Dr Antonios Avgoustinos
HELLENIC AGRICULTURAL ORGANISATION – DEMETER
INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL AND FORAGE CROPS
DEPARTMENT OF PLANT PROTECTION PATRAS
N.E.O. and L. Amerikis, PO 5099, 26442 Patras, Greece
Dr Antonios Avgoustinos is a geneticist - entomologist, Researcher at the Department of Plant Protection Patras (IIFC, ELGO-DEMETER). He has experience in genetic, molecular, and symbiotic analysis of insects of agricultural and medical importance. During the previous years he had been a Consultant and Professional Stuff in the Insect Pest Control Laboratory (IPCL) of the FAO/IAEA Joint Programme, with research related to the development, evaluation, and improvement of genetic sexing strains (GSS) for sterile insect technique (SIT) applications. He has been collaborating with IAEA through different CRP projects on the genetic aspects of SIT and similar techniques. He is currently collaborating with IAEA as Chief Scientific Investigator of a CRP focusing on Generic approach for the development of genetic sexing strains for SIT applications.
Five recent and relevant publications
Augustinos, A. A., Meki, I. K., Demirbas-Uzel, G., Ouédraogo, G. M. S., Saridaki, A., Tsiamis, G., et al. (2018). Nuclear and Wolbachia-based multimarker approach for the rapid and accurate identification of tsetse species 06 Biological Sciences 0604 Genetics. BMC Microbiology 18. doi:10.1186/s12866-018-1295-4.
Augustinos, A. A., Targovska, A., Cancio-Martinez, E., Schorn, E., Franz, G., Cáceres, C., et al. (2017). Ceratitis capitata genetic sexing strains: laboratory evaluation of strains from mass-rearing facilities worldwide. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 164, 305–317. doi:10.1111/eea.12612.
Kyritsis, G. A., Augustinos, A. A., Cáceres, C., and Bourtzis, K. (2017). Medfly gut microbiota and enhancement of the sterile insect technique: Similarities and differences of Klebsiella oxytoca and Enterobacter sp. AA26 probiotics during the larval and adult stages of the VIENNA 8D53+genetic sexing strain. Frontiers in Microbiology 8. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2017.02064.
Schutze, M. K., Aketarawong, N., Amornsak, W., Armstrong, K. F., Augustinos, A. A., Barr, N., et al. (2015). Synonymization of key pest species within the Bactrocera dorsalis species complex (Diptera: Tephritidae): Taxonomic changes based on a review of 20 years of integrative morphological, molecular, cytogenetic, behavioural and chemoecological data. Systematic Entomology 40, 456–471. doi:10.1111/syen.12113.
Zacharopoulou, A., Augustinos, A. A., Drosopoulou, E., Tsoumani, K. T., Gariou-Papalexiou, A., Franz, G., et al. (2017). A review of more than 30 years of cytogenetic studies of Tephritidae in support of sterile insect technique and global trade. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 164, 204–225. doi:10.1111/eea.12616.