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Eleni Pliakoni

Pliakoni, EleniAssistant Professor
K-State Olathe
22201 W. Innovation Dr.
Olathe, KS 66061

913-307-7370
epliakoni@ksu.edu

Area(s) of Specialization:
Urban Food Production & Postharvest Handling

 

 

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Bio Brief

Eleni comes to K-State Olathe from the University of Florida were she has been a postdoctoral research assistant in the department of Horticultural science, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences. She was working there in the filed of postharvest handling by studying different ways of extending the shelf life of fruits and vegetables based on changes in sensorial and nutritional quality factors. More specifically her research is focused on determining the best controlled atmosphere (CA) for broccoli, lettuce and tomato, as well as modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) film requirements for each crop. Additionally, she is using 1-MCP, ethylene action inhibitor, and ethylene scrubbers in order to extend the postharvest life of the commodities. Eleni is also focused in postharvest physiology area therefore she is analyzing the influence of different temperatures and different MAP on the aroma compounds of vine-ripe tomato by GC-MS.

In the past she participated in an International student exchange program (ATLANTIS), visiting the Horticultural Sciences Department of Texas A&M University. After completing all the requirements she received the International Certificate on Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops (ICPT). She has also worked at the CSIC Research Center in Murcia, using chromatography for the analysis of phenol constituent in fruit samples.

Education

B.S. Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2001
M.S. Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2001
M.S. Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Crete, Greece, 2003
Ph.D. Agricultural Sciences, University of Thessaly, Greece, 2010

Publications

E.D. Pliakoni, D.J. Huber, S.A. Sargent, and J.K. Brecht. 2014. Physical and biochemical changes in broccoli that may assist in decision-making related to international marine transport in air or CA/MA. Acta Hort (in press).

A.I. Deltsidis, E.D. Pliakoni, E.A. Baldwin, J. Bai, A. Plotto and J.K. Brecht. 2014. Tomato flavor changes at chilling and non-chilling temperatures as influenced by controlled atmospheres. Acta Hort (in press).

 G.D. Nanos, E.D. Pliakoni, E.Kalorizou, and A. Vatsanidou, 2013. Leaf gas exchange and leaf characteristics differences between two almond cultivars. Fruit Growing Research Journal XXXIX: 84-89


E .D. Pliakoni, D.J. , Huber, S. A., Sargent and J. K., Brecht. 2013. Physical and biochemical changes in broccoli that may assist in decision-making related to international marine transport in air or CA/MA . Acta Hort (in press).


A.I., Deltsidis, E.D., Pliakoni, E.A., Baldwin J., Bai A., Plotto and J.K. Brecht 2013. Tomato flavor changes at chilling and non-chilling temperatures as influenced by controlled atmospheres. Acta Hort (in press).

E.D. Pliakoni, A. I. Deltsidis and J.K. Brecht, 2012. Does prior storage in air at optimum or higher temperature influence the potential benefit of controlled atmosphere for broccoli in simulated marine shipments? (presented at ASHS Annual Conference July 31-August 3, 2012, Miami, Florida, USA).

Teaching

Course #TitleSemesterDelivery Method
HORT 791Urban AgricultureFall 
HORT 790Sustainable AgricultureFall 
HORT 640/FDSCI 630Farm to Fork Produce SafetyFall