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DEPARTMENT OF BOTANY


Postgraduate students working at Mt Stratoniko (from: Post. St.Program BNP http://bnp.bio.auth.gr/ex/links/PHOTOS/Evia2009.pps)
Postgraduate students working at Mt Dirfys (from: Post. Studies Program BNP http://bnp.bio.auth.gr/ex/links/PHOTOS/Evia2009.pps)
Postgraduate students working at Kitros saltmarsh (from: http://bnp.bio.auth.gr/ex/links/PHOTOS/Evia2009.pps)

1. Research Area

 
The Department of Botany cover the fields of Morphology, Anatomy ,Physiology and Biology of Plant Cells and Organisms, of Systematic Botany, Geobotany and Applied Botany. It consists of two Laboratories: Botany and Systematic Botany and Phytogeography.
 
2.Staff of Department of Botany (in alphabetical order)
 
 
2. Teaching activities
 
The Department Stuff teaching activities cover a wide range of plant biology courses, and the supervision of final year projects. Undergraduate Courses taught by members of the teaching stuff of the Department are the following: 
 
 
Department’s Stuff is teaching in other University Faculties the following courses: 
 
Botany (School of Pharmacy)
Environmental Microbiology (School of Chemical Engineering)
General Botany-Morphology (Faculty of Forestry and Natural Environment)
General Botany-Physiology (Faculty of Forestry and Natural Environment)
Plant Morphology-Anatomy (School of Agriculture)
Systematic Botany (School of Agriculture)
 
In addition, Department’s Stuff is teaching in Postgraduate Studies Programs of the School of Biology, Interdepartmental and Interuniversity Postgraduate Studies Programs.
 
Books authored by the Department’s Teaching Stuff [in Greek]
 
Eleftheriou E.P. (2006). Plant Propagation Material Technology. University Studio Press, Thessaloniki
Eleftheriou E.P. (2007). Botany-Plant Cell Biology and Plant Histology. University Studio Press, Thessaloniki
Karataglis S. (1994). Plant Physiology. Art of Text. Thessaloniki
Moustaka-Gouni M. Ocenaography. Exin publications. Thessaloniki.
Babalwnas D., Kokkini S. (2004). Systematic Botany. Aivazi Publications. Thessaloniki.
Bosabalidis, A. (2003) Botany-Plant Anatomy and Morphology. Thessaloniki
Bosabalidis, A. (2003) Botany-Plant Anatomy and Morphology. Laboratory Exercises. Thessaloniki.
Tsekos I. (2000). Botany. Structure, function and biology of plants. Adelfoi Kyriakidi Publishing. Thessaloniki
Tsekos I (2004) Plant Physiology. Adelfoi Kyriakidi Publishing. Thessaloniki
 
 
 
3. Research interests
 
The current research interests of the members of the Department of Botany are summarized in the following lines:
 
Abiotic stress and molecular mechanisms of photosynthesis
Aromatic and medicinal plants in Greece: taxonomy, biogeography, secondary metabolites (chemotaxonomy) 
Biochemical and molecular indices for plant taxonomy and phylogeny
Ecophysiology: Heavy metal accumulation and uptake of radionuclides by plants.  Pollution effects on plants
Environmental stress and oxidative stress
Floristic and phytogeographical studies in Greece
In vitro plant reproduction and biotechnology
Life cycles and ecophysiology of marine macrophytes
Localization of photosynthetic enzymes. Carbon metabolism. Photosynthetic microorganisms. Cyanobacterial blooms. Cyanobacterial toxins
Phytoplankton polyphasic taxonomy and ecology. Eutrophication and water quality assessment. 
Plant cell biology. Ultrastructure, function and differentiation of plant cells, tissues, glands
Plant diversity (morphological, genetic, phylogenetic, functional)
Plant Molecular Biology, Arabidopsis molecular genetics.
Population genetics and evolution
 
4. Research contribution of Department of Botany to societal needs
 
Research contribution of the Department of Botany to societal needs is reflected by the members’ participation in national, regional and local committees simultaneously with the dissemination of scientific results in forefront areas of health, production and environment in local and national social environment.
 
 
5. Laboratories
 
- Laboratory of General Botany
The laboratory of General Botany was established in 1929 (GP 3894/1929), the year of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki establishment. Head of the Laboratory is Professor Artemios Bosabalidis.

 

Laboratory of Systematic Botany and Phytogeography
The laboratory of Systematic Botany and Phytogeography was established in 1942 (GP 222/4-9-42. Head of the Laboratory is Professor Stella Kokkini.