Discovering the power
of food microbes


FOODBIOMES is a new distributed research infrastructure of the Agri-food sector established in Greece that aims to offer world class research, education and innovation services exploring the impact of microbiome applications in food systems. 

FOODBIOMES is going through a three-year preparatory phase during which more than 70 researchers and professionals from the Democritus University of Thrace, the Ionian University, the University of Aegean and the University of Ioannina are building the grounds of a new research infrastructure that will constitute one of the main pillars for the national and international research ecosystem of the Agri-food sector. Operating as a link between research, education and innovation, the FOODBIOMES business model is based on providing the necessary “resources” (knowledge, data, advanced services, technologies, facilities, methods) to researchers and professionals from the academic and industrial sector to further design, develop and produce products and services of their interest that will support the sustainability of the Agri-food sector. 

Agri-Food is a revolutionary field for studying and utilising the food microbiome in order to benefit the biome of the human and animal organism. FOODBIOMES focuses on the study of the microbiome, and the identification, and effect of the organisms that compose the complex biocommunities on the various microorganisms. On the other hand, the infrastructure also investigates the benefits and impacts of specific foods and food extracts to the human and
animal microbiome. We are an open science research network and welcome knowledge sharing from research, industry and education. We are a team of industrial and commercial specialists, chemists, biochemists and food technologists from four universities of Greece.


To offer state of the art services and data of excellence on food microbiomes that will support academia and industry to further design, develop and produce innovative products that will benefit human and animal welfare.


To create an international pillar that fosters world class research, innovation and education on microbiome applications for healthy, safe and sustainable food systems.

Strategic Goal

  • To perform cutting edge research and provide new insights on food microbiome
  • To exploit research data on food microbes by delivering innovative products and services that foster sustainability of the Αgri-food sector
  • To create a state-of-the-art infrastructure that will support an open access and usage model
  • To forge strong collaborations among academia and industry within the knowledge triangle
  • To establish two-way interactions with national and international research infrastructures serving as the national link for the Greek research & innovation ecosystem


Democritus University of Thrace


Coordinator: Y. Kourkoutas
Partner Project Leader: M. Grigoriou

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University of Ioannina


Partner Project Leader: A. Tzakos


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University of Aegean


Partner Project Leader: A. Koutelidakis, D. Sarris


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Ionian University


Partner Project Leader: N. Kopsahelis


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The Core Team

Yiannis Kourkoutas

Associate Professor of Applied Biotechnology
(Democritus University of Thrace)

Andreas Tzakos

Associate Professor of Chemical Biology & Bioorganic Chemistry
(University of Ioannina)

Antonios Koutelidakis

Assistant Professor of Human Nutrition
(University of Aegean)

Panagiotis Panas

Head of Research and Innovation Services

Maria Grigoriou

Professor of Molecular & Developmental Biology

(Democritus University of Thrace)

Nikolaos Kopsahelis

Associate Professor of Food Chemistry & Industrial Fermentation
(Ionian University)

Dimitrios Sarris

Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology & Food Biotechnology
(University of Aegean)