Project (9 months duration, 60 ECTS)

Independently of the thesis thematic area, students acquire standard common competencies such as literature reviewing, hypothesis formulation and experimental design, scientific writing and critical interpretation of results. Linked to the thematic area of their research work, students gain specific competencies that might fall in different groups:

  • Arabidopsis genetics
  • Regulation of tomato fruit ripening
  • Agrofood forensics
  • Genetic diversity assessment of horticultural crops
  • Olive genomics and transcriptomics

Research activities: topics generally available for Master of Science theses

  • Role of prolyl 4 hydroxylases in tomato and Arabidopsis growth and development
  • Arabidopsis genetics
  • Regulation of fruit ripening and Arabinogalactans
  • Agrofood forensics and development of biotechnological methodologies for authenticity and traceability
  • Genetic diversity assessment of horticultural crops
  • Olive genomics and transcriptomics
  • Molecular basis of abiotic stress response such as hypoxia

Indicative master thesis realized whithin the area

Title Agrobacterium Tumefaciens mediated production of transgenic plants expressing carnation P4H1 RNAi construct
Author Ahou, Abdellah, Agronomist, Morocco (2008)
Place of realisation Department of Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Chania, Greece
Thesis director Dr. P. Kalaitzis

 

Title Characterization of Prolyl 4-Hydroxylase genes utilizing in silico and in vitro approaches
Author Rabi, Issam, Biologist, Palestine (2009)
Place of realisation Department of Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Chania, Greece
Thesis director Dr. P. Kalaitzis

 

Title A study on the molecular basis of alterations in ethylene production in Prolyl 4-Hydroxylase 9 T-DNA knockout mutant
Author Yamoune, Amel, Biologist, Algeria (2010)
Place of realisation Department of Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Chania, Greece
Thesis director Dr. P. Kalaitzis

 

Title Virus-induced gene silencing of two tomato Prolyl 4-Hydroxylase enhanced growth
Author Sedeek, Khalid, Biologist, Egypt (2010)
Place of realisation Department of Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Chania, Greece
Thesis director Dr. P. Kalaitzis

 

Title Applications of reverse genetics methods toward AtP4H3 and AtP4H4 gene function
Author Klepadlo, Mariola, Biotechnologist, Poland (2011)
Place of realisation Department of Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Chania, Greece
Thesis director Dr. P. Kalaitzis

 

Title Bioinformatics Analysis of gene regulatory networks in Arabidopsis under dark conditions
Author Zahran, Jaffal, Biologist, Palestine (2011)
Place of realisation Department of Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Chania, Greece
Thesis director Dr. P. Kalaitzis

 

Title A search for chloroplastic SNPs in Greek olive germplasm and their use for the identification of varietal origin in DNA mixtures of olive varieties
Author Manolikaki, Ioanna, Agronomist, Greece (2012)
Place of realisation Department of Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Chania, Greece
Thesis director Dr. P. Kalaitzis

 

Title Characterization of Arabidopsis Thaliana p4h9-1 and p4h11-1 T-DNA mutant lines and their double mutant p4h9-1p4h911-1
Author Cukrov, Dubravka, Biotechnologist, Croatia (2012)
Place of realisation Department of Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Chania, Greece
Thesis director Dr. P. Kalaitzis