Applied Research & Development for Sustainable Food Production Systems (Agroecology, Organic farming, Integrated agriculture)
Agricultural Biodiversity (functional agrobiodiversity and 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
Innovation Support Services for Agricultural Production
Through the long term collaboration with national & EU research institutes, educational centers and non-governmental organisations, we have participated as subcontractors in the following projects & activities:
Project "Life IGIC - Improvement of green infrastructure in agroecosystems: reconnecting natural areas by countering habitat fragmentation (Life+ programme, LIFE16 NAT/GR/000575) (2018-2022 ) [Hellenic Mediterranean University]
Project "Impact of different management systems and spatial factors on the biodiversity of olive agroecosystems". (Scholarship of excelence 2020-2021) [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). Contracted participation in the 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 Erasmus+ project: "Developing an integrated rural development educational toolkit for decision makers and key figure" (2017-2108) [MAICh]
Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems Training. Project OER-aRD (2016-2017) [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 Biodiversity and Environmental Impact of Olive Production Systems Project for the development of a Private Environmental Standard (2011-2015) [MAICh, ELGO-Demeter]
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). Agrobiodiversity 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.