Agricultural entomology – Crop protection – Biological control


ORCID:  0000-0003-3604-2109

Professor – Greece

Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry

Department of Agricultural Development – Democritus University of Thrace


Pantazidou 193,

68200 Orestiada



My research interests focus on integrated control of insect and mite pests in vegetable crops and orchards. Specifically, my group focuses on the use of predatory insects and mites as biological control agents, the evaluation of pesticides side-effects on non-target arthropods, the role of alternative food sources as a tool to enhance biological control, the risk assessment of exotic biological control agents and insect-plant interactions.


Teaching at Democritus University of Thrace

  • Undergraduate courses
    • General Ecology
    • General Zoology
    • Pests of Stored Products and of Medical Importance
    • Pests of Fruit Trees and Vineyards
  • Postgraduate courses
    • Integrated Pest Management
    • Insect—Plant Interactions

Teaching at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (as Visiting Professor)

  • Postgraduate courses
    • Integrated Pest Management

Selected publications

    1. Pappas, M.L., Liapoura M., Papantoniou D., Avramidou M., Kavroulakis N., Weinhold A., Broufas G., Papadopoulou K., 2018. The Beneficial endophytic fungus Fusarium solani strain K alters tomato Responses against spider mites to the benefit of the plant. Frontiers in Plant Science 9. doi:10.3389/fpls.2018.01603.
    2. Pappas, M.L., Tavlaki, G., Triantafyllou, A., Broufas G. 2018. Omnivore-herbivore interactions: thrips and whiteflies compete via the shared host plant. Scientific Reports 8: 3996. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-22353-2.
    3. Pappas M.L., Broekgaarden C., Broufas G., Kant M.R., Messelink G., Steppuhn A., Wäckers F., van Dam N.M. 2017. The double-edged sword of induced plant defences in biological control. Pest Management Science, 73 (9): 1780-1788. doi: 10.1002/ps.4587
    4. Pappas M.L., Steppuhn A., Geuss D., Topalidou N., Zografou A., Sabelis M.W., Broufas G. 2015. Beyond predation: the zoophytophagous predator Macrolophus pygmaeus induces tomato resistance against spider mites, PLoS ONE 10 (5): e0127251.
    5. Samaras K., Pappas M.L., Fytas E., Broufas G. 2015. Pollen suitability for the development and reproduction of Amblydromalus limonicus (Acari: Phytoseiidae), BioControl 60(6): 773‐782.