- Written by Dimitar Kirkovski
Dr Nikola Staykov
Position: Postdoctoral researcher
Department: Molecular Stress Physiology, CPSBB
His early work focused on: Bacillus thuringiensis endotoxins and their application as a plant defense mechanism against specific insect pests.
The main area of recent Nikola Staykov’s research interests is identifying the mode of action of a biostimulant, isolated from the brown alga Ascophyllum nodosum.
Nikola Staykov is also interested in studying the following topics:
- The atr mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana, resistant to oxidative stress, their corresponding genes and mechanisms, as well as possibilities for practical application.
- Deciphering the underlying model(s) of tolerance to multiple stressors of the Balkan “resurrection” endemite Haberlea rhodopensis.
Neerakkal S., Mehterov N., Gupta S., Qureshi M.K., Fischer A., Proost S., Omidbakhshfard M.A., Obata T., Benina M., Staykov N., Balazadeh S., Walther D., Fernie A.R., Mueller-Roeber B., Hille J., Gechev T.S. (2019). A novel seed plants gene regulates oxidative stress tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences. pp 1–14. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00018-019-03202-5.
Durgud M., Gupta S., Ivanov I., Omidbakhshfard A., Benina M., Alseekh A., Staykov N., Hauen-stein M., Dijkwel P.P., Hortensteiner S., Toneva V., Brotman Y., Fernie A.R., Mueller-Roeber B., Gechev T. (2018). Molecular mechanisms preventing senescence in response to prolonged darkness in a desiccation–tolerant plant. Plant Physiology. 177(3):1319–1338. https://doi.org/10.1104/pp.18.00055.
de Maagd R.A., Bakker P., Staykov N., Dukiandjiev S., Stiekema W., Bosch D. (1999) Identification of Bacillus thuringiensis delta-endotoxin Cry1C domain III amino acid residues involved in insect specificity. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Vol. 65 p 4369-4374. http://www.ask-force.org/web/Bt/de-Maagd-Identification-Bt-1999.pdf