Using a hypoxia workstation to select species that will produce more forage


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07:30 - UTC

Local time: 10.30 a.m. - 11.15 a.m. (Athens time)

Preliminary work on growth of forage species from high and low altitudes & their response to hypoxia

Date and time
28th September 2023, from 9.30am to 10.15 am (CET)


Presentation available here

Executive summary English

At the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh) in Crete, Greece, a hypoxia workstation is being used as part of the LIVINGAGRO project in an innovative way: the hypoxylab system allows us to determine how plants respond to low oxygen and then select species that might exhibit higher growth rates and eventually produce more forage. Based on the concept that plants adapted to a high altitude are likely to grow faster under normoxic oxygen concentrations, experiments were performed using the hypoxylab system. The objective is to identify species which produce more forage for grazing animals in Lebanon and Jordan through a combination of germplasm testing and selection.


Brief introduction to the LIVINGAGRO project
The workshop will focus on

  1. How the hypoxia workstation operates
  2. The science behind the effect of oxygen
  3. Results of experiments to date
  4. The potential significance of this service

Q&A, Open discussion between speaker and participants


After earning a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Maryland – College Park, USA and working at the US Department of Agriculture, Panagiotis Kalaitzis founded the Department of Horticultural Genetics and Biotechnology at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (CIHEAM – MAICh). Continuing as the department’s Director of Research and Studies since then, Dr. Kalaitzis has participated in numerous European and nationally funded scientific projects, coordinating several of them and overseeing MAICh’s work with LIVINGAGRO. He is also the director of the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory at MAICh, where his research includes DNA-based olive oil authentication to certify olive variety, and the characterization of olive genetic resources to determine the varieties that are most resilient in the face of climate change.

Contact and organization

Lisa Radinovsky; Panagiotis Kalaitzis

Project Contacts
Fo.Re.S.T.A.S. (LIVINGAGRO Leading Partner). Viale Luigi Merello, 86 • 09123 Cagliari, Italy. Tel. +39 070 279 91 •
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