Dr Thomae Kakouli-Duarte

BSc, MSc, PhD
EnviroCORE Research Leader, PI and Lecturer in Biosciences
PhD Biological Control, University of Reading, UK
MSc Technology of Crop Protection University of Reading, UK
BSc Crop Production, Technological Education Institute of W. Macedonia, Greece

e: thomae.kakouli@itcarlow.ie  t: 059 9175545


Dr. Thomaé Kakouli-Duarte is one of the founding members and the current Research Leader of EnviroCORE. Thomaé has a PhD in the biological control of the black vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus), using entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) in strawberries from the University of Reading (UK), and postdoctoral experience in quarantine fruit fly (tephritids) molecular diagnostics from NUIM.  Subsequently, and after her arrival in ITC, she has become an international expert in the field of environmental nematology, leading and coordinating a landmark publication in the field and the only text book internationally available entitled “Nematodes as Environmental Indicators”. She has led and coordinated a COST Action submission in the same area, and established and steered two relevant international congresses, under the auspices of the Association of Applied Biologists (in 2007, in Heriot-Watt University, Edinburg, UK and in 2012, in Ghent University, Belgium), with the 3rd being in preparation and planned for 2017. 

  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision

Research Interests

One of her current research foci is the development of innovative biological control approaches against pests of economic significance combining EPN and endophytic bacteria. Her research team is also developing nematodes as indicators of environmental change, as well as being involved in bumble bee conservation, and in the investigation of the benefits of earthworms and their products in composting and plant growth promotion and plant protection.

Since 2001, she has secured approximately 1.5 million euro in competitive external research funding (HEA, EPA, TSR Strand 1 and 3, DAFF, IRC, ITC) and has collaborated with colleagues from Teagasc (Oak Park), Maynooth University, University of Évora (Portugal) and the Agricultural University of Athens (Greece), and currently with Full Cycle, a recycling and organic waste management company based in South Africa.

She is a member of the Association of Applied Biologists, The Royal Entomological Society, The European Society of Nematologists and The Society of Nematologists. She is a regular reviewer in numerous specialist journals (Applied Soil Ecology, Agroforestry Systems, Invertebrate Biology, European Journal of Soil Biology, Journal of Entomology and Nematology, Hellenic Plant Protection Journal, Journal of Hazardous Materials, BioControl, Journal of Nematology, European Journal of Plant Pathology, Environmental Bioindicators) and has been a funding proposal reviewer for the Research Foundation Flanders (Belgium) and the Medical Research Council (UK). She is very active in public engagement with regular contribution to popular science and community outreach.


Selected Publications:

Moreira, A.S.C.F, Horgan, F., Murray, T., Kakouli- Duarte, T. 2015Population genetic structure of Bombus terrestris in Europe: isolation and genetic differentiation of Irish and British populations. Molecular Ecology 24 (13): 3257-3268. DOI: 10.1111/mec.13235.

Moreira, A.S.C.F, Horgan, F., Murray, T., Kakouli-Duarte, T. 2013.  Bumblebee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) sample storage for a posteriori molecular studies: interactions between sample storage and DNA-extraction techniques. European Journal of Entomology 110(3): 419-425. DOI: 10.14411/eje.2013.056.

Rolston, A., Meade, C., Boyle, S., Kakouli-Duarte, T. and Downes, M. 2009. Intraspecific variation among isolates of the entomopathogenic nematode Steinernema feltiae from Bull Island, Ireland. Nematology, 11(3): 439-451.

Wilson, M.J.  and T. Kakouli-Duarte, T. 2009. Nematodes as Environmental Indicators. CABI, Wallingford, UK. DOI 10.1079/9781845933852.0000

Athanassiou, C.G., Palyvos, N.E. and Kakouli-Duarte, T. 2008. Insecticidal effect of Steinernema feltiae (Filipjev) (Nematoda: Steinernematidae) against Tribolium confusum du Val (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) and Ephestia kuehniella (Zeller) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in stored wheat. Journal of Stored Products Research 44: 52-57.

Boyle, S. and Kakouli-Duarte, T. 2008. The effects of chromium VI on the fitness and on the β-tubulin genes during in vivo development of the nematode Steinernema feltiae. Science of the Total Environment, 404: 56-67.

Valadas, V., Boyle, S., Vieira, P., Kakouli-Duarte, T. and Mota, M. 2007. First report on entomopathogenic nematodes from continental Portugal. Helminthologia, 44: 226-229.

Technical Reports

Boyle S., Kakouli-Duarte, T. 2010. Soils and Bioindicators – The development of the nematode Steinernema feltiae as a bioindicator for chromium VI soil pollution. EPA, STRIVE 38, ISBN 978-1-84095-329-9. 

Kehoe, E., Murray, T., Horgan, F., Kakouli-Duarte, T. 2009. Managing bumblebee imports to maintain pollinator diversity and increase efficiency in horticultural production. DAFF Project Ref No: RSF 06 348. http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/media/migration/research/rsfallfundedprojects/2006projects/RSF06348.pdf

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Research Supervision

Dr Kakouli-Duarte has been an external PhD examiner in Maynooth University, in the National University Ireland Galway, in Gent University (Belgium), in Kings College London (UK) and in the Technical University of Madrid (Spain). She has supervised more than 50 undergraduate research projects, one postdoctoral fellow and to completion three PhD and three MSc theses. Her current research team consists of three PhD candidates, two MSc candidates and a research assistant.