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Eleni Pliakoni

EPliakoniPliakoni comes to K-State Olathe from the University of Florida, where she has been a postdoctoral research assistant in the department of horticultural sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.  Her main research in UF was in the field of post-harvest handling which involved studying different ways of extending the shelf life of fruits and vegetables based on changes in sensorial and nutritional quality factors. 

In the past she participated in an International student exchange program (ATLANTIS), visiting the Horticultural Sciences Department of Texas A&M University. After completing all the requirements she received the International Certificate on Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops (ICPT). She has also worked at the CSIC Research Center in Murcia, using chromatography for the analysis of phenol constituent in fruit samples.


  • Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences, University of Thessaly
  • M.S. in Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Crete
  • B.S./M.S. in Agriculture from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Pliakoni has previous teaching and research experience from schools in Greece and Spain and at Texas A&M prior to her work at the University of Florida.

Research interests

Identifying pre-harvest conditions that affect storage and post-harvest handling of fresh fruits and vegetables grown in an urban environment. Improving growing practices in terms of food safety and quality including marketable product quality but also to beneficial quality for human health.

Publications/Scholarly Work

E.D. Pliakoni, A. I. Deltsidis and J.K. Brecht, 2012. Does prior storage in air at optimum or higher temperature influence the potential benefit of controlled atmosphere for broccoli in simulated marine shipments? (presented at ASHS Annual Conference July 31-August 3, 2012, Miami, Florida, (USA).

E.D. Pliakoni and G.D. Nanos 2011. Influence of Deficit Irrigation and Reflective Mulch on ‘Konservolea’ Olive Leaf Physiology during the Growing Period Acta Hort. 888: 199-204.

E.D. Pliakoni, G.D. Nanos and M.I. Gil, 2010. Two Seasonal Study of the Influence of Regulated Deficit Irrigation and Reflective Mulch on Individual and Total Phenolic Compounds of Nectarines at Harvest and during Storage. J Agric Food Chem: 58 (22) 11783–11789

E.D. Pliakoni, D. Daenas and G.D. Nanos. 2010. Total phenol content and chilling injury of normally- or deficit-irrigated fresh green olives during storage. Acta Hort. 877: 209-214.

E.D. Pliakoni, H. Kalorizou and G.D. Nanos. 2008. Peach leaf physiology and irrigation water and light availability. Option Mediterraneennes A84: 61- 67.

D.S. Skopelitis, N.V. Paranychianakis, K.A. Paschalidis, E.D. Pliakonis, I.D. Delis, D.I. Yakoumakis, A Kouvarakis, E. Stephanou, A.K. Papadakis, K.A. Roubelakis-Angelakis 2006. Abiotic stress generates ROS that signal expression of anionic glutamate dehydrogenases to form glutamate for proline synthesis in tobacco and grapevine. Plant Cell 18:2767-2781.