Research programs

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NOVACERT, having gained rich expertise in the preparation, coordination and implementation of various programs, participates in the conduction of national and international research programs, developing partnerships with a series of universities and research institutes in the country, as well as with other companies and agencies of the Agri-Food sector, promoting research, exploiting the potentials of Smart Farming, networking and establishing collaborative innovation schemes.

Driven by innovation, as a key lever to strengthen the competitiveness of companies, NOVACERT plans and supports the implementation of research programs aiming at the use of new technologies, the design and development of pilot tests, the implementation of new processes and cultivation practices, actively contributing to the production of innovative products, environmental protection, as well as adaptation to climate change. NOVACERT, either as a coordinating partner, or as an innovation broker, contributes to the generation and selection of the most appropriate methods and ideas, to the connection of the scientific-research community with productive bodies, to the organization of brainstorming meetings and dissemination activities, in order to communicate the results to the wider community.

The long NOVACERT experience focuses on major importance research areas, such as: Biotechnology, Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, Food, Environment and Energy.

NOVACERT services include:

  • Identification & analysis of business operating / technological needs
  • Investigation and selection of the appropriate research program
  • Connection of scientific-research community with productive bodies
  • Elaboration of a thorough feasibility study
  • Project implementation Support, monitoring and management (progress Reports, specialized research protocols-techniques Reports, training and dissemination actions, etc.)
  • Instructions, guidance for the aid / grant disbursement.

Indicative Research Projects

Program Title Bugdet
Development and optimization of in vitro culture methods in bioreactors to produce repeatable and excellent quality plant material for extracts used in food supplements and cosmetics. 321.330,00 €
Evaluation – Improvement – Promotion of Important Traditional Greek Fruit Varieties. 840.000,00 €
Technological development and commercial implementation of a protocol for the export of Greek Premium Kiwi fruit to major markets. 866.135,50 €
A systems approach into the production of plant and algal diterpenes with high industrial and pharmaceutical value. 73.000€
Brown rot of stone fruit:
Investigation of the disease etiology, molecular and biological characterization of causal agent populations and fungicide sensitivity profile for the optimization of disease control.
Genomics for Improvement of quality & nutritional value of Greek tomato varieties. 70.000€
Cooperation Network for the Development of Biodiversity and Quality Improvement of Greek fruit trees. 533.000€


Title: Evaluation – Improvement -Promotion of Important Traditional Greek Fruit Varieties

Acronym: GrEatFruit

NOVACERT participates in the research project GrEatFruit. The project aims to evaluate, improve, highlight and utilize the traditional varieties of deciduous fruits, through the cooperation of specialized organizations (private entities and research institutes) and targeting the market share, by offering a differentiated high quality and safety product. Within the framework of the program, we study the follwing traditional varieties: peach “Lemonato Volou”, apple “Firiki” (PDO product) and cherry “Tragana Edessis” and “Tsolakeika”.



  • the rescue of some of the most economically important Greek traditional varieties of deciduous fruits
  • the evaluation of selected clones through the studied varieties
  • the creation of high-quality propagating material of the specific varieties
  • the improvement of the cultivation and preservation conditions of traditional deciduous fruit varieties
  • the development of protocols for cultivation techniques and environmentally friendly, post-harvest production manipulations
  • improving the taste of traditional deciduous fruit varieties
  • the spread of these remarkable varieties / clones to other cultivation areas
  • creating products of high nutritional value, safe for the consumer





– Gklavakis Fruit Trees

-Pomology Lab (University of Thessaly)

-Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)

-Pomology Lab (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

-Plant Pathology Lab (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Expected results:

With the completion of the project, in addition to protecting the phytogenetic resources of the country, the establishment of conditions (healthy propagating material, environmental cultivation protocols) will be also achieved.  The main expected result is the extended cultivation and wide exploitation of these traditional varieties, through which farmers will achieve an extra income, contributing to the retention of the rural population in rural and disadvantaged areas. At the same time, the scientific knowledge will be extended to areas that have not been explored so far. Finally, during the project new jobs will be created in the field of research.

Co‐financed by Greece and the European Union.