Agricultural entomology – Crop protection – Biological control

Dr Maria L. PAPPAS

ORCID:  0000-0003-4563-3023

Assistant professor – Greece

Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry

Department of Agricultural Development – Democritus University of Thrace


Pantazidou 193,

68200 Orestiada



I am an entomologist/acarologist at Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) specialized in agricultural entomology, crop protection and biological control. My main research interests are in ecology of arthropods (herbivorous pests and biocontrol agents), plant-herbivore and predator-prey interactions.

As a member of the Laboratory of Agricultural Entomology & Zoology at DUTH, my current work is focused on biological pest control and tritrophic interactions between arthropods, plants and microbes.

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The courses I teach at Democritus University of Thrace are:

  • General Agricultural Entomology and Zoology
  • Insect-Plant Interactions
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Acarology – Nematology
  • Pests of Field Crops and Vegetables

Selected publications

  1. Pappas M.L., Liapoura M., Papantoniou D., Avramidou M., Kavroulakis N., Weinhold A., Broufas G.D., Papadopoulou K.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: 1603.
  2. Pappas, M.L., Tavlaki, G., Triantafyllou, A., Broufas, G.D., 2018. Omnivore-herbivore interactions: thrips and whiteflies compete via the shared host plant. Scientific Reports 8(1): 3996.
  3. Pappas M.L., Broekgaarden C., Broufas G.D., 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.
  4. Pappas M.L., Steppuhn A., Geuss D., Topalidou N., Zografou A., Sabelis M.W., Broufas G.D. 2015. Beyond predation: the zoophytophagous predator Macrolophus pygmaeus induces tomato resistance against spider mites, PLoS ONE 10 (5): e0127251
  5. Alba J.M.., Schimmel B.C.J, Glas J.J., Ataide L.M.S., Pappas M.L., Villarroel C.A., Schuurink R.C., Sabelis M.W.,Kant M.R. , 2015. Spider mites suppress tomato defenses downstream of jasmonate and salicylate independently from hormonal crosstalk. New Phytologist 205(2): 828-840.