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Ioannis Minas


Assistant Professor

A/Z E427




 Research Interests:

  • Production and management efficiency in orchard systems
  • Orchard and environmental factors affecting harvest quality and post-harvest physiology with emphasis in peaches, sweet cherries, and apples
  • Rootstocks and cultivars
  • Novel technologies to improve general orchard performance and tree fruit harvest and post-harvest quality

Courses I Teach

HORT 453 Principles of Fruit Crop Management


Extension & Outreach

Western Colorado Research Center


Ph.D. 2014 in Pomology and Postharvest Physiology
School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
Thesis: Effect of ozone, ethylene and 1-methylcyclopropene on kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa cv. ‘Hayward’) postharvest performance

M.Sc. 2010 in Sustainable Agriculture Development with specialization in Fruit crops
School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

B. Sc. 2007 in Agricultural Sciences with specialization in Plant Protection
School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Professional Experience:

2015- present Assistant Professor of Pomology, Dept. Horticulture and Landscape Architecture located at Western Colorado Research Center – Orchard Mesa Agricultural Experiment Station, Colorado State University.

2014-2015 Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Orchard and environmental factors affecting developmental, maturation and ripening physiology on-tree as well on postharvest physiology and technology of tree-fruits).

2012-14 Research Associate- PhD candidate, School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Physiological and molecular analysis of kiwifruit ripening biology).

2012 Research Associate, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus (Studies on softening and cell wall metabolism analysis during tree-fruit ripening).

2010-2011 Junior Specialist, Department of Plant Science, University of California, Davis, CA, USA (Orchard factors affecting the on- and off-tree ripening physiology of fruit, novel postharvest technologies and extension activities).

Selected Publications:

Minas IS, Karaoglanidis GS, Manganaris GA, Vasilakakis M. Effect of ozone application during cold storage of kiwifruit on the development of stem-end rot caused by Botrytis cinerea. Postharvest Biology & Technology 2010, 53, 203-210.

Konstantinou S, Karaoglanidis GS, Bardas GA, Minas IS, Doukas E, Markoglou AN. Postharvest fruit rots of apple caused by fungal pathogens in Greece: Pathogen incidence and relationships between fruit quality parameters, cultivar susceptibility and patulin production. Plant Disease 2011, 95, 666-672.

Minas IS, Tanou G, Belghazi M, Job D, Manganaris GA, Molassiotis A, Vasilakakis M. Physiological and proteomic approaches to address the active role of ozone in kiwifruit postharvest ripening. Journal Experimental Botany 2012, 63, 2449-2464.

Cantín CM, Minas IS, Goulas V, Jiménez M, Manganaris GA, Michailides TJ, Crisosto CH. Sulfur dioxide alone or in combination with CO2-enriched atmosphere extends the market life of highbush blueberry fruit. Postharvest Biology & Technology 2012, 67, 84-91.

Minas IS, Crisosto GM, Holcroft, D, Vasilakakis M, Crisosto CH. Postharvest handling of plums (Prunus salicina Lindl.) at 10oC to save energy and preserve fruit quality using an innovative application system of 1-MCP. Postharvest Biology & Technology 2013, 76, 1-9.

Vicente AR, Manganaris GA, Minas IS, Goulas V, Lafuente MT. Cell wall modifications and ethylene-induced tolerance to non-chilling peel pitting in citrus fruit. Plant Science 2013, 210, 46-52.

Minas IS, Crisosto GM, Day KR, Crisosto CH. Developing a new 1-MCP postharvest application to save energy during postharvest handling for plums (Prunus salicina Lindl.). Acta Horticulturae 2013, 985, 257-259.

Goulas V, Minas IS, Kourdoulas, PM, Vicente AR, Manganaris GA, 2014. Phytochemical content, antioxidants and cell wall metabolism of two loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) cultivars under different storage regimes. Food chemistry 155, 227-234.

Minas IS, Vicente AR, Dhanapal AP, Manganaris GA, Goulas V, Vasilakakis M, Crisosto CH, Molassiotis A, 2014. Ozone-induced kiwifruit ripening delay is mediated by ethylene biosynthesis inhibition and cell wall dismantling regulation. Plant Science 229, 76-85.

Minas IS, Font i Forcada C, Dangl GS, Gradziel TM, Dandekar AM, Crisosto CH, 2015. Discovery of non-climacteric and suppressed climacteric bud sport mutations originating from a climacteric plum cultivar (Prunus salicina Lindl.). Frontiers in Plant Science 6, 316.

Tanou G, Minas IS, Karagiannis E, Daniela Tsikou, Stéphane Audebert, Papadopoulou K, Molassiotis A, 2015. The impact of sodium nitroprusside and ozone in kiwifruit ripening physiology: a combined gene and protein expression profiling approach. Annals of Botany 116, 649-662.

Goulas V, Minas IS, Kourdoulas PK, Lazaridou A, Molassiotis A, Gerothanassis IP, Manganaris GA, 2015. 1H NMR metabolic fingerprinting to probe temporal postharvest changes on qualitative attributes and phytochemical profile of sweet cherry fruit. Frontiers in Plant Science 6, 959.

Minas IS, Tanou G, Karagiannis E, Belghazi M, Molassiotis A. 2016. Coupling of physiological and proteomic analysis to understand the ethylene- and chilling-induced kiwifruit ripening syndrome. Accepted for publication in Frontiers in Plant Science.

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Affiliation and Services

  • Geotechnical Chamber of Greece
  • Greek Society for Horticultural Sciences
  • International Society for Horticultural Sciences
  • Review editor in Frontiers in Plant Science (Section: Crop Science and Horticulture)
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