Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania

The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICH) is the 4th constituent institute of CIHEAM, the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies, an Intergovernmental Organization of European interest. MAICH is a multinational, multicultural Institution with state-of-the-art research facilities providing post-graduate specialized education at the Master of Science level, high-quality research and a platform for regional cooperation in the Mediterranean basin. The MSc programmes focus on Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology, Food Quality and Chemistry of Natural Products, Sustainable Agriculture, Business Economics and Management, Geoinformation in Environmental Management. The Department of Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology conducts research on the biosynthesis of cell wall hydroxyproline-rich glycoproteins including prolyl 4 hydroxylases, Arabinogalactan proteins and their involvement in tomato fruit ripening, abscission as well as in plant genetic resources exploitation and abiotic stress tolerance such as waterlogging and salinity. Moreover, phenomics efforts on varietal identification based on fruits, seeds and other plant organs. 


The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICH) leads WP6 (Communication, dissemination, exploitation and training) and will also participate in WP4  (Plant genetic resources evaluation and valorization). MAICH will organize at its premises two training schools in the frame of the international workshops, each lasting 2 days, targeted at managers of small genebanks, in situ collections and seed conservation networks, public and private sector breeders, and other relevant stakeholders. MAICH will also coordinate the Dissemination and Exploitation Committee with the task of screening project dissemination activities for possible IP and revising the Plan for Dissemination and Exploitation, including communication activities together with ECPGR and Euroseeds. MAICH will participate in the evaluation and valorization of genetic resources in efforts related to seed phenotyping and abiotic stress responses with state-of-the-art equipment and also represents Greece in the plant phenotyping EMPHASIS RI.

Main Contacts

Panagiotis Kalaitzis
Kostas Blazakis
Lisa Radinovsky
Maria Sampathianaki