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- July 23, 2018
Dr Stefanos Andreadis holds a doctorate in Agriculture from the Department of Agriculture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). His main research area is Agricultural Entomology, however, he is working on nearly all entomological aspects including management of invasive species, insects of medical importance focusing on the attraction of mosquitoes to avian volatiles and integrated pest management of major herbivores. Before joining IPGRB he served as a Research Associate at the Department of Entomology, Pennsylvania State University. His main tasks were discrimination of behavioral bioassays to assess attractiveness or deterrence-related effects, detection of pheromononally active compounds using gas chromatography coupled to electroantennographic detection (GC/EAD) and gas chromatography coupled with a behavioral bioassay (GC/BB), and formulation and application of entomopathogenic fungi for efficacy bioassays. He also served as a Research Scholar at the Department of Plant Protection Biology of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, investigating the associations between yeasts and insect herbivores, and their interspecific interactions which play a crucial role in yeast and insect evolution in terms of host plant ecology and their contribution to the signals that mediate host plant finding and recognition, with particular emphasis on behavioural aspects. He participated in various research programs (1 E.U., 12 National and 10 Industrial) and has authored more than 40 scientific publications (28 peer-reviewed journal articles) including 2 University textbooks (h-index 10).
Andreadis takes an active role in the Hellenic Entomological Society being a member of the government board since 2010. He is also experienced in chairing committees and moderating sessions of research conferences (national and international) and workshops, a well as in chairing and organizing formal symposia. He is the Co-Chair of the forthcoming XII European Conference of Entomology at Crete in 2022.
A Fellow of the Greek State Scholarships Foundation, Andreadis has also been awarded by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Research Committee, the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST Action 862- Bacterial Toxins for Insect Control), the Nilsson-Ehle Endowments, the Lars Hierta Memorial Foundation, and the Carl Tryggers Foundation. He recently applied for a Swedish patent.
Since October 2017, he is an independent researcher in Agricultural Entomology, at the Institute of Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources of the Hellenic Agricultural Organization at Thermi (Greece).
I am keenly interested in investigating the behavior and chemical ecology of tripartite relationships between insects, plants, and microorganisms with the ultimate goal to develop effective novel tools that attractant and trap insects in terms of integrated pest management. These includes identification of chemical cues and signals used by insects for host recognition, plant responses to herbivores, insect community ecology and coevolution. For me it is fascinating to learn more about the evolution of insect olfaction as well as to observe and understand how trace amounts of chemical compounds modulate insect behavior. The current focus of my research is on Halyomorpha halys an invasive, destructive pest insect that feed on over 100 species of plants, including many agricultural crops.
In addition, I have a strong interest in the surveillance and management of insect vectors of human and animal diseases and recently in growing insects for food and animal feed.