• 'Under a cherry tree, all burdens of life fly away'
    Mehmet Murat Ildan

  • ‘The cherry blossom tree is truly a sight to behold, especially when it is in full riotous bloom. There are several varieties of the cherry blossom tree, and while most of them produce flowering branches full of small pinkish-hued flowers, some of them produce actual cherries’
    Homaro Cantu

  • ‘The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet’

About us

A combined -omics and bioinformatics approach to generate the atlas of Greek-oriented sweet cherry genetic resources.


SweetBiOmics aims to create and integrate cutting edge genomic, epigenetic, transcriptomic, proteomic, metabolomic and phenotypic data with advanced statistical and bioinformatics approaches focused on the analysis of the entire Greek sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) germplasm collection.

SweetBiOmics will include a significant outreach and extension component to communicate its progress and results. The outreach plan is focused on developing materials and programming for three audiences: (a) cherry growers and processors who bring cherry products to consumers, (b) cherry breeders and geneticists, and (c) the general consuming public.

Latest News

  • The genome sequence of sweet cherry (Prunus avium)…

    Shirasawa et. al. determined the genome sequence of sweet cherry (Prunus avium) using next-generation sequencing technology. The total length of the assembled sequences was 272.4 Mb, consisting of 10,148 scaffold sequences with an N50 length of 219.6 kb. The sequences covered 77.8% of the 352.9 Mb…

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  • Genome Re-Sequencing of Diverse Sweet Cherry (Prunus…

    The S-RNase-based gametophytic self-incompatibility (GSI) reproduction barrier is important for maintaining genetic diversity in species of the families Solanaceae, Plantaginaceae and Rosaceae. Among the plant taxa with S-RNase-based GSI, Prunus species in the family Rosaceae exhibit Prunus-specific…

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  • Prunus genetics and applications after de novo genome…

    Prior to the availability of whole-genome sequences, our understanding of the structural and functional aspects of Prunus tree genomes was limited mostly to molecular genetic mapping of important traits and development of EST resources. With public release…

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    Aliki Xanthopoulou

    Dr. Aliki Xanthopoulou (AX-Female) (PI; Coordinator-female), agriculture, gained her PhD that focused on fruit morphology studies of Cucurbita pepo.
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    Maria Manioudaki

    Dr. Maria Manioudaki (MM- female; co-applicant), bioinformatics, gained her PhD in the study of transcriptional regulatory networks shaped during stress perturbations providing a predictive model for transcription factor-gene interactions.
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    Evangellos Karagiannis

    Evangellos Karagiannis (EK-Male) is a PhD candidate at Laboratory of Pomology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
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    Michail Michailidis

    Michail Michailidis (MiM-Male) is a Ph.D. Student of Pomology in the Faculty of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece (AUTH).
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    Anna-Maria Farsakoglou

    Anna-Maria Farsakoglou (AMF-Female) is a Ph.D. candidate at the laboratory of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH).
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    Eirini Bosmali

    Eirini Bosmali (EB-Female) is a Ph.D. candidate at the laboratory of Food Science at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH).
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    Athanassios Molassiotis

    Dr. Athanassios Molassiotis (AM-Male) is Associate Professor of Pomology in the Faculty of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece (AUTH).
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    Ioannis Ganopoulos

    Dr. Ioannis Ganopoulos (IG-Male) is researcher of Institute of Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources- Hellenic Agricultural Organization Demeter and has a scientific background on plants biotechnology on genetics and genomics
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    Panagiotis Madesis

    Dr. Panagiotis Madesis (PM-Male) is principle investigator in Institute of Applied Biosciences (CERTH) with scientific topic on the applications of modern genetics, genomics, proteomics and metabolic technology
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    Filippos (Phil) A. Aravanopoulos

    Dr. Filippos (Phil) A. Aravanopoulos (FA-Male) http://users.auth.gr/~aravanop/, Professor of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding will be the FGL-AUTH Local Scientific Responsible Project Coordinator
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    Irini Nianiou-Obeidat

    Dr. Irini Nianiou-Obeidat (INO-Female) is Associate Professor in Laboratory of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Faculty of Agriculture, School of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece (AUTH).
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    Evangelia Avramidou

    Dr. Evangelia Avramidou (EA-Female) is a researcher of Hellenic Agricultural Organization Demeter interested in plant biodiversity, plant molecular population genetics and epigenetics.
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    Georgia Tanou

    Dr. Georgia Tanou (GT-Female) has selected as researcher in the field of Fruit Science for NAGREF (National Agricultural Foundation of Greece).
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    Eirini Sarrou

    Dr. Eirini Sarrou (ES-Female) is researcher of Institute of Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources- Hellenic Agricultural Organization Demeter.
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    Sotirios Tsaftaris

    Dr. Sotirios Tsaftaris (ST-Male) is currently holding a Chancellor's Fellow (at a Senior Lecturer level) position at the University of Edinburgh.
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    Stefan Martens

    Dr. Stefan Martens (SM-Male) is principle investigator and group leader of Biotechnology of Natural Products Group
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    Athanasios Tsaftaris

    Emeritus Prof. Athanasios Tsaftaris (AT-Male) born in Drama city, studied in Thessaloniki and North Carolina
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    Kazantzis Konstantinos

    Mr. Kazantzis Konstantinos (KK-Male) is an agriculturist of Technological Education (pomologist), has graduated from the Technological Education Institution of Larissa and is an educational trainer of adults.
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    Christos Kissoudis

    Dr. Christos Kissoudis (CK-Male) holds a BSc and an MSc, with a specialization in Plant Genetics and Breeding, from Aristotle University. He obtained his PhD from Wageningen University (NL)
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