Faculty Staff / Section of Plant Biology

Associate Professor of Plant Physiology

Office location: 1st floor

Email: petropo@upatras.gr

Telephone: +30 2610 969223, +30 2610 997496 (Lab)


  • BSc, Department of Biology, University of Patras (1986)
  • PhD, Department of Biology, University of Patras (1993)

Educational activities

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Plant Physiology
  • Plant Ecophysiology
  • Photosynthesis

Postgraduate Courses:

  • Impact of environmental stresses on Mediterranean plants
  • Topics in Applied Plant Physiology and Biotechnology

Research and other activities

  • Plant Physiology and Ecophysiology, with emphasis on photosynthesis of Mediterranean plants
  • Μechanisms of photosynthesis and correlation with environmental and developmental factors
  • Leaf photoprotective and antioxidant potential under Mediterranean stress conditions
  • Physiological and biochemical adaptations of photosynthesis in anthocyanic tissues
  • Physiological role and particular characteristics of non-foliar photosynthesis.
  • Effects of UV-B radiation on native Mediterranean plants

Representative Publications

  • Petropoulou Y., Georgiou O., Psaras G.K., Manetas Y. (2001). Improved flower advertisement, pollinator rewards and seed yield by enhanced UV-B radiation in the Mediterranean annual Malcolmia maritima. New Phytologist, 152: 85-90. DOI: 10.1046/j.0028-646X.2001.00241.x
  • Manetas Y., Petropoulou Y., Psaras G.K., Drinia A. (2003). Exposed red (anthocyanic) leaves of Quercus coccifera display shade characteristics. Functional Plant Biology, 30: 265-270. DOI: 10.1071/FP02226
  • Kotakis Ch., Petropoulou Y., Stamatakis K., Yiotis C., Manetas Y. (2006). Evidence for active cyclic electron flow in twig chlorenchyma in the presence of an extremely deficient linear electron transport activity. Planta, 225: 245-253. DOI: 10.1007/s00425-006-0327-8
  • Konoplyova A., Petropoulou Y., Yiotis C., Psaras G.K., Manetas Y. (2008). The fine structure and photosynthetic cost of structural leaf variegation. Flora-Morphology, Distribution, Functional Ecology of Plants 203: 653-662. DOI: 10.1016/j.flora.2007.10.007.
  • Zeliou K., Manetas Y., Petropoulou Y. (2009). Transient winter leaf reddening in Cistus creticus characterizes weak (stress-sensitive) individuals, yet anthocyanins cannot alleviate the adverse effects on photosynthesis. Journal of Experimental Botany 60: 3031-3042. DOI:10.1093/jxb/erp131.
  • Kyzeridou A., Stamatakis K., Petropoulou Y. (2015). The non-foliar hypoxic photosynthetic syndrome: evidence for enhanced pools and functionality of xanthophyll cycle components and active cyclic electron flow in fruit chlorenchyma. Planta 241(5): 1051-1059. DOI: 10.1007/s00425-014-2234-8.
  • Iasonos A., Kyzeridou A.; Y., Petropoulou Y. (2019). Comparison of the photosynthetic traits between red and green leaves of Cercis siliquastrum: physiological differences during their development. Bot. Chron. 22: 345-354.
  • Zeliou K., Kyzeridou A., Petropoulou Y. (2021). Exposed red leaves display adaptive adjustments in chlorophyll and photosystem ratios, compatible to the shade imposed by anthocyanin accumulation. Photosynthetica, in press.