M. Panitsa

M. Panitsa
University of Patras | UP · Department of Biology

PhD

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Introduction
My research interests: island biogeography; structure, dynamics, conservation and management of island ecosystems; habitat islands; biodiversity at plant species, plant communities and habitat types level; Aegean and Ionian islands' flora; diversity and taxonomy of plant species focusing among others on protected areas and species; Mediterranean ecosystems; conservation and monitoring of plant species and natural habitats
Additional affiliations
October 2016 - present
University of Patras, Greece
Position
  • Professor
January 2000 - July 2011
University of Ioannina
Position
  • Lecturer
January 1997 - July 2005
University of Patras
Position
  • Researcher

Publications

Publications (96)
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The Aegean archipelago, characterized as a natural laboratory for research concerning plant species diversity and phytogeography has a complex geological and paleogeographical history that varies among its phytogeographical areas. A different combination of factors of variable intensity and duration time drives patterns of its impressive plant spec...
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Conservation of biological and cultural diversity ensures human and environmental well-being. Cultural heritage sites have been recognized as a refuge for important plant species. The Peloponnese in Greece hosts especially diverse cultural heritage sites, and is characterized by high plant diversity and endemism, being one of the Mediterranean Basi...
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Citizen science can serve as a tool to address environmental and conservation issues. Ιn the framework of Erasmus+ project CS4ESD, this study focuses on promoting the importance of plants and plant species and communities’ diversity by using available web-based information because of Covid-19 limitations and concerning the case study of Olympus mou...
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The degree of completeness of large-scale floristic inventories is often difficult to judge. We compared prior vascular plant species inventories of the Mediterranean island of Limnos (North Aegean, Greece) with 231 recent records from 2016–2021. Together with the recent records, the known number of vascular plant species on the island is 960 nativ...
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Η καταπολέμηση των εχθρών μόνιμων καλλιεργειών και ιδιαίτερα εντόμων, γίνεται σήμερα με τη χρήση φυτοπροστατευτικών ουσιών που μπορεί να έχουν αρνητικές επιπτώσεις τόσο στην ποιότητα των παραγόμενων προϊόντων, όσο και στο περιβάλλον, τη βιοποικιλότητα και την υγεία των παραγωγών και καταναλωτών. Αναδύεται όμως ταυτόχρονα, μια τάση που προσανατολίζε...
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he ongoing climate change has already left its imprint on species distributions, with rare, endemic species being more threatened. These changes are more prominent in regional biodiversity hotspots, such as Greece, which is already facing the short term impacts of human induced climate change. Greek flora hosts numerous endemic medicinal and aromat...
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Phytodiversity of Limnos (North Aegean, Greece)-an update and evaluation. The present update to the flora of the island of Limnos in the North Aegean, based on our field studies in 2016 and 2018-2021, raises the currently known number of vascular plant species to 960 native taxa, 63 established neophytes and 27 species of as yet casual status, a t...
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Electronic supplement to: Bergmeier, E., Ristow, M., Krause, J., Meyer, S. & Panitsa, M.: Phytodiversity of Limnos (North Aegean, Greece)—an update and evaluation. — Fl. Medit. 31: 233-246. 2021.
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The management of agroecosystems affects biodiversity at all levels from genetic to food-web complexity. Low-input farming systems support higher levels of genetic, species and habitat diversity than high-input, industrial ones. In Greece, as in other Mediterranean countries, the role of traditional farming practices has been underlined in studies...
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COLE TCH, HILGER HH, PANITSA M (2021) ΕΜΒΡΥΟΦΥΤΑ – ΧΕΡΣΑIΑ ΦΥΤA, Σχέσεις και Χαρακτηριστικά • Υποθετικό δέντρο βασισμένο σε μοριακά φυλογενετικά δεδομένα (2021) • Μήκη κλάδων σκόπιμα, δεν αποτελούν έκφραση της πραγματικής κλίμακας του χρόνου • Oι αριθμοί των ειδών (με γκρίζο χρώμα) είναι κατά προσέγγιση
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COLE TCH, BACHELIER JB, HILGER HH, PANITSA M (2022) ΑΦΙΣΑ ΦΥΛΟΓΕΝΕΣΗΣ ΤΩΝ ΤΡΑΧΕΙΟΦΥΤΩΝ, Greek version of the Tracheophyte Phylogeny Poster, TPP • Υποθετικό δέντρο βασισμένο σε μοριακά φυλογενετικά δεδομένα • Μήκη κλάδων σκόπιμα, δεν αποτελούν έκφραση της πραγματικής κλίμακας του χρόνου • Εάν ένας χαρακτήρας είναι σημειωμένος ως δυνητική συναπομορφί...
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Sparsely vegetated habitats of cliffs and screes act as refugia for many regional and local endemic specialized plant taxa most of which have evolved precisely for that type of habitat. The interplay between taxonomic, phylogenetic, and functional plant diversity on rock and scree habitats of extreme environmental conditions, enlightens the relatio...
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Human-induced biodiversity decline has been on the rise for the past 250 years, due to various causes. What is equally troubling, is that we are unaware which plants are threatened and where they occur. Thus, we are far from reaching Aichi Biodiversity Target 2, i.e., assessing the extinction risk of most species. To that end, based on an extensive...
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Biodiversity hotspots (BH) cover a small fraction of the Earth’s surface, yet host numerous endemics. Human-induced biodiversity loss has been increasing worldwide, despite attempts to halt the extinction crisis. There is thus an urgent need to efficiently allocate the available conservation funds in an optimised conservation prioritization scheme....
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Human-induced biodiversity loss has been accelerating since the industrial revolution. The climate change impacts will severely alter the biodiversity and biogeographical patterns at all scales, leading to biotic homogenization. Due to underfunding, a climate smart, conservation-prioritization scheme is needed to optimize species protection. Spatia...
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Climate change poses a great challenge for biodiversity conservation. Several studies exist regarding climate change’s impacts on European plants, yet none has investigated how climate change will affect the extinction risk of the entire endemic flora of an island biodiversity hotspot, with intense human disturbance. Our aim is to assess climate ch...
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Background: In Europe and the Mediterranean, over-exploitation and destructive harvesting techniques have been identified as two critical threats affecting the sustainable harvesting of wild medicinal plant (WMP) species. However, unsustainable harvesting is not an issue everywhere and localized assessments are needed. Local knowledge has been pra...
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Η Ομάδα Βιοποικιλότητας του προγράμματος Terra Lemnia κατέγραψε την υφιστάμενη κατάσταση της βιοποικιλότητας στη Λήμνο και μελέτησε τη διασύνδεσή της με τις υπάρχουσες γεωργοκτηνοτροφικές πρακτικές έχοντας ως κύριο άξονα τις μάντρες του νησιού. Καταγράφοντας τη χλωρίδα, την εντομοπανίδα και τα πτηνά της Λημνιακής υπαίθρου, έγινε μια προσπάθεια κατα...
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In the Anthropocene era, climate change poses a great challenge in environmental management and decision-making for species and habitat conservation. To support decision-making, many studies exist regarding the expected vegetation changes and the impacts of climate change on European plants, yet none has investigated how climate change will affect...
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Ruderal plant species typically occur and prevail in frequently disturbed areas especially in sites with pronounced direct or indirect human activity. In Greece ruderal taxa (both exclusive and non-exclusive) account for 23.9% of all recorded plant taxa. This study presents an analysis of the ruderal plant diversity patterns in the 13 floristic reg...
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The Aegean archipelago has long been the main research area of numerous biogeographers, plant ecologists and taxonomists due to its intricate palaeogeography and high environmental and topographical heterogeneity. Nevertheless, some parts of this archipelago are essentially unexplored and the processes driving spatial variation in species compositi...
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Lake Kastoria is one of the potentially "ancient" Balkan lakes that has a great environmental importance and ecological value, attracts high touristic interest and is under various anthropogenic pressures. It belongs to a Natura 2000 Special Protection Area and a Site of Community Interest. The city of Kastoria is located at the western part of the...
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In contrast to most Aegean islands, Lemnos (482 km², Northeast-Aegean) is characterized by noncalcareous sandstones, marls and alluvial deposits. Prevailing land use is agriculture, chiefly for fodder production for sheep and goat husbandry. Apart from local cereal crop production, the animals depend on the island’s rough grazing lands. In the proj...
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Lake Pamvotis is one of the Balkan "ancient" lakes, a Quaternary refugium of great environmental importance and ecological value, that is under various anthropogenic pressures. It belongs to a Natura 2000 Special Area for Conservation and Special Protection Area. Almost in the middle of the lake, there is an inhabited island - one of the two lake i...
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Urbanization induces rapid landscape and habitat modifications leading to alterations in species distribution patterns and biodiversity loss. As pollinating insects such as butterflies are particularly susceptible to urbanization, it is important to pinpoint the factors that could enhance their diversity in the urban areas in order to design adequa...
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New records for the vascular flora of Inousse (Oinousses) and Lipsi are provided. These islands belong respectively to the Inousses and Lipsi islets groups. The islets have been studied between 1989 and 1990 for Inousses (Panitsa & al. 1994) and from 1990 to 1995 for Lipsi (Panitsa & Tzanoudakis 2001). Inousses comprises six islets situated east of...
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The Aegean archipelago is one of the largest archipelagos in the world and has long fascinated biogeographers due to its high environmental heterogeneity, complex palaeogeography, high diversity and endemism. In this study, prominence has been given to the plant diversity and biogeography of the Aegean area. After describing the phytogeographical a...
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The island of Lemnos (North Aegean, Greece) may be assigned high-level ecological value and habitat diversity, despite its vascular plant flora of currently known756 taxa (Panitsa et al., 2003; Thomas et al., 2012) being rather low compared to other Aegean islands of comparable size. While this is probably due to the lesser geomorphological diversi...
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Ionian archipelago is the second largest Greek archipelago after the Aegean, but the factors driving plant species diversity in the Ionian Islands are still vague. We used stepwise multiple regressions to investigate the factors affecting plant species diversity in 17 Ionian Islands. Generalized Dissimilarity Modelling was applied to examine variat...
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The Aegean archipelago is one of the largest archipelagos in the world and has long fascinated biogeographers due to its high environmental heterogeneity, complex palaeogeography, high diversity and endemism. In this study, prominence has been given to the plant diversity and biogeography of the Aegean area. After describing the phytogeographical a...
Technical Report
To "Σχέδιο Περιεχομένων και Προδιαγραφών Σχεδίων Δράσης Ειδών και Οικοτόπων Κοινοτικού Ενδιαφέροντος" περιλαμβάνει τα περιεχόμενα και τις προδιαγραφές των Σχεδίων Δράσης Ειδών και Οικοτόπων Κοινοτικού Ενδιαφέροντος για τα σχέδια δράσης ειδών και οικοτόπων στην Ελλάδα. Διαμορφώθηκε από ομάδα εργασίας. Συντονιστής της ομάδας ήταν το Δημοκρίτειο Πανε...
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Question What are the woody vegetation encroachment patterns after agricultural land abandonment? Focusing on two parameters, woody plant species richness and vertical vegetation heterogeneity (number of different vegetation strata and their relative cover), we investigated: i) the effect of forest encroachment following land abandonment, ii) the c...
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Monitoring of habitat types conservation status is an essential task in the frame of the European policy for biodiversity conservation. The parameters to be assessed for the purposes of habitat types’ conservation status assessment are described in several European documents, but the methodology for their determination has not yet been standardized...
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EU biodiversity conservation policy is based on the Habitats Directive (92/43/EC), which aims that habitat types and species of Community interest should reach ‘favourable conservation status’. To this end, Member States are obliged to perform periodic assessment of species and habitat conservation status through biodiversity monitoring, which, in...
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Cliffs are among the environments with the most adverse conditions for living organisms because of the limited availability of soil, moisture, and nutrients, and owing to the harsh conditions of exposure. They constitute shelters for rare, endemic, and range-restricted plant taxa. A main database has been prepared which includes vascular plant taxa...
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The European Red List of Habitats provides an overview of the risk of collapse (degree of endangerment) of marine, terrestrial and freshwater habitats in the European Union (EU28) and adjacent regions (EU28+), based on a consistent set of criteria and categories and detailed data and expertise from involved countries (http://ec.europa.eu/environmen...
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Background: Greece has two island archipelagos, the Aegean and the Ionian, which host a rich array of plants and wildlife, particularly endemic and threatened plant species. Despite the long history of island biogeographic studies in the Aegean, similar studies in the Ionian remain limited, with the two island archipelagos rarely being compared. R...
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Abstract Iliadou E., Panitsa M.*, Raus Th. & Dimopoulos P.: Flora and factors affecting species diversity in the islet groups of the protected "Natura 2000" sites of the Amvrakikos Gulf and Mesologgi lagoon (Ionian area, Greece). The vascular plant species diversity of the islet groups in the Amvrakikos Gulf and Mesologgi lagoon, hitherto unexplor...
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The vascular plant species diversity of the Echinades islet group, quite unexplored so far, is documented by an inventory of flowering plants and ferns, filling a gap in the floristic information available for the National Park to which these islets belong, as well as for the Ionian land-bridge island system, for which detailed studies concerning f...
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Periodic monitoring of biodiversity changes at a landscape scale constitutes a key issue for conservation managers. Earth observation (EO) data offer a potential solution, through direct or indirect mapping of species or habitats. Most national and international programs rely on the use of land cover (LC) and/or land use (LU) classification systems...
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The typification of the name Bryonia cretica is investigated and discussed. A specimen from the Clifford Herbarium is designated as the lectotype. The morphology of the species, notes on its cytology and geographical distribution and ecological features are also treated.
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Understanding diversity patterns along environmental gradients and their underlying mechanisms is a major topic in current biodiversity research. In this study, we investigate for the first time elevational patterns of vascular plant species richness and endemism on a long-isolated continental island (Crete) that has experienced extensive post-isol...
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Elevational ranges of subendemic species occurring both in Crete and the Peloponnese (SUBE) and the resulted IMAR for each species. (DOCX)
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Elevational ranges of the differentiated island-mainland endemics (DIME) distributed in Crete and the Peloponnese and the resulted IMAR for each species. (DOCX)
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Recently a new initiative was launched aimed at building a central database to hold all so far published and unpublished relevés available in Greece – the Hellenic National Vegetation Database (VegHellas). All literature sources, widely dispersed and often poorly accessible, containing vegetation relevés from Greece have been compiled and stored in...
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Recently a new initiative was launched aimed at building a central database to hold all so far published and unpublished relevés available in Greece - the Hellenic National Vegetation Database (VegHellas). All literature sources, widely dispersed and often poorly accessible, containing vegetation relevés from Greece have been compiled and stored in...
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Aim: To investigate how plant diversity of whole islands ('gamma') is related to alpha and beta diversity patterns among sampling plots within each island, thus exploring aspects of diversity patterns across scales. Location: Nineteen islands of the Aegean Sea, Greece. Methods: Plant species were recorded at both the whole-island scale and in small...