Foteini Paschalidou

Foteini Paschalidou

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Foteini Paschalidou
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Keywords: chemical ecology, plant insect interactions, biocontrol, cropping systems

My research focuses on the ecology and evolution of multitrophic plant-insect interactions, with respect their application to agricultural practices against insect pests and their effects on natural insect communities. I integrate behavioural, chemical, and molecular approaches, to answer ecological questions related with the behaviour of insect herbivores, their natural enemies, and pollinators, in response to plant mediated cues in the lab and the field.

I study how environmental cues (i.e. herbivore eggs, plant induced volatiles, and chemical compounds) shape the behavior and physiology of interacting plants and insects, and their consequences for host selection and host specialization in herbivores, pollinators and their natural enemies. 

Currently, I am working as a Junior Researcher at Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA, France), at Versailles-Gringon with major goal to integrate biological control on current cropping systems.  I aim to increase the quality and novelty of my research by developing plant protection strategies based on biological regulations, and not only on the introduction of living organisms such as predators or natural enemies. This systemic approach to biocontrol requires to better understand the interactions between the biocontrol agents (ie. micro-macrorganisms, products) and the properties of the entire agroecosystem.


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Profesional carreer

02/2019 - present: Junior Researcher, INRA Versailles-Grignon, FR. Project: Plant-insect interactions and integration of bio-control in different agroecosystems. 

05/2015 - 02/2018: Postdoc, ETH Zurich, CH. Project: Plant mediated cues in multitrophic interactions.

02/2011 - 09/2015: PhD Entomology, Wageningen UR, NL. Project: Effects of insect herbivore egg deposition on interactions of plants with their insect community: a multitrophic approach

09/2008 - 02/2011: Research assistant, Wageningen UR, NL. Project: Memory consolidation of parasitic wasps and evolutionary importance regarding host location and suitability

09/2006 - 09/2008: MSc Organic Agriculture, Wageningen UR, NL

09/2000 – 07/2004: BSc Organic Farming, Argostoli, GR

See also


1. F. G. Pashalidou, E. Frago, E. Griese, E. Poelman, J. J. A. van Loon, M. Dicke & N. E. Fatouros (2015). Early herbivore alert matters: plant-mediated effects of egg deposition on higher trophic levels benefit plant fitness. Ecology Letters, 18, 927-936

2. F. G. Pashalidou, D. Lucas-Barbosa, J. J. A. van Loon, M. Dicke & N. E. Fatouros (2013) Phenotypic plasticity of plant response to herbivore eggs: effects on resistance to caterpillars and plant development. Ecology, 94, 702-713

3. F. G. Pashalidou, R. Gols, B. W. Berkhout, B. T. Weldegergis, J. J.A. van Loon, M. Dike & N. E. Fatouros (2014). To be in time: egg deposition enhances plant-mediated detection of young caterpillars by parasitoids. Oecologia, 177, 477-486

4. M. E. Huigens, F. G. Pashalidou, M. Qian, T. Bukovinszky, H. M. Smid, J. J. A. van Loon, M. Dicke & N. E. Fatouros (2009). Hitch-hiking parasitic wasp learns to exploit butterfly antiaphrodisiac. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, 106, 820-825

5. F. G. Pashalidou, N. E. Fatouros, J. J. A. van Loon, M. Dicke & R. Gols (2015). Plant-mediated effects of butterfly egg deposition on subsequent caterpillar and larval development across different species of wild Brassicaceae. Ecological Entomology, 40, 444-45                                                                

6. J. Buckley, F.G. Pashalidou, M. Fischer, A. Widmer, M. Mescher, & C. De Moraes (2019). Divergence in glucosinolate profiles between high-and low-elevation populations of Arabidopsis halleri correspond to variation in field herbivory and herbivore behavioral preferences. International journal of molecular sciences, 20(1), 174

7. F. G. Pashalidou, M. E. Huigens, M. Dicke & N. E. Fatouros (2010). The use of oviposition-induced plant cues by Trichogramma egg parasitoids. Ecological Entomology, 35, 748-753

8. J. A. Harvey, F. G. Pashalidou, R. Soler & T. M. Bezemer (2010). Intrinsic competition between two secondary hyperparasitoids results in temporal trophic switch. Oikos, 120, 226-233

9. M. Kruidhof, F. G Pashalidou, N. E. Fatouros, I. A. Figueroa, L. E. M. Vet, H. M. Smid & M. E. Huigens (2012). Reward value determines memory consolidation in parasitic wasps. PloS ONE 7 (8), e39615

10. N. E. Fatouros, F. G. Pashalidou, W. V. Aponte Cordero, J. J. A. van Loon, R. Mumm, M. Dicke, M. Hilker & M. E. Huigens (2009). Anti-aphrodisiac compounds of male butterflies increase the risk of egg parasitoid attack by inducing plant synomone production. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 35, 1373–1381

11. M. E. Huigens, J. B. Woelke, F. G. Pashalidou, T. Bukovinszky, H. M. Smid & N. E. Fatouros (2010). Chemical espionage on species-specific butterfly anti-aphrodisiacs by hitchhiking Trichogramma wasps. Behavioral Ecology, 21, 470-478

12. N. E. Fatouros, D. Lucas-Barbosa, B. T. Weldegergis, F.G Pashalidou, J. J. A. van Loon, M. Dicke, J. A. Harvey, R. Gols & M. E. Huigens (2012). Plant volatiles induced by herbivore egg deposition affect insects of different trophic levels. PLoS ONE 7 (8), e43607

Other relevant publications 

13.    F. G. Pashalidou (2015) Getting prepared for future attack: induction of plant defences by herbivore egg deposition and consequences for the insect community. PhD Thesis, ISBN 978-94-6257-412-0

14.    N. G. Kavallieratos, C. G. Athanassiou, M. P. Michalaki, Y. A. Batta, H. A. Rigatos, F. G. Pashalidou, G. N. Balotis, Z. Tomanović & B. J. Vayias (2006). Effect of the combined use of Metarhizium anisopliae (Metschinkoff) Sorokin and diatomaceous earth for the control of three stored product beetle species. Crop protection, 25, 1087-1094

15.    N. G. Kavallieratos, C. G. Athanassiou, F. G. Pashalidou, N. S. Andris and Ž. Tomanović (2005). Influence of grain type on the insecticidal efficacy of two diatomaceous earth formulations against Rhyzopertha dominica (F.) (Coleoptera: Bostrychidae). Pest Management Science, 61, 660-666.

Modification date : 31 October 2023 | Publication date : 08 April 2019 | Redactor : UMR Agronomie