We are part of the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science (ABF) at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), based in Lemesos, Cyprus. The Fruit Sciences/Postharvest Group was established by Dr. George Manganaris upon his recruitment at CUT in January 2009. Thanks to the synergies and support by post-doctoral research associate Dr. Vlasios Goulas (currently academic staff of the Department) the Group managed to set up and routinely run an array of assays related to qualitative, physicochemical and biochemical properties of fresh produce. In addition, taking advantage of the state-of-the-art core facilities of the Department, we have additionally employed high throughput analytical and molecular approaches, jointly with other Faculty members.
Our group has extensive research experience in issues related to postharvest physiology and technology of fresh produce, with special reference to fruit crops. Particular attention is given in the elucidation of fruit ripening at molecular level with emphasis in the development of physiological disorders and their responsiveness to chilling temperatures.
The scope of the current website is to increase visibility of our work with the aim to improve multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary synergies with other well-established Research groups. Already, active collaboration exists with University of California at Davis, University of Padova, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, NMR Center at University of Ioannina and Mediterranean Agronomic Institute at Chania.
The current website includes details about group members, external partners, research projects and other synergies. Furthermore, details about publications, facilities, established protocols, conferences and seminars supported by our group can be retrieved.