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18th EUCARPIA International Meeting on Genetics and Breeding of Capsicum and Eggplant, 18-21 September 2023
We are very pleased to announce that the 18th EUCARPIA Meeting on Genetics and Breeding of Capsicum and Eggplant will be held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria from 18 to 21 of September, 2023. The meeting is being organized by Maritsa Vegetable Crops Research Institute (MVCRI) in collaboration with the Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (CPSBB), both engaged in research on pepper and other Solanaceous crops. Postponed with one year due to the COVID pandemic, the conference will be performed as on-site event. We believe this is the most efficient way for interaction and exchange of knowledge and ideas gained after the last meeting in Avignon, France in 2019. The EUCARPIA Capsicum and Eggplant meeting, 2023 will offer you rich scientific programme, inspirational keynotes, plentiful networking opportunities and social interaction.
CPSBB hosted a visit of AgroDigiRise project’s partners at the newly built scientific campus, 18 November 2022
On 18 November 2022 in Povdiv CPSBB took part in the first Consortium Meeting of all partners in the AgroDigiRise project. The event was hosted by the Agricultural University in Plovdiv. During the event the meeting all organizations in the project were presented and an official agreement for cooperation was signed. The project AgroDigiRise aims at digitalizing the Bulgarian agricultural sector during the next three years. CPSBB has the potential to contribute to the project with high-tech infrastructure and top-notch scientific expertise. The Center hosted a visit of all participants in the newly built scientific campus. The guests had the opportunity to see the highly technological green houses of the Center, as well as the administrative and R&D building of the campus.
CPSBB participated in online round table initiated by AERAP, 16 November 2022
On 16.11.2022 CPSBB participated in an online round table “Africa-EU Research Infrastructures”, organized by the Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Cooperation Platform (AERAP) . The attendance of CPSBB was at the invitation of Mr. Declan Kirrane, Chairman and Managing Director of the Science Summit at the United Nations General Assembly. The adoption of a program as a result of a dialogue between industry, research institutes and public sector from all EU member states and African nations was a major topic of discussion. The program should align priorities across a range of scientific topics with the priorities of scientists and industrial representatives. AERAP is a stakeholder forum convened to set priorities for science and innovation cooperation between Africa and Europe. It provides a framework for industrial and academic stakeholders to define action plans for research in a wide range of areas that will be essential to address common global challenges. This framework enhances major scientific research and technological progress that will drive socio-economic development and competitiveness in both Africa and Europe.
CPSBB became a partner in a project for building a circular bio-based economy in the South-Central region of Bulgaria, 14 November 2022
Prof. Tsanko Gechev and Dr. Veselin Petrov represented CPSBB during a meeting dedicated to the new project MainstreamBIO. The event took place on 14 November 2022 and was organized by the Agricultural University – Plovdiv, which is the Bulgarian coordinator of the action. The project MainstreamBIO is funded by the EU programme Horizon Europe and aims at supporting the adoption of circular bioeconomy practices and solutions across rural regions in Europe. The main objective is to regenerate rural communities by creating sustainable new value chains and business models through the deployment of local small-scale bio-based technologies. This will stimulate the development of circular bioeconomy across various areas in Europe at local and regional scale. Ten beneficiaries from nine countries constitute the consortium of ManistreamBIO. CPSBB was invited to become a partner in the project as the Center is a major research institution in the region and has the potential to contribute to its realization by providing scientific knowledge and expertise.
CPSBB signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Professional High School of Food Technologies and Technics in Plovdiv, 11 November 2022
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between CPSBB and the High School of Food Technologies and Technics in Plovdiv. The agreement sets a framework for partnership between the Center and the school, ensuring internship programs, practical training for students and teachers, joint projects, and R&D activities. Assoc. Prof. Vesela Kazashka (Head of CPSBB’s Administration) signed the official document on behalf of CPSBB together with representatives of the High School of Food Technologies and Technics – Eng. Dafina Braykova and Mrs. Maria Pancheva. In accordance with the memorandum, vocational school students had their introductory biotechnology practicals at CPSBB. Dr. Nikola Staykov welcomed the students and guided them through the Center’s plant-growing facilities and laboratories. He presented the labs’ equipment and the research projects implemented by CPSBB’s scientists.
The newly built scientific campus of CPSBB was nominated for Building of the Year, 10 November 2022
The new building of the CPSBB in Plovdiv was nominated for “Building of the Year 2022” in the national contest for architecture organized by The City Media Group. The scientific campus of CPSBB was nominated in the category “Social infrastructure – science, culture, education” and will compete with nine other projects for the prestigious award. The building of CPSBB consists of laboratories, specialized premises, administrative offices, greenhouses, a conference hall with 300 seats, four classrooms with 80 seats for training and events, a restaurant, cafeteria and reception. The scientific campus of CPSBB is a modern research center for fundamental and applied plant science, built according to the world standards of the leading institutions in this field. The winners in the contest “Building of the Year 2022” will be announced on 15 December 2022 with an official ceremony in Sofia.
A Senior Economist from the World Bank Group met representatives of the CPSBB, 27 October 2022
On 27 October 2022, Mr. Francisco Campos, Senior Economist for theWorld Bank Group, visited the CPSBB and met withAssoc. Prof. Vessela Kazashka andMrs. Marina Mircheva. Mr. Francisco Campos is an advisor of the Bulgarian Ministry of Innovations and Growth and is looking for potential opportunities to stimulate cooperation between small and medium-sized (SME) Bulgarian enterprises and scientific organizations in the country. Considering CPSBB is a unique center of excellence in plant science, Mr. Campos expressed interest in the Center’s structure, expertise, and research activities, which could potentially be helpful to companies demanding scientific services and analyses.
Workshop: Recent developments in the molecular mechanisms of plant biostimulants and their role in mitigating the effects of climate change – RESIST project, 24 October 2022
Climate change is predicted to increase the risk of stress induced oxidative damage in crops, resulting in extensive yield losses globally. This workshop will provide new insights into seaweed-based biostimulants and microbial-based technologies and their role in mitigating against the effects of climate change. A series of lectures will be delivered by experts from the biostimulant industry and by university researchers with expertise and practical experience in the areas covering abiotic/oxidative stress in crops and physiological and molecular level changes elicited by biostimulants to mitigate abiotic stress and crop losses. Furthermore, the workshop will demonstrate the benefits of these novel technologies under field conditions across a range of different crops, translating to an increased return on sustainable investment (ROSI) for the crop grower.
Scientists, pupils, students and teachers from Plovdiv partnered within the framework of the international initiative “European Researchers Night” 2022, 30 September 2022
On 30 September 2022, for the first time, the CPSBB opened the doors of the newly built research complex in Plovdiv to welcome pupils and students who participated in the initiatives and events prepared by our team in the framework of the European Researchers’ Night campaign! For a fourth consecutive year, the CPSBB has been a partner and a co-organizer of the international campaign in Plovdiv. The initiative takes place annually in more than 25 countries throughout Europe with the primary objective of connecting scientists from various fields with the general public, presenting significant innovative projects, and increasing the interest of young people in research careers.
CPSBB took part in the conference AGRO 4.0, 29 September 2022
The Director of the CPSBB, Assoc.Prof.Dr Tsanko Gechev and Petar Kazakov, Marketing Expert, participated in the first edition of the conference for digitalization of the Bulgarian agriculture – AGRO 4.0. The event was attended by the Minister of Agriculture Yavor Gechev, the Minister of Innovation and Growth Alexander Pulev and the Chairman of the European Digital Innovation Hub for Agriculture AgroHub.BG Svetlana Boyanova. The conference took place on 29 September 2022 in Plovdiv and gathered Bulgarian government representatives, scientific researchers, farmers, agricultural producers and technology companies in order to discuss potential possibilities for the successful development of a modern Bulgarian agriculture based on digital technologies.
Researchers from the CPSBB received a prestigious e-poster award at the international PSE conference, 19-22 September 2022
The researchers from the Plant Cell Biotechnology Department of the CPSBB – Iva Stoykova, Ivanka Koycheva, Biser Binev, and Prof. Dr. Milen I. Georgiev – were awarded for best e-poster presentation during the International Conference PSE 2022 – Natural Products in Drug Discovery and Development – Advances and Perspectives. The award was handed by Prof. Dr. Jianbo Xiao, President of the International Association of Dietetic Nutrition and Safety as a recognition for the best presentation held by a PhD student during the conference. The e-poster of our team was entitled “Myconoside, isolated from Haberlea rhodopensis, ameliorate UVA/UVB – induced changes in human keratinocytes” and it was selected among 101 applications for the prestigious award. It presented a study of the photoprotective effects of Haberlea rhodopensis Friv. (Gesneriaceae) extract (HRE) and its biologically active molecules calceolarioside E (CAL) and myconoside (MYC), against the UVA/UVB radiation-induced photoaging.
Young researcher from CPSBB participated in the 3rd PlantED conference in Germany, 5-7 September 2022
Ms. Manuela Stoyanova was invited to participate in the 3rd PlantED Conference COST Action (18111) in Germany on 5-7 September 2022. This year due to COVID restrictions, the number of physically present delegates was limited, and Ms. Stoyanova was among the 100 selected participants for the conference in Dusseldorf.The event was held over three days, with open scientific sessions on genome editing technology in plants, followed by PlantEd Working Group (WG) sessions and a Management Committee (MC) meeting. The event is part of the plant genome editing research network across Europe and beyond, an excellent platform for dissemination, discussions, networking, and updating the latest research and innovation.
A researcher from the CPSBB participated in the International conference COST action PLANTMETALS in Turkey, 31 August 2022
Assist. Prof. Dr. Veselin Petrov from the CPSBB took part in the COST Action CA19116 PLANTMETALS Conference “Trace Metal metabolism in Plants”. The event took place in Ankara, Turkey on 31 August – 02 September 2022. Dr. Petrov took part in the conference with a poster presentation on the effects of a biostimulant, based on a highly concentrated Ascophyllum nodosum (brown seaweed) extract, on the growth and development of eggplants and peppers.The CPSBB team revealed that the biostimulant significantly enhances the yield of both crops in field conditions and induces redistribution of macro and micronutrients including metal elements like Mg, Zn, Cu, Mn.
The CPSBB and The PlantaSYST project were showcased with a photo exhibition in Sofia, 01 September 2022
The PlantaSYST project and the Center of Plant System Biology and Biotechnology (CPSBB) are a main focus of the photo exhibition “Education and Science”, organized in the center of Sofia by the OP “Science and Education for Intelligent Growth” with the assistance of the Municipality of Sofia. The photos of the newly built scientific campus of the CPSBB show scientists who present to students from Plovdiv the scientific activities and interesting ongoing projects of the CPSBB. The students conducted their own experiment guided by the researchers. The exhibition is available until 14 September, 2022 in the park in front of the National Palace of Culture, next to Kino Cabana.
CPSBB was presented at Opora Zaden’s open field days in Tsalapitsa, 21-22 July 2022
On 21 and 22 July 2022, CPSBB took part in the Open Field Days, organized by the seeds producer Opora Zaden in Tsalapitsa, Plovdiv. This is one of the major events in the agricultural industry, which gathers producers and researchers from all parts of Bulgaria, offering them the opportunity for a know-how exchange and b2b meetings. CPSBB was presented with a stand where the visitors gained information about the PlanyaSYST project, the research activities of the CPSBB, and the advantages of the biostimulant SuperFifty, produced by the Irish company BioAtlantis. The SuperFifty product is further improved and developed in a partnership between the company and the researchers from the Molecular Stress Physiology Department of CPSBB.
Second training under the project “Science and Journalism: Together against infodemic” was held in Plovdiv, 08 June 2022
More than 30 journalists and representatives of the academic community took part in the second training on the project “Science and Journalism – Together Against Infodemic”, which took place in Plovdiv on June 8, 2022. Speakers at the event were Maria Cheresheva, Vice-President of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ-Bulgaria), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vessela Kazashka (Administrative Director at the Center for Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology, CPSBB), Georgi Marchev, journalist from Factckeck.bg and Milena Ilieva from “Paisii Hilendarski” University of Plovdiv.
Students from Plovdiv University visited CPSBB as part of their BSc education in plant physiology, 01 June 2022
100 students from Plovdiv University visited CPSBB as part of their education in plant physiology. The students are enrolled in different BSc programmes (biology, biology and chemistry, biology and english, ecology, and molecular biology at the faculty of biology. Dr. Tsanko Gechev presented CPSBB to the students: its history, strategic objectives, organizational structure, research departments, and main activities. In particular, he emphasized on the research performed by the eepartments bioinformatics, molecular stress physiology, plant development, plant cell biotechnology, and vegetable breeding.
The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences awarded a researcher from CPSBB, 23 May 2022
On 23 May 2022, Martina Savova, a researcher from the plant cell biotechnology department of CPSBB, was awarded from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) with the prestigious “Ivan E. Geshov” award for young scientist in the field of biomedicine and quality of life. Martina has demonstrated an innovative approach in her PhD thesis work to study molecular mechanisms of obesity in cellular (human adipocytes) and organism (C. elegans) models.
CPSBB and the agricultural university signed a memorandum of cooperation, 18 May 2022
Оn 18 May 2022 – the international fascination of plants day – the rector of the agricultural university in Plovdiv, Prof. Dr. Hristina Yancheva, and the director of the center of plant Systems biology and biotechnology (CPSBB), assoc. Prof. Dr. Tsanko Gechev, signed a memorandum of cooperation for joint research and educational activities.
ISF World Seed Congress, 16-18 May 2022
The CPSBB, represented by its marketing expert Mr. Petar KAZAKOV, participated in the ISF World Seed Congress, organized by the International Seed Federation (ISF) in Barcelona, Spain, from 16 to 18 May 2022. The International Seed Federation (ISF) is the largest organization that unites biotechnology, vegetable breeding, and seed-producing companies all over the world. It is widely regarded as the voice of the global seed industry.
Teachers from Spain visited the CPSBB as part of the Erasmus + Youth Exchange Programm, 11, 18 and 25 May 2022
The visit was hosted by Dr. Nikola Staykov who demonstrated the equipment and some of the ongoing research projects of the CPSBB. The guests visited the laboratories and plant growth chambers of the CPSBB and discussed opportunities for the exchange of students from Spain who could potentially upgrade their knowledge in the fields of plant biology and biotechnology at the research campus of the CPSBB.
RESIST courses: Project writing and management and plant stress physiology (CPSBB), 19-21 April 2022
The course introduced the EU research landscape and focusd on the basic principles of project writing and management. Attendees learnt about the research funding in Bulgaria, Germany, The Netherlands, UK, and other EU countries. They were presented with various funding opportunities for PhD and postdoctoral researchers, as well as for group leaders (individual short-term and long-term projects, large collaborative projects). The lecturers of the course delivered presentations about project design and conceptualization, project writing, and project management. The course was suitable for MSc and PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, senior scientists, and group leaders.
The Indian ambassador to Bulgaria Visited the CPSBB, 05 April 2022
The ambassador of India in Bulgaria, his excellency mr. Sanjay Rana, visited the CPSBB on April 5, 2022, at the invitation of the researcher from CPSBB – Dr. Amol Nankar.
director of CPSBB Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tsanko Gechev, Prof. Dr. Milen Georgiev, head of plant cell biotechnology department (CPSBB), assoc. Prof. Dimitrina Kostova, head of vegetable breeding department (CPSBB), Prof. Dr. Daniela Ganeva, director of maritsa vegetable crops research institute (MVCRI) hosted the meeting.
The “Green Initiative” of CPSBB was held for the second consecutive year, 01 April 2022
The second edition of the campaign “Green Initiative” of CPSBB was held in Trakia district of Plovdiv on April 1, 2022. The main goal of the campaign is to improve the area around the newly built campus of CPSBB and improve living conditions of residents in the neighborhood.Scientists from CPSBB and experts from Trakia Municipality took part in the campaign. They planted Paulownia tomentosa trees near the new building of CPSBB. It is called the “Tree of the future” because of its extremely fast growth and huge potential for CO2 binding. With its huge leaves it quickly and effectively purifies the air. It is honey-bearing – it blooms with large and beautiful inflorescences. The building of the research campus of CPSBB will soon be completed and will host top-notch science in the field of plant systems biology and biotechnology.
Researcher from CPSBB recieved award from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 14 March 2022
Kristiana Amirova received the annual award of the Foundation “Acad. Prof. Dr. Stephan Angeloff ” (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) for young microbiologists.Kristiana Amirova is a researcher at the Department of Plant Cell Biotechnology at CPSBB, and headed by Prof. Dr. Milen Georgiev. Her work is related to the research for treating degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis. In her research, Amirova studies the Orpheus flower from the group of the resurrection plants. Kristiana was awarded as a member of the research team who has authored the scientific article “Biotechnologically-Produced Myconoside and Calceolarioside E Induce Nrf2 Expression in Neutrophils”, published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.
CPSBB was presented at the biggest fair for agricultue in Bulgaria – AGRA, 6-9 March 2022
The biggest agricultural fair in Bulgaria – AGRA 2022- was held in Plovdiv ot 6-9 March,2022. CPSBB,together with its partner MVCRI “Maritsa”, were presented with a mutual stand in palace 7 of Plovdiv International Fair where attendees could learn more about the partnership between the two research institutes for the creation of new vegetable varieties and core collections. Dr. Aakansha Kanojia, a postdoctoral researcher in Molecular Stress Physiology at CPSBB, and Dr. Sujeeth Neerakkal, Chief Plant Molecular Biologist at BioAtlantis, presented the unique seaweed extract biostimulant – SuperFifty Prime. SuperFifty Prime is highly efficient in mitigating abiotic stresses in plants. This product improves plant growth and enhances fruit set percentage various crops. The unique priming technology is developed in a partnership between CPSBB and the Irish company BioAtlantis Ltd.
The first online training under the project “Science and Journalism: Together against infodemic” was held, 23-24 February 2022
On 23-24 February, 2022, the first online training under the project “Science and Journalism: Together against Infodemic” was held. The main purpose of the event was to put into practice the training module so that the last could be adapted and improved by the feedback from the participants. 36 journalists and academic representatives participated and evaluated the work of the trainers.
CPSBB was presented in the Bulgarian Science Magazine, 09 December 2021
The December ’21 issue of the Bulgarian Science magazine presents some of the postdoctoral researchers and laboratory managers of CPSBB’s team – Dr. Gerganaza Zahmanova (Technology Transfer Department), Dr. Liliya Vasileva and Martina Savova (Plant Cell Biology Department), Dr. Ramadoss Dhanushkodi (Molecular Stress Physiology Department), and Dr. Rafe Lyall (Bioinformatics and Mathematical Modelling Department) as all these experts play a significant role for the realization of the PlantaSYST project and the establishment of the CPSBB.
CPSBB is part of a new fact-checking project that helps journalists and scientists, 15 November 2021
Increasing trust in the media and in science by creating better and more in-depth content is the main goal of the project “Science and Journalism: Together Against Infodemic”, which started in October. The organizations that will work together on it are the Association of European Journalists-Bulgaria (AEJ-Bulgaria), Norsensus Mediaforum, Thracian University, Center for Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (CPSBB), Association for Career Development and Training (ACRO).
CPSBB is part of the COST Action CA20121 Bench to bedside transition for pharmacological regulation of NRF2 in noncommunicable diseases
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, respiratory or immune diseases, account for 77% of all deaths in the EU and remain the most prevalent and without effective therapy. Networking among multidisciplinary teams that face disease from a perspective of causative pathomechanisms rather than clinical symptoms is the most appropriate approach to overcome this problem.
CPSBB, as a part of the K-TRIO 5 project, participates in the European Researchers’ Night, 24 September 2021
For the third consecutive year, CPSBB is part of the consortium that implements the European Researchers’ Night (ERN) in Plovdiv via the K-TRIO 5 project. Coordinating institution is Sofia University. Partners are Association forum science, Trakia University, University of Ruse, University of Burgas, Institute of mathematics and informatics at the Bulgarian academy of science, Club young scientist, Regional history museum Sofia, and other associated partners.
CPSBB’s researchers participated in the Faces of Operational Programme Science and Education for Smart Growth photo exhibition, 14-28 September 2021
Executive Agency “Operational programme science and education for smart growth” together with Sofia Municipality has organized a photo exhibition “The faces of the Operational Program Science and education for smart growth”. The exposition is located in the garden of the National Palace of Culture. It aims to present the people involved in projects funded by the programme – researchers, teachers, mentors, mediators, students and pupils.
CPSBB organized open field days together with Opora Zaden and KBC agro, 22-23 July 2021
The Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (CPSBB) cooperated with Opora Zaden, Bulgaria and KBC Agro Bulgaria in organizing Open Field Days. Opora Zaden’s experimental fields near Plovdiv hosted the event, which was visited by industry representatives, the science community, students and farmers. The event was dedicated to varietal characteristics, growing technology, integrated plant protection methods and fertilization schemes of the local vegetable varieties.
ISF World Seed Congress, 5-7 July 2021
The annual ISF World Seed Congress 2021 was held online, from 5th to 7th of July 2021. The Congress typically attracts approximately 1500 Delegates from all over the globe; Delegates who are the principals, architects and decision makers of the world seed industry’s leading organizations.
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Seminar on European Union’s guidelines for talents in science was held at CPSBB, 30 June 2021
CPSBB members participated in a seminar dedicated to scientific career development, EU science policy, recruitment and management of talents in science. The event emphasized the promotion of Europe as a top scientific hub. It allowed the participants to get familiar with the EU’s latest scientific trends, policies, strategies and main challenges. The keynote speaker, Associate Professor Elisaveta Gurova, delivered a detailed presentation on European policy for researchers and the procedure for implementing the Strategy for Human Resources in Science (HRS4R).
International Conference on Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology, 14-17 June 2021
The International Conference on Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (ICPSBB 2021) was held in the Golden Sands Black Sea Resort, Hotel International, from 14th to 17th of June 2021. The conference was a major educational and dissemination event, which also served to link CPSBB with academic and industrial partners. The organizers of ICPSBB 2021 were the Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (CPSBB) and the Maritsa Vegetable Crops Research Institute (MVCRI). The Chair of the Organizing Committee was Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tsanko Gechev.
Students from Plovdiv University visited CPSBB, 02 June 2021
On June 2, 2021, more than a hundred and twenty undergraduates from the Faculty of Biology from the Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski” visited the Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (CPSBB) under a Memorandum of understanding between the Center and the Plovdiv University. As a Center of Excellence, CPSBB emphasizes on promoting science among young people and strives to educate the next generation of researchers.
Update on the construction of CPSBB’s research complex, 28 May 2021
The construction of CPSBB’s new research campus continues at a high pace. The main building and the adjacent high-tech greenhouses are near their final form, hinting at the enormous potential to be revealed when the campus is completed. In keeping with the age of innovation, the greenhouses will have a cutting-edge digital control system, enabling scientists to adjust various environmental parameters and stay updated on the plants’ development.
Cluster meeting “Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources”, 20 May 2021
Assoc. Prof. Tsanko Gechev, the PlantaSYST Coordinator and CPSBB Director, participated in the Cluster meeting “Sustainable Agriculture and natural resources”. The meeting was organized by Research Executive Agency (REA) and attended by representatives of REA, the European Commission, and many EU projects focused on agriculture and related fields.
Workshop: Bioinformatics and Computational Modeling – RESIST project, 19 May 2021
CPSBB, together with the University of Potsdam, has organized a Workshop in Bioinformatics and Computational Modeling within the RESIST project. The event was dedicated to supervised machine learning approaches for gene regulatory network reconstruction.
CPSBB and Trakia Municipality started the Green Initiative, 05 March 2021
On March 05, 2021, scientists from CPSBB and representatives from Trakia Municipality launched a joint tree-planting campaign under the motto “Green Initiative”. The campaign’s goal is to plant trees and thus provide a better quality environment for the residents in the vicinity of the new scientific campus of CPSBB in the Trakia district.
Green Initiative between CPSBB and Trakia Municipality, 23 February 2021
CPSBB representatives met with the local authorities of the Trakia Municipality to discuss potential partnerships and good practices and marked the start of a joint Green Initiative.
CPSBB’s researchers welcomed the students for an online visit, 21 January 2021
Dr. Nikola Staykov (CPSBB) hosted the online video visit and introduced the students to some general facts about CPSBB its activities and scientific research projects. The visitors were virtually guided around the Center’s laboratories and got acqainted with the scientific equipment and plant growing facilities during a dedicated presentation and tour.
Horizon Europe Seminar, 04 December 2020
CPSBB, represented by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vessela Kazashka, Head of Administration, participated in an online seminar dedicated to the Horizon Europe Framework Programme on 4th of December 2020. The event was organized by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education, Prof. Asen Zlatarov University, and Burgas Free University.
The Researchers’ Night 2020 in Bulgaria, 27 November 2020
Under the motto „Science transforms lives”, in the Researchers’ Night 2020 in Bulgaria we are focusing on the European dimension. Researchers from Academia and Industry come together to raise awareness and discover new perspectives of art, science and society. The Center of plant system biology and biotechnology (CPSBB) presents one of its researchers, who talks about the unifying role of art and science in her life.
Organic Innovation Days 2020, November 2020
Petar Kazakov (CPSBB) participated in the online Organic Innovation Days 2020 on 24-25 November 25 2020.
The Organic Innovation Days provide a unique opportunity to meet members of the European Technology Planform TP Organics, as well as to network with EU stakeholders and decision-makers.
Workshop: NGS – Methods and Genomes Annotation
Workshop: NGS – Methods and Genomes Annotation(online), Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 23-25 November 2020
CPSBB featured on Bulgaria on Air, 13 November 2020
Bulgaria on Air, one of the most reputed Bulgarian national TV, broadcasted an extensive reportage about CPSBB followed by live interview with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tsanko Gechev, the CPSBB Director and PlantaSYST Coordinator. The video presented the Center of Plant Systems Biology, the construction of the new CPSBB campus, as well as the work conducted by some of the CPSBB employees.
Conference Plant Biotechnology: Beyond, 25 September 2020
CPSBB, together with BioTech Atelier and Sofia Tech Park, is organizing the online conference Plant Biotechnology: Beyond. The rapidly evolving Plant Biotechnology is embracing the new developments in plant genome analysis, high throughput technologies, and computational studies in order to provide solutions to agriculture, food and health. Biotechnology approaches nowadays are used to enhance crop production and to make plants more resilient to unfavorable environmental conditions.
Dr. Aakansha Kanojia from CPSBB held her first art exhibition, 1 September 2020
On 1st of September 2020 in Art Class Center, Plovdiv was held the first art exhibition of Dr. Aakansha Kanojia. The event was part of European Researcher’s Night 2020 and was organized by the Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (CPSBB) in cooperation with Art Class Center.
CPSBB participated in the workshop organized by the National Rural Network, 1 September 2020
The marketing expert of CPSBB, Mr. Petar Kazakov, participated in the WORKSHOP on topic:”Addressing the experience in implementing measures to support organic farming with the new ambitious goals of the CAP 2021-2027″ on September 1 2020, in hotel Izvor, Stara Zagora mineral baths.
Biodiversity in tomato and pepper: joint initiative of MVCRI and CPSBB, 07 August 2020
Scientists, breeders, seed producers, and farmers met in MVCRI Plovdiv on 7 August 2020 to present the PlantaSYST tomato and pepper core-collections to different stakeholders, in order to make them familiar with the existing biodiversity and to exchange information and discuss current issues and new perspectives in plant breeding.
Tsanko Gechev participates in а workshop dedicated to Horizon Europe with representatives of the Bulgarian Government, EU Commission, and all universities in Plovdiv, 30 July 2020
The CPSBB Director Dr. Tsanko Gechev, together with Mrs. Marina Mircheva (CPSBB),participated in а seminar dedicated to Horizon Europe. The workshop was organized by the Medical University of Plovdiv, with the support of the Bulgarian Government and the European Commission, and was attended by Rectors and other high-ranked officials of all universities in Plovdiv.
Groundbreaking ceremony for the new research complex of CPSBB, Plovdiv, 16 July 2020
The launch the new CPSBB research complex, funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Operational Program, “Science and Education for Smart Growth” – BG05M2OP001-1.003-0001-C01 project, will begin with a press conference on July 16, 2020, 09:00, at the House of Culture “Boris Hristov”, Plovdiv, 15 Gladstone Street.
CPSBB is part of the COST Action CA19116 PLANTMETALS: Trace metal metabolism in plants
On 03 July 2020, CPSBB became part of the COST Action PLANTMETALS: Trace metal metabolism in plants.
European Organic Congress 2020
Mr. Petar Kazakov, the marketing expert of CPSBB, participated in the European Organic Congress, held online on 1-3 July 2020.
CPSBB participated in open demonstration field days orgnized by Enza Zaden/Opora Zaden Bulgaria and KVS Agro Bulgaria
Mr. Petar Kazakov, the marketing expert of CPSBB, participated in the open demonstration field days organized by Enza Zaden/Opora Zaden Bulgaria and YARA/KVS Agro Bulgaria from 10 to 12 June 2020.
ISF World Seed Congress 2020
The World Seed Congress is the main event of the International Seed Federation (ISF), which promotes the ISF vision and mission to support sustainable agriculture and food security, as well as to promote plant breeding and innovation in seeds.
Vasil Kolev and Veselin Petrov presented the research of CPSBB at the KETBIO webinar
Resurrection plants and regeneration of bones: Eastern European biotechnology in the spotlight.
Milen Georgiev wins the 2020 Pythagoras prize
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Milen Georgiev, PI of IMicB and head of the CPSBB’s Dept. Plant Cell Biotechnology, has won the most prestigious Bulgarian scientific award “Pythagoras” in the category “Life and technical sciences”.
Workshop: Analysing and Visualizing Data with R and Galaxy
Workshop: Analysing and Visualizing Data with R and Galaxy (online), Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 18-20 May 2020
CPSBB teams up with Bioatlantis Ltd. and Amititsa Ltd. to promote the molecular priming technology
Assist. Prof. Dr. Vesselin Petrov and Mr. Peter Kazakov (CPSBB) presented the molecular priming technology and SuperFifty®, an innovative natural plant-protection product developed by the Irish company BioAtlantis Ltd., in a seminar for plant growers of lavender and roses in Karlovo, Bulgaria, on 02 March 2020.
The AGRA 2020 International Agricultural Exhibition
The AGRA 2020 International Agricultural Exhibition was held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, from 19 to 23 February 2020. AGRA 2020 has established itself as the largest economic event for agribusiness in SouthEastern Europe and is organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests of the Republic of Bulgaria.
CPSBB representatives meet with Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, Sofia, 31 January 2020
Scientists from CPSBB and BioAtlantis Ltd. develop molecular priming technology to protect vegetable crops from abiotic and oxidative abiotic stresses
Scientists from CPSBB (Dr. Tsanko Gechev), in cooperation with partners from Mendel University in Brno, the Czech Republic (Dr. Pavel Kerchev), Flanders University of Biotechnology and University of Gent, Belgium (Prof. Dr. Frank Van Breusegem) and BioAtlantis Ltd., Ireland (Dr. Sujeeth Neerakkal) have reviewed the opportunities to develop molecular priming technologies that can protect plants from severe abiotic and oxidative stresses.
Workshop on Horizon Europe (2021-2027) Implementation
The Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, the Romanian Ministry for Education and Research, and the European Commission invited CPSBB and other important organizations in the region to the Bulgarian and Romanian Regional Stakeholder Workshop on Horizon Europe implementation.
CPSBB is the second largest Horizon 2020 beneficiary in Bulgaria
Horizon 2020 is the largest EU Framework program for research and innovation up to date. With a budget of nearly 80 billion EUR for seven years period, the framework set high standards in the field of science and innovations. There are more than 200 Horizon 2020 beneficiaries (universities, research institutes, and companies) in Bulgaria, which have one or more EU projects from the framework program.
Metabolite Profiling Workshop
Metabolite Profiling Workshop, Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm, Germany, 13-17 January 2020
CPSBB and MVCRI utilized high-throughput Tomato Analyzer to speed up fruit phenotyping of Balkan pepper and tomato
Fruit phenotyping is critical step in breeding fruits with desirable fruit size, shape and color for targeted local niche market. Conventionally, fruits morphology has been phenotyped manually and evidently it limits the breeder’s ability to speed up the breeding process and hinders the genetic gain.
Funding for the new CPSBB campus and equipment
On 20th December 2019 the Executive Agency “Operational Program Science and Education for Smart Growth” (OP “SESG”) and the Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (CPSBB) signed the contract for research infrastructure and equipment for the PlantaSYST Project. The overall objective of the procedure BG05M2OP001-1.003-0001-C01 “Complementary support for Bulgarian scientific organizations implementing projects under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, WIDESPREAD-Teaming Phase 2” is to finance the costs ineligible under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme – investment aid for research infrastructure and equipment.
Research Infrastructures of the Future – synergies, sustainability, smart specialization and social impact
National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria, 10 – 11 December 2019
CPSBB partners with Verisem /SUBA Seeds Company
CPSBB received an invitation to further discuss the collaboration between the CSPBB and Verisem/SUBA Seeds and prepare a framework partnership agreement.
Students from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece, and Turkey visit CPSBB
40 young people aged 11-18 from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece, and Turkey visited the Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology on 07.11.2019, under the Science Camp initiative. Science Camp‘s main objective is to encourage and develop an interest in science among young people. As a Center of Excellence in research, it is of importance for CPSBB to promote science especially among youths.
CPSBB is a member of EURAXESS
The Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (CPSBB) became a member of EURAXESS on 12.07.2019. EURAXESS in Bulgaria provides information and assistance to mobile researchers and highly qualified specialists by means of the EURAXESS portal and with the support of national EURAXESS Local Contact Points (LoCPs).
Bioinformatics Workshop. Plovdiv, June 19th, 2019
ISF World Seed Congress, June 2019, France.
CPSBB, represented by Mr. Petar KAZAKOV, participated in the ISF World Seed Congress, organcized by the International Seed Federation (ISF) in Nice, France, from 3 to 5 June 2019.
The International Seed Federation (ISF) is the largest organization that unites biotechnology, vegetable breeding, and seed producing companies all over the world. It is widely regarded as the voice of the global seed industry.During the meeting of the ISF Board of Directors, CPSBB was accepted as member of the ISF.
4th International Conference on Natural Products Utilization 29 May – 01 June 2019, Albena Black Sea Resort, Bulgaria.
The 4th International Conference on Natural Products Utilization: from Plants to Pharmacy Shelf (ICNPU-2019, http://www.icnpu.com/2019/) was organized by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Milen I. Georgiev in Hotel Maritim Paradise Blue*****, Albena Black Sea Resort, from 29 May to 1 June 2019.
Workshop Intellectual Property Management and Technology Transfer, Plovdiv, 20 May 2019
The event is jointly organized by CPSBB and IMBB.
The Head of Administration and the Scientific Coordinator of MPG visited CPSBB
Dr. Rainer Hoefgen, Research Coordinator of MPG, and Ms. Claudia Tagge, Head of the Administration of MPG, visited the CPSBB on April 16th 2019.
RESIST Kick-off meeting, Plovdiv, 12 April 2019
RESIST Kick-off meeting, 12 April 2019 at Hotel Ramada, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Visit of French MSc students to CPSBB
On March 8, 2019, twenty-seven Master degree students in European studies from the Cergy Pontoise University, France, visited the Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (CPSBB) Plovdiv. The main objective of the visit was to learn more about the implementation of European policies in the field of research and innovation.
The Plovdiv City Council voted to grant land and the right for construction on it to CPSBB
With complete unanimity, the Plovdiv City Council voted to grant land and the right for construction to CPSBB. Deputy Mayor Dimitar Katsarsky was the submitter of the proposal. Before the vote, Mayor Ivan Totev spoke out in support of the project.
European Researchers’ Night 2018, CPSBB and MVCRI, Plovdiv, 28 September 2018
The event was organized by CPSBB (Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vesela Kazashka) and MVCRI (Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dimitrina Kostova) on September 28, 2018, in the premises of the Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (CPSBB) and the “Maritza” Vegetable Crops Research Institute (MVCRI). All the events on this day were supported by the European Commission as a part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme (projects K-Trio3 and REFRESH), to boost the careers of researchers. CPSBB employees participated in the preparation, organization and realization of the event.The main purpose of the event was to popularize the science conducted at MVRCI and CPSBB among children, students, and young researchers.
FEBS Advanced Course – Resurrection plants: Hope for crop drought tolerance (ReHOPE), Grand Hotel Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 20-22 September 2018
The course was organized by the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnologies (IMBB), and co-organised by the University of Plovdiv and CPSBB. ReHOPE is devoted to the small but diverse unique group of resurrection plants that can survive extreme water shortages in air-dried state for years.
Workshop on Plant Systems Biology, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 20.04.2018
Workshop on Plant Systems Biology was held on 20.04.2018 in Grand Hotel Plovdiv, Bulgaria
5th International Conference on Advanced Pharmaceutical Research “Pharmaceutical Research for Quality of Life”, Rangsit University, Thailand, 20.02.2018 – 21.02.2018
The 5th International Conference on Advanced Pharmaceutical Research (ICAPR) “Pharmaceutical Research for Quality of Life” was organized by Rangsit University with co-organizers the Blackmores Institute, Australia, and CPSBB. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Milen Georgiev delivered an invited lecture “From plants to pharmacy shelf: can we accelerate this long journey?”.Read More
Bioinformatics SynBio Workshop, Potsdam, Germany, 20.10.2017
The workshop’s focus was towards PhD students and postdoctoral researchers interested in the interface between synthetic biology, bioinformatics, and biotechnology. Prof. Dr. Zoran Nikoloski had a presentation about metabolic engineering strategies in plants and other eukaryotes.
3rd International Conference on Natural Products Utilization (ICNPU- 2017) From Plants to Pharmacy Shelf, Bansko, Bulgaria, 17.10.2017 – 21.10.2017
The conference was organized by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Milen Georgiev (Institute of Microbiology, Laboratory of Metabolomics – IMicB). The CPSBB was a supporting organization of the event. The conference was attended by more than 350 experts from 60 countries. Several colleagues from IMicB and CPSBB took part in the event. Kristiana Amirova represented a poster on the “Effect of Clinopodium vulgare extract on the production of Nitric Oxide, Reactive Oxygen Species and COX2 by Neutrophils”. Prof. Dr. Robert Verpoorte, member of the PlantaSYST International Scientific Advisory Board and Prof. Dr. Alisdair Fernie, leader of the Plant Metabolomics Department at CPSBB were among the keynote speakers of the ICNPU conference. A meeting of the present members of the PlantaSYST consortium was held during the conference to discuss and asses CPSBB research activities and review project proposals on behalf of the Center.
European Researchers’ Night 2017, Plovdiv, Bulgaria 29.09.2017
The event was organized by the PlantaSYST partners MVCRI (Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dimitrina Kostova) and CPSBB on September 29, 2017, the campus of the “Maritza” Vegetable Crops Research Institute (MVCRI). MVCRI participated for the second consecutive year in the “European Night of Scientists 2017” and funded by the project “FRESH – Find Researchers Everywhere and Share” № 722790, Call: H2020-MSCA-NIGHT-2016.
Plant Innovation Workshop in Plovdiv 28 – 30.09.2017
The Plant Innovation Workshop is organized by the Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (CPSBB) Plovdiv, the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) Plovdiv, the University of Potsdam (UP), and the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPG) Potsdam-Golm, within the frame of the project Plant-INNO (“Strengthening the research and innovative capacity of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology in Plovdiv, Bulgaria”), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Kick-off meeting of the PlantaSYST H2020 Teaming Phase 2 Project, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 25.04.2017 – 26.04.2017
Kick-off meeting of the PlantaSYST H2020 Teaming Phase 2 Project was held in Plovdiv on the 25th and 26th of April 2017 in Ramada Trimontium Plovdiv Hotel.
Meeting in Brussels on 23th of November 2016
Meeting of the CPSBB Director Dr. Tsanko Gechev with the EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation Carlos Moedas, the Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic Peter Plavčan, the Director-General of DG Research and Innovation Robert-Jan Smits, and the other Teaming Coordinators at the conference “Spreading Excellence and Crossing the Innovation Divide Conference” in Brussels on 23th of November 2016.
Signature of the PlantaSYST Grant Agreement
The PlantaSYST Grant Agreement No 739582 was signed by the Project Coordinator Dr. Tsanko Gechev and the Director General of DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission Robert-Jan Smits at a special Teaming Award Ceremony in Brussels on 16.2.2017. The signature was part of a meeting between the EU Commission, representatives of all successful Teaming Phase 2 applicants, and representatives from the national authorities providing co-funding.