Dr Eleftheria Stavridou

Dr Eleftheria Stavridou
Senior specialist in plant nutrition
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Research interests

The aim of my research is to understand the nutritional requirements of both annual and perennial production systems and develop “best” management strategies that improve nutrient use efficiency in economically important crops while maintaining and/or improving existing yields and quality. I am also interest to manipulate nutrient supply to enhance secondary plant compounds on fruit and vegetables. To achieve this I study the influence of nutrient availability on phytonutrient biosynthesis, using physiological and molecular biological tools.

Research projects

SASSA-SAI: Improving production efficiency of African Eggplant (Solanum aethiopicum) for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa

Duration: Jul 2018-Jun 2021
Partners: NIAB (Lead), World Agroforestry Centre, Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute- Mikocheni, World Vegetable Center, Uganda Christian University
Funding: BBSRC (BB/R020655/1)

VisionDSS: a low cost portable imaging solution to improve quality, increase productivity and reduce storage losses of premium apple varieties

Duration: Mar 2018-Feb 2021
Partners: Worldwide Fruit Ltd (lead), NIAB, Intelligent Fruit Vision Limited, T & G Group Limited, Fruition Po Limited
Funding: Innovate UK (103842)

Developing resource-use efficient strawberries for substrate production

Duration: Apr 2015-Mar 2019
Partners: East Malling Services Ltd (Lead), Agrovista UK Limited, CPM (Retail) Limited, Botanicoir Limited, Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd, NIAB
Funding: Innovate UK (101914)

FERTINNOWA: Transfer of INNOvative techniques for sustainable WAter use in FERtigated crops

Duration: Jan 2016-Dec 2018
Partners: Proefstation Voor De Groenteteelt(lead), NIAB, Association Provencale De Recherche Et D'experimentation Legumiere, Centro Di Sperimentazione Ed Assistenza Agricola, Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO, Stichting Proeftuin Zwaagdijk, Instituto Andaluz de Investigaciony Formacion Agraria Pesquera Alimentaria y de la Produccion Ecologica, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.V., Centrum Doradztwa Rolniczego W Brwinowie, Instytut Ogrodnictwa, Universidad de Almeria, The Agriculture And Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Fundacion Cajamar, Centro de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnologicas de Extremadura, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias, Instituto Navarro de Tecnologias e Infraestructuras Agroalimentarias SA, PRIVA BV, Comite d’Action Technique et Economique, Kmetijsko Gozdarska Zbornika Slovenije Kmetijsko Gozdarski Zavod Maribor, Provinciaal Proefcentrum Voor de Groenteteelt Oost-Vlaanderen VZW, Proefcentrum Hoogstraten, Optima Agrik Pty Ltd, Stichting Wageningen Research
Funding: Horizon 2020 (689687)

Recent publications

Kristensen, H. L., & Stavridou, E. (2017). Deep root growth and nitrogen uptake by rocket (Diplotaxis tenuifolia L.) as affected by nitrogen fertilizer, plant density and leaf harvesting on a coarse sandy soil. Soil Use and Management, 33(1), 62-71.

Stavridou E., Kristensen H., Krumbein A., Schreiner M., Thorup-Kristensen K. (2012) The effect of differential N and S competition in inter- and sole cropping of Brassica species and lettuce on glucosinolate concentration. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 60:6268–6278.

Stavridou E., Young S., Thorup-Kristensen K. (2012) The effect of catch crop species on selenium availability for succeeding crops. Plant and Soil 351:149-160. 

Stavridou E., Thorup-Kristensen K., Young S.D. (2011) Assessment of selenium mineralization and availability from catch crops. Soil Use and Management 27:305-311.

Stavridou  E., Broadley M. R., Thorup-Kristensen  K., Young  S. D. (2009) Net mineralization rate of selenium from plant material and inorganic salts. In: Banuelos , Gary S.; Lin, Zhiqing and Yin, Xuebin (Eds.) Selenium deficiency toxicity and biofortification for human health, University of Science and Technology of China Press, China, pp. 44-45.

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