The Master of science program

Sustainable Agriculture

The Master of science program

Project (9 months duration, 60 ECTS)

Independently of the thesis thematic area, students acquire standard common skills and competencies such as literature reviewing, hypothesis formulation and experimental design, sampling and collection of data, statistical analysis of acquired measurements (where necessary), 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:

  1. soil and leaves lab analytical methods (e.g. spectrophotometer, Khendal, ICP, etc.);
  2. sugars and antioxidants measurements in fruits, chlorophyll and carotenoids analysis in leaves (e.g. HPLC etc.);
  3. operation of fully automated hydroponics fertilization and irrigation system;
  4. evaluation of photosynthetic and evapotranspiration status of plants (LI-COR 6400 system);
  5. molecular biology techniques (RT-PCR, agroinfiltration, nucleic acids and proteins hybridizations, fluorescence microscopy etc.).

Research activities

Topics generally available for Master of Science theses:

  • Compost evaluation as a substrate in hydroponic systems with simultaneous application of additional variables such as CO2, salinity etc;
  • Study of Mediterranean insect pests activity and their bio-ecological characteristics;
  • Host-virus interactions essential for virus replication or plant resistance;
  • Nutrient and energy budget analysis for integrated crop management and organic farming systems;
  • Selected research topics on organic farming, integrated crop management.

Indicative master thesis realized whithin the area

  1. Title: Old And Endangered Organically Cultivated Greenhouse Tomatoes. Effect of The Harvest Time On The Flavour Ingredients And Consumer Acceptance
    Author: Vasilis Gkisakis, Agronomist, Greek (2006)
    Place of Realization: IOL, University of Bonn, Germany
    Thesis director: Ulrich Kopke
  2. Title: A Yeast Two-Hybrid System Approach to Identify Tomato Proteins Interacting with Pepino Mosaic Virus (PepMV) Proteins
    Author: Rita Veiga, Agronomist, Portugese (2007)
    Place of Realization: Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Crete, Greece
    Thesis director: Ioannis Livieratos
  3. Title: Nutrient Budgeting as an Environmental Indicator For Conventional And Organic Olive Cultivation Systems In Crete
    Author: Ali Abokila, Agronomist, Egyptian (2008)
    Place of Realization: Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Crete, Greece
    Thesis director: Guido Haas and Emmanouil Kambourakis
  4. Title: Looking For A Model of Sustainability: The Opportunity For A Sustainable Localized Food System In Crete With A Focus on Fresh Vegetable and Melon Production and Distribution
    Author: Kristy Apostolides, Agronomist, Cypriot (2008)
    Place of Realization: Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Crete, Greece
    Thesis director: Emmanouil Kambourakis
  5. Title: Reponses of Cucumber To Composted Pig Manure Used As Sole Substrate or In Mixtures With Perlite At Different Ratios: Impact Of The Height Of The Substrate In The Bag
    Author: Ola Al Naddaf, Agronomist, Syrian (2009)
    Place of Realization: Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Crete, Greece
    Thesis director: Dimitris Savvas

Last update: Sep 13, 2017