Staff profile

Christos  Gerofotis

Dr Christos Gerofotis


Lecturer in Agriculture


At Writtle I teach several modules related to sustainable agriculture and crop production, food security, global and local food systems, and integrated pest management. I am also involved in students’ research projects at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

I have worked for more than 10 years in research and education, working both in academia and private industry. I have conducted independent and collaborative research with institutions and research centres across the world. I have experience as an Experimental Director in a private testing facility, supervising and managing field and laboratory trials for international agrochemical companies. In the past I have frequently worked and collaborated with international organisations in various entomological and environmental projects.


BSc in Agriculture (5-year course)
MSc in Plant Protection (2-year course)
PhD in Entomology (University of Thessaly, Greece)

Subject Areas

My research interests span the fields of applied entomology, sustainable agriculture, insect pest management and “insect farming” as well. I am interested on improving insect control using modern and environmentally friendly methods exploiting the advances of technology. Invasion of new insect species, potential threats to UK agriculture and horticulture, biological control, efficacy trials and phytosanitary treatments for commodities are within my expertise and my research agenda. These are areas which I am happy to get involved and supervise students. Any other areas are not excluded.


My first research experience goes back to my master studies during which I tested “the implementation of a novel IPM program for small scale apple orchards in a pilot scale”. Since then, as a PhD student I was very lucky and had the opportunity to do research in a variety of research areas, most of them related to insects. I worked at the interface of several fields, using methods from animal behaviour, demography, molecular biology, and chemical ecology to explain questions related to the reproductive biology of olive fruit fly, ultimately aiming to provide new solutions to control this pest (Gerofotis et al. 2013, 2015, 2016). In addition to my PhD thesis, during this period I worked in other projects spanning in various research areas (pest management, efficacy trials, insects of medical importance) within the university and collaborating with international organisations and private companies as well. Once completing my PhD thesis, I worked as a postdoc in the Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment (AUTH, Greece). There, I continued my research on insects (Kouloussis, Gerofotis, et al. 2017, Gerofotis et al. 2019) and I was also involved in student supervision. At the same time, I served also as an Adjunct assistant professor, teaching courses in General Entomology and Applied Entomology. In addition to my research experience in academia, I have also experience working in the industry. In the beginning of 2019, I was offered the position of an Experimental Director in a certified private testing facility to supervise and manage field (GEP) and laboratory (GLP) trials (efficacy, residues and other environmental studies). In this position I was involved in several activities (experimental design, analyzing data, writing delegations to authorities and technical reports for clients, etc.).

Selected research projects I have participated:

  1. Addressing the Mediterranean fruit fly with an innovative and environment friendly attractant through an Integrated Pest management. (EU LIFE BIODELEAR-UTH-AUTH)
  2. Manipulation of diapause development for improving control of Eurytoma wasp species that infest almonds and pistachios. (International Atomic Energy Agency- AUTH)
  3. Symbiotic bacteria and biological characteristics of male mass reared adults of Ceratitis capitata. (International Atomic Energy Agency-AUTH)
  4. Evaluation of toxicity and attractiveness of chemical compounds on Mediterranean fruit fly. (Dow Agro Science-UTH)
  5. Control assessment of the sterile olive fly mass reared in Israel.  (International Atomic Energy Agency)
  6. Reproductive behavior of the olive fruit fly with emphasis on the sexual behavior (PhD thesis, University of Thessaly, Greece).


  1. Gerofotis C. D, Kouloussis N. A Damos P. ,Koukougianidou C, Papadopoulos N. T,Koveos D. S and Carey J (2019). Age, sex, adult and larval diet shape starvation resistance in the Mediterranean fruit fly; insights for ecologists and gerontologists. Scientific Reports 9, 10704.
  2. Kouloussis N. A., Gerofotis, C. D, Ioannou C. S, Iliadis I. V, Papadopoulos N. T and Koveos D. S (2017). Towards improving Sterile Insect Technique: exposure to orange oil compounds increases sexual signaling and longevity in Ceratitis capitata males of the Vienna 8 GSS.  PLoS ONE 12(11): e0188092
  3. Gerofotis, C. D., Ioannou, C. S., Nakas, C. T., & Papadopoulos, N. T. (2016). The odor of a plant metabolite affects life history traits in dietary restricted adult olive flies. Scientific Reports 6, 28540.
  4. Gerofotis, C. D., Yuval, B., Ioannou, C. S., Nakas, C. T., & Papadopoulos, N. T. (2015). Polygyny in the olive fly—effects on male and female fitness. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 69(8), 1323-1332.
  5. Gerofotis, C. D., Ioannou, C. S., & Papadopoulos, N. T. (2013). Aromatized to find mates: α-pinene aroma boosts the mating success of adult olive fruit flies. PloS one, 8(11), e81336.