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Last update: May 2021

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Laboratory of Virology

Scientific interest

The research activities in the Laboratory of Virology concern the following fields:
- Virus identification, characterization and detection (Plum pox virus, Potato Virus Y, Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus, Lettuce mosaic virus)
- Virus epidemiology (Plum pox virus, Potato Virus Y, Pepino mosaic virus, Cucumber mosaic virus)
- Virus control methods:
 * Application of genetic engineering methodology for the production of transgenic plants resistant to viruses. Study on defence mechanisms (model viruses: Tobacco rattle virus,  Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus).
 *Anti-viral chemical compounds-inducers of plant defence mechanisms (model viruses:  Cucumber mosaic virus, Tomato spotted wilt virus)
Other activities of the laboratory are:
 - Responsibility of surveys for plant pathogenic quarantine viruses in the country.
- Diagnosis of virus diseases in plants and recommendation of relevant control measures to growers.

Selected publications

  • Vassilakos, N., Bem, F.,Tzima, A., Barker, H., Reavy, B., Karanastasi, E., and Robinson, D.J., 2008. Resistance of transgenic tobacco plants incorporating the 57K read-through portion of the Tobacco rattle virus replicase gene against rub-inoculated and nematode-transmitted virus. Transgenic research (submitted, under revision).
  • Varveri, C., 2006. Biological, serological and molecular characterisation of Potato virus Y isolates in Greece. Annls of the Benaki Phytopathological Institute, 20, 67-81.
  •  Varveri, C., Zintzaras E., Dimou, D., Papapanagiotou, A., and Di Terlizzi, B., 2004. Monitoring and spatiotemporal analysis of PPV-M spread in two apricot orchards in Southern Greece. Annlsof the Benaki Phytopathological Institute, 20, 1-9.
  • Krause-Sakate, R., Le Gall, O., Fakhfakh, H., Peypelut, M., Marrakchi, M., Varveri, C., Pavan, M.A., Souche, S., Lot, H., Zerbini, F.M., and Candresse, T., 2002. Wide molecular and biological characterization of Lettuce mosaic virus reveals a distinct and widespread type of resistance-breaking isolates, LMV-Most. Phytopathology, 92, 5, 563-572.
  • Varveri, C., Vassilakos, N., and Bem, F., 2002. Characterization and detection of Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus in Greece. Phytoparasitica, 30, 5, 493-501.

Head of the team: Christina Varveri
Associated: Nikon Vassilakos
Benaki Phytopathological Institute
Laboratory of Virology, Department of Phytopathology
8, S. Delta str., 145 61 Kifissia, Athens, Greece
Tel.: +30 210 8180236, Fax: +30 210 8077506