Georgios I. Zervakis

Agricultural University of Athens, Greece


Georgios I. Zervakis was born in Athens (Greece) in 1964. He completed his university studies at the Agricultural University of Athens (1988) and then conducted his Ph.D. degree (1988-1992) at the same Institution (Laboratory of General and Agricultural Microbiology) and at the University of Bordeaux, INRA (Laboratory of Molecular Genetics), France. After completing his military service, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Royal Society at The University of Manchester, UK, School of Biological Sciences (1994), and then as a Research Associate at the Agricultural University of Athens (1995). From 1996 to 2009, he worked as a Researcher at the National Agricultural Research Foundation of Greece, Institute of Kalamata, serving also as a Director of the Institute for over nine years (1997-2006). In March 2008, he was elected as an Assistant Professor in Agricultural Microbiology-Mycology at the Agricultural University of Athens, where he has been working since October 2009. His main current activities and research interests could be summarized as follows: ecology, systematics, molecular phylogeny, and speciation of mushroom fungi; biodiversity and conservation of macromycetes; biotechnology of microorganisms: mushroom breeding and cultivation, bioconversion/bioremediation of agroindustrial wastes, and biodegradation of lignocellulosic residues through the use of selected microorganisms (e.g., white-rot fungi); composting technologies; the effect of composts on plant growth and suppressiveness of soil-borne pathogens, among others. He has served as a member of several international/national evaluation committees for research proposals; he refereed submitted manuscripts for more than 30 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, and he serves as a member of the editorial board of four of them. He has published more than 120 papers in international scientific journals (52 in SCI journals), in proceedings of international congresses and as chapters in books.

Biography Updated on 12 September 2013

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