 81.500 students in the University, 72.140 undergraduates and 8.360 postgraduate students. The Teaching and Research Personnel (DEP) is 2.207 people (of whom 767 professors, 452 associate professors, 618 assistant professors and 370 lecturers).

The laboratory of Forest Genetics and Plant Breeding, established in 1975, is the oldest in GREECE in the field and its activities are well known in its sector. Its scope is the student education and the research. It has developed techniques on genetic markers (biochemical and molecular), vegetative propagation (traditional and tissue culture techniques) etc. The lab has a net of experimental plantations, spread all over GREECE, greenhouses etc. In the Laboratory work 6 permanent researchers (2 professors and 4 assistant professors), as well as postgraduates and graduates students. The Project Partner and Director of the Laboratory of Forest Genetics and Plant Breeding of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is the scientific representative of the University for the Agreement on green development at Balkans.

The main contribution of the lab in this project is: 1) Database on species composition and state of bats within the project area; 2) Collected all of the available information on bats diversity; 3) Capitalized information on bats diversity; 4) Research on correlation between bats and mosquitoes; 5) Defining appropriate bat population for genetic research Recruitment of genetic material; 6) Research on parentage between bats from both sides of the border based on molecular genetic; 7) Training, educating and informing the local population about the bats and the results of the surveys to be conducted during the program.