RESEARCH PROJECTS OF AGROBIOINSTITUTE

Effectiveness of AgroBioInstitute is in ability to implement the research projects granted by National Science Fund, bilateral cooperation with research institutes from countries in Europe and rest of the world, participating to more than 15 COST actions as well as being active partner in numerous projects funded by EC programs and other international organizations.

PROJECTS OF AGROBIOINSTITUTE

 

I. Current Projects, included in the research agenda of the Agricultural Academy

Sustainable Innovative Approaches for Improvement the Quality of the Crop Production and Biodiversity Preservation of Crops and Domestic Animals; Р135; Term: 2011-2013; Project leader: Prof. Rossitza Batchvarova; Participants: research team of ABI, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Daniela Kertikova ИФК, IFC Pleven, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dariina Valcheva and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lubomira Atanassova, IAKarnobat, Prof. Dr. Vasilij Golcev, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mariela Odjakova and Assist. Prof. Dr. Lyuben Zagorchev, BF, SUSofia, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Margarita Kamburova, IMB, BASSofia.

Genetic basis of heterosis and contemporary breeding methods for generation, improvement and assessment of novel stress tolerant maize genotypes; P120; 2011-2014; Project leader: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Penka Valchinkova, Maize Research Institute - Kneja; ABIparticipants: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nikolai Christov and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elena Todorovska.

II. Projects supported by the National Science Fund, Ministry of Education and Science

Biodiversity characterisation of the root parasitic plants in Bulgaria
through molecular markers
; DMU03/92; Project leader: Dr. Kaloyan Kostov. (ABI); Partner: PhD student Maria Gevesova, Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski”.

The project term is prolonged. Annex from NSF for the second period for 1 year is expected.

Unlocking the potential of the white oil-bearing rose (Rosa alba L.) in Bulgaria – analysis of the biodiversity and initiation of industrial cultivation of elite clones with high content and high quality of the rose oil; DMU 03/43; Term: 2011-2013; Project leader: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Krasimir Rusanov (ABI), Participant from ABI: Dr. Katerina Stefanova; Partner: Genka Zhekova, Institute of Roses, Essential and Medical Cultures, Kazanlak.

The project term is prolonged. Annex from NSF for the second period for 1 year is expected.

Metagenomic approach for identification and biosynthesis of acidic thermostable α-amylase from thermophilic microorganisms; DID 02/24; Term: 2011-2013; Project leader: Prof. DSc. Ivan Atanassov (ABI), Partner: Institute of Microbiology, BAS – Sofia.

The project term is prolonged. Annex for the second period for 1,5 years from NSF is expected.

Study of structural, biochemical and genetic characteristics of some species of genus Quercus in Bulgaria and opportunities for their sustainable use; DVU_10_0277; Term: 2011-2013; Project leader: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Petu Zelev, University of Forestry Sofia, Coordinator for ABI: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivan Tsvetkov, Participants from ABI: Assist. Prof. Dr. Teodora Dzhambazova, Assist. Ivayla Dincheva. Partners: University of Forestry – Sofia, University of Food Technologies - Plovdiv, Union of Enologists in Bulgaria – Plovdiv.

The project term is prolonged. Annex for the second period for 1,5 years from NSF is expected.

Survey of biodiversity and regional distribution of parasitic Orobanchaceae on the Balkans; DTK02/40; Term: 2010-2013; Project leader: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tsveta Hristeva, Tobacco and Tobacco Products Institute – Plovdiv; Coordinator for ABI: Prof. Rossitza Batchvarova; Partners: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Iliya Denev, Plovdiv University”Paisii Hilendarski” and Dr. Kiril Stoyanov, Agricultural Iniversity - Plovdiv.

The project term is prolonged till 16.05.2015. Annex from NSF for the second project period is signed.

Morpho-functional status and information system development of in vitro cultured medicinal plant Lamium album L.; DТК02/29; Term: 2010-2013; Project leader: Prof. Veneta Kapchina, Sofia University, Faculty of Biology; Participants from ABI: Prof. Rossitza Batchvarova and Dr. Kaloyan Kostov.

Project is completed.

Integrated functional and comparative genomics studies on the model legumes Medicago truncatula and Lotus japonicus; IDEAS DO 02-268; Term: 2009-2013; Project leader: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anelia Iantcheva; Partners: Institute of Plant physiology and genetics, BAS (BULGARIA), Department of Plant system biology, U-Gent (BELGIUM), Institute of Plant Science Research, CNRS, gif-sur-Yvette (FRANCE).

Project is completed.

Conservation and characterization of grape genetic resources in Bulgaria; МУ-ФС-02; Term: 2008-2013; Project leader: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Violeta Kondakova; Partner: Agrobiotech Park Ltd. Sofia.

The project term is prolonged. Annex from NSF for the forth period for 1 year is expected.

Integrated donor evaluation and an approach to developing Bulgarian tomato varieties with improved nutritional quality and fruit taste; NFNI B01/16; Term: 2013-2014; Project leader: Assoc prof. Dr. Bojin Bojinov, Agricultural University – Plovdiv; Coordinator for ABI: Assoc Prof. Dr. Elena Todorovska; Partners: IZK Maritsa Vegetavle Crops Research Institue Plovdiv and IM, BAS Sofia.

Center for sustainable development in plant and animal genomics. Център за устойчиво развитие на растителната и животинска геномика (EXELLENCE IN BIOECONOMY) (CESBD); ДО02-105; Term: 2009-2011 г.; Project leader: acad. Atanas Atanassov; Coordinator for ABI: Prof. DSc. Ivan Atanassov; Partners: Faculty of Biology, Sofia UniversitySofia, Institute of plant Physiology and Genetics (BAS) – Sofia.

The project term is prolonged. Annex from NSF for the second period for 1,5 year is expected.

III. Bilateral cooperation

Study of the adaptability of the Bulgarian wine grape varieties in Wallonia, 2013-2015; ABIcoordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Violeta Kondakova; Partner: The Walloon Agricultural Research Centre, Gembloux, (BELGIUM).

Valorisation of industrial wastewater: biologically active substances from side products of rose oil distillation, 2012-2015; ABIcoordinator: Prof. DSc Ivan Atanassov, Partner: Prof. Dr. Veronika Butterweck, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland, School of Life Sciences, Institute for Pharma Technology, Basel (SWITZERLAND).

Evaluation of grapevine genetic diversity in Ukraine and Bulgaria through molecular markers, 2012-2014; ABIcoordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tzvetanka Hvarleva, Partner: Dr. Nina Miljukina, Institute of viticulture and wine-making, Odessa (UKRAINE).

Legumes as a base for organic farming in Macedonia (Legumac), 2010-2012; Project coordinator: Dr. Ir. Alex De Vliegher, ILVO, Merelbeke, (BELGIUM), Coordinator for Macedonia: Dr. Susana Kratovalieva, FACE - Skopje, (MACEDONIA), ABIcoordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mariana Vlahova, Partner: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tsvetoslav Mihovski, Institute for upland animal breeding and agriculture - Troyan.

Understanding the molecular mechanisms of drought stress tolerance in cereal crops through analysis of gene expression, 2008-2011; ABI’ coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elena Todorovska; Partner: College of Agronomy and Biotechnology, China Agricultural University, Beijing (CHINA).

Accelerating genetic progress for drought resistance in wheat, using molecular markers; 2007-2009; ABI’ coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elena Todorovska, Partners: N.A.R.D.I., Fundulea (ROMANIA) and Institute of Genetics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Implementation of field trials in Bulgaria for the development of biocontrol against broom rape (Orobanche cumana) by Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. orthoceras; 2007-2009; ABIcoordinator: Prof. DSc Rossitza Batchvarova, Partner: University of Hohenhaim, Stuttgart (GERMANY).

IV. Projects, funded by international organizations (incl. EC - FP6 and FP7)

Genetic and phytochemical diversity of bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) and Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea L.) originating from Bulgaria and Norway and their bioactivity in regard with human health; Programme BG09 of the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area, the measure "Projects for interinstitutional cooperation"; DO3-92/27.05.2015; 2015-2016; ABI’ Project manager: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Violeta Kondakova; Partners: Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) (NORWAY); National Centre of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (NCIPD), Sofia (BULGARIA)

Preparatory steps towards a GMO research ERA-Net (PreSto GMO ERA-Net); 2013-2015; ЕС 7FP; FP7-KBBE.2013.3.5-02; Project coordinator: Dr. Stefan Rauschen, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, (GERMANY), ABI’ project manager: Assist. Prof. Dr. Kaloyan Kostov

Combining innovation in vineyard management and genetic diversity for a sustainable European viticulture (INNOVINE); ЕC FP7 311775; 2012-2016; Project coordinator: Dr. Anne-Franoise Adam - Blondon, INRA,(FRANCE), ABIproject manager: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tzvetanka Hvarleva

GMO Risk Assessment and Communication of Evidence (GRACE); ЕС 7FP, FP7-KBBE-2012-6; 2012-2015; Project coordinator: Prof. Dr. Joachim Schiemann, Julius Kühn-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen (JKI), (GERMANY); ABIproject manager: Assist. Prof. Dr. Kaloyan Kostov

Monitoring of Animals for Feed-Related Risks in the Long Term (MARLON); ЕC FP7, FP7-KBBE-2012-6; 2012-2015; Project coordinator: Dr. Gijs A. Kleter, DLO (Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek) (NETHERLANDS); ABIproject manager: Assist. Prof. Dr. Kaloyan Kostov

Assessing and Monitoring the Impacts of Genetically modified plants on Agro-ecosystems (AMIGA); ЕC FP7, FP7-KBBE.2011.3.5-01; 2011-2015; Project coordinator: Dr. Salvatore Arpaya, ENEA (ITALY); ABIproject manager: Prof. Dr. Dimitar Djilianov

Impact of agricultural land use on biodiversity and regional distribution of broomrapes (Orobanchaceae) in the Balkans (Broomrape Biodiversity); SEE-ERA.NET PLUS - ERA 117/01; 2010-2012; Project coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Iliya Denev, Plovdiv University, (BULGARIA); ABI’ project manager: Prof. DSc Rossitza Batchvarova

Diversity of invading Phytophthora spp. plant pathogens in agro and forest ecosystems in Southeast Europe (PHYSEE); SEE-ERA.NET PLUSERA 138/01; 2010-2012; Project coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Slavtcho Slavov, AgroBioInstitute; Partners: Prof. K. Sotirovski, Faculty of Forestry, University “Sv. Kiril i Metodij”, Skopje (MACEDONIA), Prof. N. Keca, Faculty of Forestry, University of Belgrade, Belgrade (SERBIA), Dr. E. Fodor, Faculty of Env. Protection, Forestry Department, Univ. of Oradea, Oradea, (ROMANIA) and Prof. S. Diamandis, Forest Research Institute, Thessaloniki, (GREECE).

New agricultural practices for quality production of red fruits enriched in healthy compounds (QualiRedFruits); ЕC FP7; FP7-SME-2008-01, Research for SMEs; 2011-2012; Project coordinator: Philippe MASSARDIER, Coopérative des coteaux du lyonnais SICOLY (FRANCE); ABI’ project manager: Prof. DSc Rossitza Batchvarova.

Public Perception of Genetically modified Animals – Science, Utility and Society (PEGASUS); EC FP7; FP7-KBBE-2008-1-4-07, 2009-2012; Project coordinator: Prof. Lynn Frewer, Newcastle University (UK); ABI’ project manager: Prof. DSc Atanas Atanassov

Knowledge transfer to farmers for sustainable agriculture in Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Cyprus by innovative electronic training (FARMFORWARD); ProgrammeLeonardo da Vinci”; 2008-2009; Project coordinator: Natassa Economou, Research and Development Center, Nicosia, (CYPRUS); ABI’ project manager: Prof. DSc Rossitza Batchvarova

Improving nutrient efficiency in major European food, feed and biofuel crops to reduce the negative environmental impact of crop production (NUE-CROPS); ЕC FP7; FP7-KBBE-2007-2A-222645; 2009-2013; Project coordinator: Prof. Carlo Leifert, Newcastle University (UK); ABI’ project manager: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nikolai Christov

SUstainable PROduction of GALanthamine by both in vitro culture and agricultural crops of highly galanthamine-containing plants (SUPROGAL); ЕC FP7; 2009-2011; Project coordinator: Prof. Carlos Codina, University of Barcelona (SPAIN); ABIproject manager: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Violeta Kondakova

Biotechnology Approaches in AgroBioInstitute at the Service of Crop Breeding (PlantBioServ); EC FP7; FP7-REGPOT-2008-2; 01.03.2009-01.03.2010; Project  coordinators: Prof. DSc Atanas Atanassov and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Slavtcho Slavov, AgroBioInstitute

Sustainable innovation technology in plant nursery process improving plant quality and safety (SITINPLANT); EC FP7; FP7-SME-2007-1, SP4- Capacities, Research for SMEs; 2008-2010; Project coordinator: Prof. Christos Xiloyannis (ITALY); ABIproject manager: Dr. Assoc. Prof. Ivan Tsvetkov

Containment of Sharka virus in view of EU (SharCo); ЕС FP7; No 204429; 2008-2012; Project coordinator: Veronique Decroocq, Institut National de la Recherché Agronomique, INRA (FRANCE); ABIproject manager: Dr. Assoc. Prof. Ivanka Kamenova

Foresight analysis for the world agriculture markets and Europe (АG2020); EC FP6; SSPE-CT-2006-044280(2020); 2007-2009; Project coordinator: Dr. Kristian Borch, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, (DENMARK); ABIproject manager: Prof. DSc Atanas Atanassov

GM and non-GM supply chains: their CO-EXistence and TRAceability (COEXTRA) ЕC FP6; Food 007158 Ref. INRA 2535; 2005-2009; Project coordinator: Dr. Ive Bertaux, INRA, Versaille (FRANCE); ABI’ project manager: Prof. DSc Atanas Atanassov

Exploiting bioactivity of European cereal grains for improved nutrition and health benefits (HEALTHGRAIN); ЕC FP6; FOOD-2003-T3.3; 2005-2009; Project coordinator: Kaissa Poutanen (FINLAND); ABI’ project manager: Prof. DSc Atanas Atanassov

Diagnostic of Plum pox virus (PPV) by the investigation, characterization and preservation of cherry strain – PPV-C and other strains in cultivated and wild cherry species; 2009-2012; ABI’ project manager: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivanka Kamenova; Partner: Centre for Plant Health Science and Technology, Beltsville, MD, USDA, APHIS (USA)

Coordination of scientific activities on genetic resistance for the control of plant viruses and their vectors in Europe (ResistVir); EC FP6; FOOD-CT-2004-514048; 2005-2009; Project coordinator: Dr. Carole Caranta INRA (FRANCE); ABI’ project manager: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivanka Kamenova

V. COST Actions

COST Action FA 1303 Sustainable control of grapevine trunk diseases“; 2013-2017; MC member from ABI: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivan Tsvetkov and Assist. Prof. Dr. Teodora Dzhambazova

COST Action FA 1203 „Strigolactones: Biological Roles and Applications“; 2013-2017; MC member from ABI: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Slavtcho Slavov and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anelia Yantcheva

COST Action BM 1006 "Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis Network; 2011-2015; MC member from ABI: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dimitar Vassilev

COST Action FA 1003 „East-West Collaboration for Grapevine Diversity Exploration and Mobilization of Adaptive Traits for Breeding ; 2010-2014; MC member from ABI: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tzvetanka Hvarleva

COST Action FA 0806 “Plant virus control employing RNA-based vaccines: A novel non-transgenic strategy ”; 2009-2013; MC member from ABI: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivanka Kamenova

COST Action FA 0901 „Putting Halophytes to Work - From Genes to Ecosystems; 2009-2013; MC member from ABI: Dr. Assoc. Prof. Dimitar Djilianov

COST Action FA TD 0801 „Statistical challenges on the 1000€ genome sequences in plants”; 2009-2012; MC member from ABI: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dimitar Vassilev

COST Action BM 0702 “Urine and Kidney Proteomics (EuroKUP); 2008-2012; MC member from ABI: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dimitar Vassilev

COST Action FA 0804 “Molecular farming: Plants as production platform for high value proteins; 2008-2012; MC members: Prof. Atanas Atanassov and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mariana Vlahova

COST Action FP 0801 Known and unknown fungi species from the genus Phytophthora: increasing danger for forest and forest ecosystem in Europe”; 2008-2012; MC members from ABI: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Slavtcho Slavov and Prof. Rossitza Batchvarova

COST Action FA 0605 “Signal control on the tolerance to stress and production of stress induced compounds in plants”; 2007-2011; MC member from ABI: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dimitar Djilianov

COST Action FA 0604 “Triticeace genomics for the advancement of essential European crops (TritiGen)”; 2007-2011; MC members from ABI: Dr. Assoc. Prof. Nikolai Christov and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elena Todorovska

COST Action FA 0603 „Plant proteomics in Europe”; 2007-2011; MC member from ABI: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dimitar Djilianov

 

COST Аction 863 “Euroberry Research: From genomics to sustainable production, quality and health”; 2005-2010; MC members from ABI: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Violeta Kondakova and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elena Todorovska