AgroLIFE (LIFE13 BIO/CY/00114) (Coordinator). To enable and promote the conservation of high nature value farmlands in Cyprus. See here.
Development of agri-environmental indicators for Cyprus (Coordinator): The project aimed at developing easy to use indicators to assess the impacts of agricultural practices on the environment through the years. An example of an indicator is use of pesticides and fertilizers in agricultural fields or the emission of greenhouse gases from animal farms. The project was funded by the Department of Agriculture of Cyprus through the Agricultural Development Program of 2007-2013. More information on the 28-agri-environmental indicators can be found here.
Hydroflies project: Rational Management of Biotic and Abiotic Parameters in Hydroponic Cultivation of Tomato and Lettuce (partner): We collaborated with colleagues at CUT and MAICh to develop an IPM program for hydroponic tomato and lettuce. Our work focused on rearing the mirid predator Macrolophus pygmaeus and assessing insecticide toxicity to the beneficial. More about Hydroflies can be found here.
Enhancing ecosystem services in Mediterranean tomato crops (Coordinator): Macrolophus pygmaeus and Nesidiocoris tenuis are two important predators in tomato crops in Cyprus. We assessed the seasonal abundance of the two insects and evaluated the lethal and sublethal effects of commonly used pesticides to the two predators. See here for relevant publications.
Managing outbreaks of forest pests (partner): Juniperus foetidissima is a native species of plant in the forests of Cyprus. Regeneration of Juniperus forests is limited by the low percentage of germinating seeds. We worked with plant biologists in the framework of the LIFE+ project JUNIPER-CY to identify seed feeding insects that attack Juniperus seeds.