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Eleni Pliakoni

Associate Professor of Urban Food Production and Postharvest Handling

Elani PliakoniContact Info

epliakoni@k-state.edu
913-307-7370


Eleni Pliakoni 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.

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Education

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

Pliakoni and her lab are Identifying pre-harvest conditions that affect storage and post-harvest handling of fresh fruits and vegetables grown in an urban environment. They are working to improve growing practices in terms of food safety and quality. This includes improving the marketable quality of produce, increasing its shelf life and increasing nutritional aspects that benefit human health. 

Lab and Affiliations

Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources

K-State Research and Extension Center-Olathe

Cultivate KC

Food Policy Coalition

Johnson County Community College's Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Board

Students

M.S. students

Tricia Jenkins

Joseph Rundquist

Ph.D. students

Kelly Gude

Konstantinos Batziakas

Teaching Schedule

HORT 794: Urban Food Systems (Spring)

HORT 795: Urban Agriculture Study Tour (Fall)

HORT 725: Postharvest Handlings and Physiology of Horticultural Crops (Spring)

HORT 791: Urban Agriculture (Fall)

HORT 790: Sustainable Agriculture (Fall)

HORT 793/FDSCI 630: Farm to Fork Produce Safety (Fall)

HORT 796: Professional Development in Urban Food Systems (Fall, Spring)

Publications/Scholarly Work

  • Helena Pontes Chiebao, Jacob R. Jenott, Daniel A. Unruh, Sara E. Gragg  Cary L. Rivard, E.D. Pliakoni. 2018. Postharvest treatments to improve quality, safety and storage life, at non-optimum temperatures of locally grown vegetables in Kansas. Acta Hortic 1194: 1353-1360.

  • K. Gude, C.L. Rivard, H.P. Chiebao, M. Swaney-Stueve2 and E.D. Pliakoni, 2018. Pre-harvest Effects on Postharvest Quality of Spring-Planted, Day-Neutral Strawberries in High Tunnels. Acta Hortic 1194: 91-98.

  • K. Gude, C.L. Rivard, S.E. Gragg, K. Oxley, P. Xanthopoulos and E.D. Pliakoni. 2018. Day-neutral Strawberries for High Tunnel Production in the Central United States. HortTechnology 28(2):154-165.

  • Helena Pontes Chiebao, Jacob R. Jenott, Daniel A. Unruh, Sara E. Gragg  Cary L. Rivard, E.D. Pliakoni. 2018. Postharvest treatments to improve quality, safety and storage life, at non-optimum temperatures of locally grown vegetables in Kansas. Acta Hortic 1194: 1353-1360.

  • L.J. Meyer, M.M. Kennelly, E.D. Pliakoni, and C.L. Rivard.2017. Leaf removal reduces scion adventitious root formation and plant growth of grafted tomato. Sientia Horticuturea 214 :147-157.

  • E.D. Pliakoni, C.A. Shoemaker, R.R. Janke and C.L. Rivard. 2016. Building a new graduate program: A model for collaboration between institutions and industry. Acta Hortic 1126:187-192.

  • E.D. Pliakoni, D.J. Huber, S.A. Sargent, and J.K. Brecht. 2016. Using chlorophyll fluorescence as an indicator of brown stain (CO2 injury) in Romaine lettuce. Acta Hortic 1120:151-156.