Our work

> In a glimpse..

Agroecologiki delivers services on:

  • Applied Research & Development for Sustainable Food Production Systems (Agroecology, regenerative and Organic farming, Agroforestry, Integrated agriculture)
  • Sustainable management of Olive and Mediterranean Tree Crops
  • Agricultural Biodiversity (functional agrobiodiversity & agroecosystem services)
  • Environmental Impact of Agriculture
  • Vocational Education & Training in Sustainability, Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Advisory Services on Sustainable Production Systems & Agroecology
  • ICT applications for Agricultural Sustainability Assessment
  • Consultancy & Innovation Support Services for Sustainable Agricultural Production

> Projects

Through the long term collaboration with national & EU research institutes, educational centers and non-governmental organisations, we participate as partners or subcontractors in the following projects & activities:
  • Project "AE4EU - Agroecology for Europe" (Horizon 2020 programme) with Grant Agreemeent Nr 101000478 and duration of 3 years (2021-2013). Project partner (read the 1st Press Release in Greek and English)
  • Project "Life IGIC - Improvement of green infrastructure in agroecosystems: reconnecting natural areas by countering habitat fragmentation (Life+ programme, LIFE16 NAT/GR/000575). Development of Green Infrastructure and sustainable olive production practices in olive orchards of south Crete. (2018-2022 ) [Hellenic Mediterranean University]
  • Project "Demeter - Digitizing and transforming European industry and services: digital innovation hubs and platforms" (Horizon 2020 -  project ID Nr: 857202).  Experimentation on olive management practices and the application of  a Decision Support System to support olive prudoction systems. (2020-2022) [Agricolus s.r.l.]
  • Project "LIFT - Low-Input Farming and Territories – Integrating knowledge for improving ecosystem-based farming” (ID: 770747) funded under the EU's Horizon 2020 research programme  (2020) [ELGO-Demeter] 
  • Project "Impact of different management systems and spatial factors on the biodiversity of olive agroecosystems". (Scholarship of excelence 2020-2021) [Hellenic Mediterranean University]
  • Project "Olive Roads" (2019) [Hellenic Mediterranean University]
  • Development of Conservation Vineyard of Vine Varieties in Crete (2016-2018) [ELGO-Demeter]
  • Young Farmers National Extension Programme. Provision of lectures on olive & vine production, post-harvest technology and environmental impact of agriculture (2017) [ELGO-Demeter]
  • EKLIPSE project (H2020). Expert Working Group "Farmer Uptake: What measures are most promising to deliver on supporting biodiversity and ecosystem services in the next round of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)? (2017) [Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
  • Rusdela project: "Developing an integrated rural development educational toolkit for decision makers and key figure" (2017-2108) [MAICh]
  • OER-aRD project (2016-2017). Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems Training.  [MAICh]
  • Minerva Farmers Academy: Sustainable Olive Production training based on the Environmental Standard of olive oil production "Aeiforo" by Minerva SA. (2016) [MAICh and ELGO-Demeter]
  • Livorg LdV Project: "Design and testing new VET frameworks for the transfer and recognition of organic livestock management skills in Europe." (2014-2016) [MAICh]

  • Agroskill LdV project: "Transferring methods for validation of informal learning to VET institutions in the field of sustainable agriculture" (2014-2016) [MAICh]
  • ACID LdV project: "Improving competences of agricultural counselors in the development of agriculture" (2012-2014) [MAICh]
  • Assessment of Environmental Impact of Olive Production Systems Project for the development of a private olive production Standard (2011-2015) [MAICh, ELGO-Demeter]

> We work with

> Publications

  • Gkisakis, V. D., Volakakis N., Kosmas E. & Kabourakis, E. M. (2020). Developing a decision support tool for the environmental performance of olive production, in terms of energy use and greenhouses gases emissions. J Sustain Prod Consum [Accepted: July 2020]
  • Gkisakis, V. D., Volakakis N. & Kabourakis, E. M. (2020). Agroecological zones as an important driver of canopy arthropod community in olive agroecosystems. Biol control. 104319
  • Gkisakis, V. D., Damianakis K., (2020). Digital innovations for the agroecological transition: A user innovation and Commons-based approach. J Sustainable Organic Agric Syst [accepted May 2020]
  • Dimitrova, A., Milošević, M., Spanos, T., Livieratos, I., Gkisakis, V. D., (2020). Yellow or transparent? Comparison of sticky traps for monitoring functional arthropod diversity in an olive agroecosystem. Animal Biodiversity and Consevation, 43.1: 159–167
  • Gkisakis V., Vakali C., Veikontis G., Papadopoulos P., Papazoglou K., Kalaitzoglou K., Dialina I., Kontele B., Palasides K., Tsingou. R., Chatzigeorgiou S., (2019). The prospect of Agroecology in agriculture. For the transition towards a truly sustainable agri-food system. Issue paper by Agroecological Network of Greece. Heraklion, ISBN: 978-618-84512-0-9
  • Milosevic M., Dimitrova A., Livieratos I., & Gkisakis V.D (2019). Olive production in a changing climate: Effect of herbivore-induced plant volatiles on functional canopy arthropods in the olive agroecosystem. ADAPTtoCLIMATE International conference 2019, Heraklion, Crete, 24 June 2019
  • Dimitrova A., Livierators Y., Gkisakis V.D., (2018). Trapping methodologies for functional canopy arthropod diversity in olive agroecosystem. 2nd Mediterranean Forum “Research and Innovation as Tools for Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security”. 18-20 September. CIHEAM-IAMB, Bari, Italy.
  • Kabourakis,. E., Kollaros, D., Xirouchakis, S., Gkisakis, V.D. (…), Lyberakis, P., Probonas, M. (2018). Improvement of Green Infrastructure in agroecosystems: reconnecting natural areas by countering habitat fragmentation. 9th Panhellenic Ecology Conference, 4-7 Oct. 2018. Heraklion, Crete, Greece
  • Migliorini P., Gkisakis V.D., Gonzalvez V., Bàrberi P. (2018). Agroecology in Mediterranean Europe: genesis, state and perspectives. Sustainability, 10(8), 2724; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10082724
  • Gkisakis, V. D., Bàrberi, P., & Kabourakis, E. M. (2018). Olive canopy arthropods under organic, integrated, and conventional management. The effect of farming practices, climate and landscape. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 42 (8): 843-858
  • Gkisakis V.D. (2017)."Diversify & minimize" Agroecological approaches for GHG mitigation & increasing resilience of Mediterranean agroecosystems & rural societies. "Climate Changing Agriculture" International Conference 29 September 2017, Chania, Greece
  • Kabourakis E., Gkisakis V.D., Volakakis N. (2017) Climate change and olive farming. The case of olive growing in different agroecological zones and under different management systems in Crete, Greece. "Climate Changing Agriculture" International Conference 29 September 2017, Chania, Greece
  • Gkisakis, V. D., Volakakis N., Kollaros, D., Bàrberi, P. & Kabourakis, E. M. (2016). Soil arthropod community in the olive agroecosystem: Determined by environment & farming practices in different management systems and agroecological zones. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 218, 178-189.
  • Gkisakis V. (2016). Comparison of the environmental impact between olive oil & other edible oils: a literature review. 1st International Scientific Meeting On Olive Oil. 26-28 October 2016, Barcelona, Spain 
  • Gkisakis, V., Volakakis, N., Kabourakis, E. (2016) Development of a decision support tool for on-farm assessment of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in olive orchards. VII International Scientific Agricultural Symposium “Agrosym 2016” Jahorina, October 06-09, 2016, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Gkisakis, V. D., Kollaros, D., & Kabourakis (2015). Air arthropods as determined by environment and farming practices in organic, integrated and conventional olive orchards in Crete, Greece. 16th Panhellenic Entomological Congress, 20-23 October, 2015, Heraklion, Crete, Greece.

  • Gkisakis, V. D., Kollaros, D., & Kabourakis (2015). Air arthropod community in the different agroecological zones of the Cretan olive orchards, as determined by environment and farming practices. International Congress on the Zoogeography and Ecology of Greece and Adjacent Regions, 13th ICZEGAR, 7-11 October 2015, Heraklion, Crete, Greece.

  • Gkisakis, V. D., Kollaros, D., Barberi, P., Livieratos I. & Kabourakis (2015). Effect of management and environmental factors on soil arthropod diversity in organic, conventional and integrated olive orchards. ISHS International Symposium, Innohort, Innovation in Integrated & Organic Horticulture, 8-12 June 2015, Avignon, France.

  • Volakakis, N., Bogka, G., Gkisakis V., & Kabourakis E. (2015). Seasonal monitoring of olive fruit fly, Bactrocera oleae (Diptera: tephritidae) in different agroecological zones in Greece. 7th IOBS-WPRC. Integrated Protection of Olive Crops, 11-14 May 2015, Kalamata, Greece.

  • Gkisakis, V., Kollaros, D., Bàrberi, P., Livierattos, I., & Kampourakis, E. (2014). Soil arthropod diversity in organic, integrated and conventional olive orchards in Crete. IFOAM - Building Organic Bridges, 2, 579-582.

  • Gkisakis, V. D., Kollaros, D., Bàrberi, P., Livieratos, I. C., & Kabourakis, E. M. (2014). Soil arthropod diversity in organic, integrated, and conventional olive orchards and different agroecological zones in Crete, Greece. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 39 (3), 276-294.

  • Gkisakis, V. D., Kollaros, D., & Kabourakis (2014). Soil arthropod biodiversity in plain and hilly olive orchard agroecosystems, in Crete, Greece. Entomologia Hellenica, 23: 33-43.
  • Gkisakis, V.D. "The protection of Seeds in Greece" (2011). In book: End of Farm-Saved Seeds?, Chapter: The protection of Seeds, Editors: BiotechWatch.gr - Sporos

  • Klein D., Gkisakis V., Krumbein A., Liveriatos Y., and Köpke U. (2010) Old and endangered tomato cultivars under organic greenhouse production: effect of harvest time on flavour profile and consumer acceptance. Int. J. Food Sci & Technology, 45(11): 2250-2257.

  • Kreyenschmidt J., Aabo S., Bruckner S., Christensen B.B., Gkisakis V., Hansen T.B., Kampmann Y., Lettmann T., Raab V., van Beek P. and Petersen B. (2007). Development of a “Decision Support Tool” (DST) for the pork supply chain. Poster, 5th International conference of Predictive Modeling in Foods, Athens, September 2007.

  • Alvarez, J., Porwolik, S., Laconcha, I. Gisakis V., Vivanco, A., Gonzalez, I., et al. (2003). Detection of a Salmonela enterica serovar California strain spreading in Spanish feed mills and Genetic characterization with DNA Microarrays. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 69: 7531-7534.