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The overall objective of PlantaSYST is to establish a Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (CPSBB) in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, as a joint initiative of three Bulgarian research institutes located in Plovdiv (Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Maritsa Vegetable Crops Research Institute, and the Stefan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology, Laboratory of Metabolomics) and two institutes located in Potsdam, Germany (Potsdam University and Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology).
BG05M2OP001-1.003-0001-C01 “Complementary support for Bulgarian scientific organizations implementing projects under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, WIDESPREAD-Teaming Phase 2”.
A major challenge faced by modern agriculture is abiotic stress caused by unfavourable environmental conditions. Global warming is expected to further intensify these problems, including frequency and severity of drought stress, which seriously affect both crop quality and yield. In this project, we will study the genomes of several resurrection species and compare them with the genomes of desiccation-sensitive plants to identify molecular mechanisms that are involved in drought tolerance. In addition to the publicly available data of resurrection plants with already sequenced genomes, we will sequence and analyze two more- Haberlea rhodopensis and Xerophyta elegans.
The abscisic acid (ABA) regulates plant growth and development as well as confers tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses. However, the ABA pathways that orchestrate plant growth especially floral transition under environmental stresses are poorly explored. Recently, we found that SnRK2s, core components of ABA signalling, are desensitized by HOS15, a novel E3 ligase component. Besides their positive roles in stress adaptation, SnRK2s negatively regulate plant developmental.
NatGenCrop aims at improving stress tolerance of major vegetable crops and design new strategies for maintaining higher yields and food quality even during unfavourable weather conditions. One of the major research directions is exploring the wide genetic and phenotypic variations of vegetables to improve agronomical traits under abiotic stresses. A suite of genetics and genomics approaches, such as GWAS in combination with QTL, will be employed to identify genes contributing to high yield and stress tolerance. In another research direction, the fruit metabolic compositions will be characterized in terms of flavour and healthy related compounds to assess the impact of abiotic stress on fruit quality.
Investigation of the personnel motivation for career development in a regional cluster for crop production .The aim of the project is to study the staff motivation for career development by analyzing data from an empirical study. The main objective will be to analyze the attachment of employees to the organization they work in, as well as their social image.To realize its scientific activities, CPSBB cooperates with a wide range of scientific organizations from the country and abroad. Based on partnership relations and work on national and international projects, for the needs of the current project, a regional cluster on crop production will be formed. It, through its staff, will be the subject of this study. The regional cluster will include partners of CPSBB namely: Maritsa Vegetable Crops Research Institute (MVCRI), AgroBioInstitute (ABI), PU “Paisiy Hilendarski”, Agricultural University – Plovdiv and others.
The main goal of the project ‘Researchers in Knowledge Triangle’ (K-TRIO 3) is to bring researchers and their achievements closer to the society, and young people in particular. The project aims to contribute for increasing the number of researchers and innovators in Europe by making the society and especially young people aware of excellent achievements in research and innovation, in particular: FET flagship initiatives , large scale initiatives like “Next Generation Internet” and HPC, Centres of Excellence and projects with Bulgarian participation supported by the H2020.
COST Action CA19116 PLANTMETALS: Trace metal metabolism in plants
PLANTMETALS aims at elucidating them by the combined expertise of researchers (physiologists, (bio)physicists, (bio)(geo)chemists, molecular geneticists, ecologists, agronomists and soil scientists). It furthermore aims at making this knowledge applicable to the needs of farmers and consumers, with input from companies for translating laboratory results into applied products.
The main goal of Researchers in the Knowledge Triangle (K-TRIO 4) project is to bring researchers closer to society, attract young people to STEM and boost citizens science The project contribute for increasing the number of researchers and innovators in Bulgaria by making the society and young people aware of excellent European achievements in research and innovation the success of Centres of Excellence (CoE) and Centres of Competence and their contribution to the Intelligent Strategy for Smart Specialisation in Bulgaria and regional development.
The Researchers in the Knowledge Triangle (K-TRIO 5) targets the general public, addressing and attracting people regardless of the level of their scientific background, with a special focus on families, pupils and students, and notably those who do not have easy access to, and thus are less inclined to engage in, STEAM or research activities. Activities can combine education aspects with entertainment, especially when addressing young audiences.
CPSBB is a partner in the project “Science and Journalism: Together Against Infodemic”, funded by the Active Citizens Bulgaria under the EEA FM 2014 – 2021. The project coordinator is the Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria and partners: NORSENSUS MEDIAFORUM – Norway, Thracian University – Stara Zagora, Association for Training and Career Development – Plovdiv.