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International Summer School "Advanced methods and new integrated approaches to study soil processes in mountain ecosystems"
 

The Italian Society of Soil Science (SISS) and the COST ACTION project "Enhancing the Resilience Capacity of Sensitive Mountain Forest Ecosystems under Environmental Change (SENSFOR)" are pleased to announce the Joint International Summer School "Advanced methods and new integrated approaches to study soil processes in mountain ecosystems". The event will be held on 26-30 June 2016 at the Alpine Study Center in Pieve Tesino (Trento, Italy).

SENSFOR is a COST Action started in 2012, and is investigating the drivers and extent of contemporary and future environmental changes in European mountain forests, developing methods for estimating their resilience and define consequences for society.
 
The summer school will focus on soil properties to study, as integrated approach, soil processes in mountain ecosystems. The school is devoted to PhD students and young researchers interested to know innovative methods to study in a wider meaning. Discussion among lectures and students will be encouraged to promote their full involvement in order to have a complete vision of soil as a key component of forest
ecosystem.

First announcement

Aplication form

/IBER-BAS, 08.02.2016 г./


Seminar of Ecology with International Participation - 2016

 
Section "Biology" of the Union of Scientists and the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBER-BAS) are pleased to announce "Seminar of Ecology - 2016" with International Participation. The event will be held on 21 - 22 April 2016 at IBER-BAS, 2 Gagarin Street, Sofia.

Main scientific topics:
  1. Biodiversity and conservation biology.
  2. Biotic and abiotic impact on the living nature and mechanisms of adaptation.
  3. Ecosistem research, services and ecological agriculture.
  4. Landscape ecology.
  5. Ecology and education.
  6. Other related topics.
The First announcement and the registration form can be downloaded here.

/IBER-BAS, 08.02.2016 г./


6th ESENIAS Workshop: ESENIAS-TOOLS Kick-Off Meeting

 



The Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBER-BAS) is organiser of the 6th ESENIAS Workshop: East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species – A tool to support the management of alien species in Bulgaria (ESENIAS-TOOLS); ESENIAS-TOOLS Kick-Off Meeting. The workshop will be held on 27th October 2015, at the Conference Hall of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1, 15th November Str., Sofia, Bulgaria.

The workshop has been supported by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014, Programme BG03 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, under the newly launched project: East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species – A tool to support the management of alien species in Bulgaria (ESENIAS-TOOLS), Д-33-51/30.06.2015.

The 6th ESENIAS workshop and ESENIAS-TOOLS project kick-off meeting will bring together scientists, stakeholders and authorities from Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Kosovo, R. Macedonia Romania, Serbia, Turkey, and UK, to:

- Share information on invasive alien species (IAS) related initiatives carried out at regional level, such as national and local monitoring schemes, risk assessments, control and eradication projects, management plans and national strategies, citizens activities and responsibilities;

- Discuss ESENIAS-TOOLS project working plan, tasks and activities, and expected results within different working groups;

- Seek further opportunities for cooperation and networking on IAS in the region and collaboration with other networks and projects, such as the European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN).

/IBER-BAS, 22.10.2015 г./


New projects of IBER-BAS funded by Norwegian Financial Mechanism

 

During the last few months a few teams of scientists from IBER-BAS successfully participated in the Programme BG03 "Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services", Call BG03.02 "Ecosystems mapping and assessment". Seven proposals were contracted and will be funded under the Programme  BG03 in Bulgaria in the frame of Financial Mechanism of European Economic Area (EES, Norwegian Financial Mechanism). The titles, acronyms and the duration of the projects are presented bellow:

  • ESENIAS-TOOLS: East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species – a tool to support the management of alien species in Bulgaria (June 2015 - April 2016). Project coordinator: Assistent Teodora Trichkova
  • WEMA: Wetland Ecosystem services Mapping and Assessment in Bulgaria (September 2015 - April 2016). Project coordinator: Chief Assistant Nevena Ivanova
  • FEMA: Freshwater Ecosystem services Mapping and Assessment in Bulgaria (September 2015 - April 2016). Project coordinator: Professor Yordan Uzunov
  • GRASSLAND: Assessment and mapping of GRASSLAND ecosystems condition and their services in Bulgaria (September 2015 - April 2016). Project coordinator: Professor Iva Apostolova
  • SPA-Ecoservices: Mapping and assessment of sparsely vegetated land ecosystem services in Bulgaria (September 2015 – April 2016). Project coordinator: Professor Svetlana Bancheva
     

/IBER-BAS, 21.10.2015 г./


Programme of the International Scientific Forum "TERRA MADRE BULGARIA"

 
TERRA MADRE BULGARIA will take place for the first time in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 23-25 October, 2015. The forum is a platform of academics, local rural communities, small-scale farmers and food producers. The event is organized within the project ESSEDRA (Environmentally Sustainable Socioeconomic Development of Rural Areas), managed by Slow Food International.

The final programme of the event can be downloaded here.

/IBER-BAS, 15.10.2015/


School of ornithology and nature conservation

 

Bulgarian Ornithological Centre (IBER-BAS) is organising a School of Ornithology and Nature Conservation, following a 28-year tradition. This educational program is free of charge. The lectures will be held every Tuesday at 18:30 at the meeting hall of the National Museum of Natural History - BAS (joint building with Base 2 of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research - BAS, 1 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., 1000 Sofia).

Lecturer: Dr Boris Nikolov

The first lecture will be on 06 October 2015.
 

/Bulgarian Ornithological Centre, IBER-BAS, 01.10.2015/

A workshop within ParrotNet project

 
IBER hosted a one-day workshop within the project "European network on invasive parakeets: Understanding invasion dynamics and risks to agriculture and society" (ParrotNET, COST Action ES1304). Participants from research, governmental and non-governmental organisations from eight countries attended the workshop.

ParrotNet is a European network of scientists, practitioners and policy-makers dedicated to research on invasive parrots, their impacts and the challenges they present. A special focus of the project is the Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri). The species originates from South Asia and currently it is considered one of the 100 worst invasive species in Europe, expanded to more than 100 cities on the continent since the 1970s. P. krameri was recorded for the first time in Bulgaria in 1996 and since then numerous individuals have been observed throughout the country. One breeding attempt was also recorded in the country. Profound knowledge on the invasive species is of crucial importance for setting adequate measures for managing their populations.

/IBER-BAS, 21.07.2015/


International Conference on European freshwater turtles

 
The Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research is pleased to announced the 5th International Symposium on Emys orbicularis and the other European freshwater turtles, 19th–21st August 2015, Kiten, Bulgaria. The Symposium is hosted by the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research and the National Museum of Natural History of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and Fauna Carpatica Košice, Slovakia.

Detailed information can be found on the website of the event.

/IBER-BAS, 16.06.2015/


International Scientific Forum "TERRA MADRE BULGARIA"

 
TERRA MADRE BULGARIA will take place for the first time in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 23-25 October, 2015. The forum is a platform of academics, local rural communities, small-scale farmers and food producers. The International scientific conference "Plant diversity towards society", which will be a major part of the Terra Madre Bulgaria 2015 forum, is the first event for structuring and strengthening the academic network of researchers working to support the preservation and sustainable use of genetic resources in the Balkans.
 
To illustrate the practical use of plants parallel to the scientific conference will be organized a market Bulgarian traditional food. The Market will take place on 24th and 25th of October, 2015 and will be hosted by the first Balkan Kid’s Museum "Muzeiko".
 
The event is organized within the project ESSEDRA (Environmentally Sustainable Socioeconomic Development of Rural Areas), managed by Slow Food International.


First announcement

Registration form

/IBER-BAS, 10.06.2015/


Public hearing at the European Court of Justice

 
On May 20, 2015, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg organized a public hearing in the frames of a case initiated by the European Commission against the Republic of Bulgaria over problems associated with Natura 2000 zones in the region of Kaliakra. Dr Pavel Zehtindjiev, Associate Professor at IBER – BAS, was invited by the Minister of Environment and Waters as a leading expert in the field to provide expertise for the position of Bulgaria.
 
 
/IBER-BAS, 22.05.2015/

CoCoNet documentary

 

As a part of the outreach program, we have produced a 30-min documentary film on CoCoNet, directed by Roberto Rinaldi. It features Marine Protected Areas, ecosystem functioning, and offshore wind farms, with beautiful and colorful footages of both the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
 
Please take a look (link) and show it for various outreach and dissemination activities.

/IBER-BAS, 15.05.2015/

A study of a fluke from the sand gobies in the Black Sea coast highlighted by Springer Animal Sciences

 
Aphalloides coelomicola is a fluke living in the body cavity of sand gobies in European brackish waters. The unusual morphology, life cycle and site of infection of this parasite have resulted into its uncertain position in the classification of trematodes. The recent record of this fluke species from Caucasian Dwarf Goby (Knipowitschia caucasica) in the lagoon Atanasovsko (Black Sea coast of Bulgaria) allowed its characterisation by light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy as well as sequencing its 28S rRNA gene. The results revealed the phylogenetic relationships and the position of the genus Aphalloides in the family Cryptogonimidae. The members of this family typically have a three-host life cycle. From evolutionary point of view, the two-host life cycle of Aphalloides is considered secondarily simplified, with sand gobies being simultaneously second intermediate and definitive host of this parasite.
 
This study was presented in a paper by our colleagues B. Stoyanov, B. Neov, P. Pankov, G. Radoslavov, P. Hristov and B.B. Georgiev published in the international journal Systematic Parasitology. It was highlighted on the popular page of Springer Animal Sciences.

Aphalloides cоelomicola alive (video).
/IBER-BAS, 26.04.2015/

A global event for sequencing the oceans: the Ocean Sampling Day results are published

 
The Ocean Sampling Day (OSD) is a simultaneous sampling campaign of the world’s oceans which took place for the first time on the summer solstice June 21st 2014. These cumulative samples, related in time, space and environmental parameters, provide insights into fundamental rules describing microbial diversity and function. On Mach 3rd 2015, some months after the OSD-2014 took place, DNA from the marine microbial communities thriving in the world’s oceans and populating our surface waters, are sequenced and published on European Nucleotide Archive website.

Among the 150 marine research sites worldwide, sampling event in vicinity of Sozopol has been performed by our colleagues N. Todorova, D. Berov and V. Karamfilov from the Division of Functional Ecology and Bioresources of Marine and Coastal Ecosystems, IBER-BAS. This approach is of key importance for predictions and comparisons of both known and unknown genes for innovative ecological knowledge. The study was designed and performed in the frame of the EU-FP7 Project Micro B3 to facilitate a global, coordinated, standardised campaign in marine data collection.
/IBER-BAS, 11.03.2015/

Seminar of Ecology 2015

 
Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria, Section "Biology" are pleased to announce
 
Seminar of Ecology with International Participation - 2015
 
The event will be held on April 23-24, 2015, at the main hall of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, 2 Yurii Gagarin Street, 1113, Sofia.
 
The invitation of the Organzsing Committee and the registration form could be downloaded here.
/IBER-BAS, 11.02.2015/

Third Workshop of SIGNAL project within BiodivERsA Program

 

SIGNAL project "European gradients of resilience in the face of climate extremes" started in 2013. It is the first project funded by BiodivERsA in Bulgaria and currently involves nine countries. The 3-rd Workshop was organized by Bulgarian team from the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS in Sofia, 3-6 November 2014.

Colleagues from Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, France, Hungary, Izrael, Italy and Turkey participated in the meeting. By its 29 participants this workshop became the most attractive event compared to the previous ones. Discussions addressed the progress of project activities and the output deliverables. Special brainstorm sessions were organized for discussing foreseen scientific papers and the dissemination of results.
 
/IBER-BAS, 10.11.2014/

Collaboration between IBER-BAS and CSIE, Yeongwol Insect Museum (Yeongwol, Republic of Korea)

 
On October 2nd 2014 Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Science (Sofia, Bulgaria), on behalf of acting director Dr. Anna Ganeva, and the Center for the Study of Insect Ecology (CSIE) at the Yeongwol Insect Museum (Yeongwol, Republic of Korea), on behalf of the director Dr. Dae-Am Yi, on the basis of the "Memorandum of Understanding" between IBER-BAS and CSIE (concluded on 07 July 2014) have signed a contract for joint research project on the ecology of the dung beetles (Scarabaeus typhon, S. pius, S. sacer, S. armenicus, Gymnopleurus mopsus etc.) for the purpose of preserving the biological diversity of rare species of insects in the Palaearctic region.
 
/IBER-BAS, 24.10.2014/

International conference on avian haemosporidians

 
The Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences organized and hosted the International Conference on Recent Challenges in Wildlife Avian Haemosporidian Research. The meeting took place in Tulenovo (Bulgaria) on 28th and 29th of September 2014. This conference was arranged to promote results of the Global Grant Project (VPI-3.1.-ŠMM-07-K-01-047) of the Nature Research Centre of Lithuania. Eleven talks on the conference subject were given (Program of the Conference). The bilateral exchange of current stage knowledge in the field of identification, taxonomy, ecology of the haemosporidian parasites as well as their impact on the biodiversity were discussed.
 
For more details about the event, please visit the website of the Avian Haemosporidians Research Group. A photogallery of the event can be found here.
 
/IBER-BAS, 17.10.2014/

A new species of the green bush crickets described from the Balkans

 
Significant amount of data have recently been accumulated on the importance of the Balkan Peninsula as a centre of diversification, main refugium for many organisms to survive Pleistocene cooling and warming periods, and a corridor for spreading fauna and flora from Central and Western Asia to Europe. The Balkans are among the richest (or possibly the richest) in biodiversity, but also the poorest studied territories in Europe. As a leading centre for studying biodiversity in Bulgaria, the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS continues surveys in this topic. On October 14th, 2014, an international team of scientists led by Dr. Dragan Chobanov published a paper with a description of the morphology, behaviour, distribution, and distinctive features of a new species of the well known green bush crickets (genus Tettigonia). Tettigonia balcanica Chobanov & Lemonnier-Darcemont, 2014 has been described from Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia. The Balkan Green bush cricket inhabits the hilly and mountain belt of all high mountains in Bulgaria and one can hear its characteristic loud song in summertime at such famous and crowded places as the Rila Monastery.

For a detailed information on this topic see:
Chobanov, D., Lemonnier-Darcemont, M., Darcemont, C., Puskás, G., Heller, K.-G. (2014). Tettigonia balcanica, a new species from the Balkan Peninsula (Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae). Entomologia 2(2), 209, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4081/entomologia.2014.209 (pdf)
 
Video (courtesy of Asen Ignatov, National Museum of Natural History, BAS)
 
Photos: Tettigonia balcanica sp. n. in nature: male (A) and female (E).
/IBER-BAS, 15.10.2014/

Celebrating 50 years of The IUCN Red List

 
The IUCN Red List is the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of wild species and their links to livelihoods and a powerful tool to inform and catalyse action for biodiversity conservation.

Dr Simon Stuart, the IUCN chair, appeals to the members of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and the public to help spread the word about the importance of the IUCN Red List. "As part of our communications and fundraising campaign to support the 50-th anniversary of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, we have released a stunning video explaining the importance of The IUCN Red List as a powerful tool that drives action for nature conservation. Featuring fabulous images, the video was produced by the photographer and filmmaker Mattius Klum, who is also an IUCN Goodwill Ambassador.", Dr Stuart says.

View the video here, read about the IUCN aims, programs and campaigns, and try help protecting and preserving the World's biodiversity.
 
/IBER-BAS, 14.10.2014/

40-th International Conference of IAD

The Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research is pleased to announce 40th Conference of the International Association for Danube Research (IAD):
 
The Danube and Black Sea region – unique environment and human well-being under conditions of global changes
 
The conference is organised together with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Ministry of Environment and Water of Republic of Bulgaria and the General Secretariat of IAD. The event will be held on 17-20 June 2014 at the Great Hall of the Headquarters of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1 "15 Noemvri" Street, Sofia.
 
For more information, please visit the web-site of the event.
/IBER-BAS, 03.06.2014/

FP7 EC project WETLANET awarded

 
The National Launching Conference of the EU Program for Research and Innovation "Horizon 2020" is held on 18-19 February 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel, Sofia. During the first day of the conference, 13 projects funded by the FP7 EC Work Programme "Capacities" (REGPOT) were awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria.

We are pleased that one of the awarded projects is the FP7 EC project of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, WETLANET, coordinated by Prof. Boyko Georgiev.
 
List of all awarded projects could be downloaded here.
/IBER-BAS, 19.02.2014/


New books

Three new books were published at the end of 2013 with participation of our colleagues from IBER-BAS.

Michailova, P., Chassovnikarova, T., Ilkova, J., Grozeva, S., Chobanov, D., Warchałowska-Śliwa, E., Simov, N., Atanassov, N., Mitkovska, V. & Dimitrov, H. 2013. Genome biomarker test system for environmental risk assessment. Sofia, Moscow: Pensoft Publishers (ISBN 978-954-642-708-3).
 
The book is published by the financial support of National Science Found (Ministry of Education, Youth and Science of Republic of Bulgaria), project "New Integrated Genome bio marker test system: A useful tool in environmental risk assessment in model invertebrate and vertebrate species" (DO-02-259/2009-2012). The book has open access and could be downloaded from the following link.
 

Uzunov Y., L. Pehlivanov, B. B. Georgiev, E. Varadinova (Editors) 2013. Mesta River: biological quality elements and ecological status. Soia, Professor Marin Drinov Academic Publishing House (ISBN 978-954-322-689-4).
 
The book is a part of the dissemination programme of the FP7 Project WETLANET. It can be found in the central bookstore of the Bulgarian Academy of Science and in the library of IBER-BAS. The books produced with the financial support of WETLANET project could be downloaded from the project website.


Denchev, C.M., Venturella,G. & Zervakis, G. (eds) 2013. Identification and sustainable exploitation of wild edible mushrooms in rural areas. Technological Educational Institute of Thesally, Larissa, Greece, 360 pp. (ISBN 978-960-9510-07-3).
 
The book summarised the results of the project MYCOTICON (Grant Agreement no. 2011-1-GR1-LEO05-06802, Lifelong Learning Programme, Leonardo da Vinci), which was accomplished by a consortium of mycologists from Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Cyprus. The Bulgarian team was presented by Prof. C. Denchev, T. Denchev and Dr B. Asyov from IBER-BAS. The book has open access and can be downloaded here.
 
/IBER-BAS, 10.01.2014/

New volume of the series Fauna Bulgarica has been published

 
The Volume 32 of the series Fauna Bulgarica of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research was published. The monograph by Gabriela Georgieva and Gergana Gecheva contains detailed information on the morphology, biology, ecology, distribution and host-range of 36 ixodid ticks recorded in Bulgaria. In addition, the book presents modern methods in fast diagnostic of tick–transmitted diseases, together with an analysis of medical importance and instructions on how to deal with these potentially dangerous ticks.

The monograph could be found at the bookstore of Professor Marin Drinov Academic Publishing House in the building of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and at the bookstore of the National Museum of Natural History in Sofia.
 
/IBER-BAS, 12.09.2013/

The European Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus citellus) has been formed as a biological species on the territory of Bulgaria, as revealed by a new phylogeographic study

 
The European Ground Squirrel (S. citellus) is an endangered species, with declining population numbers throughout its entire geographical range. It is included in the IUCN Red Data Book of threatened species in the category "Vulnerable" and protected by the Biological Diversity Act of the Republic of Bulgaria.

An international team of researchers, with the participation of Dr. Yordan Koshev of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, examined a large number of samples (915 individuals) from 52 localities across 11 countries. The phylogeographic study showed that the territory of Bulgaria is the centre of the ancestral area of this species. The remaining parts of its European geographical range has been formed as a result of several colonization events driven by glacial and interglacial periods. European Ground Squirrel populations from Bulgaria showed the highest genetic diversity as 5 out of 7 the known genetic lineages occur in this country. The results of this study provide the basis for conservation actions and legislative initiatives in the conservations of this globally threatened species.

More information about phylogeography of the European ground squirrel can be found in the article published in the international journal Molecular Ecology:

Říčanová, Š., Koshev, Y., Říčan, O., Ćosić, N., Ćirović, D., Sedláček, F. and Bryja, J. (2013), Multilocus phylogeography of the European ground squirrel: cryptic interglacial refugia of continental climate in Europe. Molecular Ecology, 22: 4256–4269. doi: 10.1111/mec.12382
 
/IBER-BAS, 09.08.2013/


New data about the largest European water insect

 

A new article published in the open access journal Zookeys provides detailed information on karyotype, the chromosome behavior, and the male reproductive system of the largest European water insect Lethocerus patruelis (Heteroptera: Belostomatidae). Interesting insights into the life habits and the distribution of the species on the Balkans are also presented. During the last ten years, there are many new records of this species in Southern Bulgaria, providing evidence that the giant water bug is expanding its territory northwards. Such a wide and abundant distribution of the species in these regions would be a further sign of the recent changes of European bug fauna caused by climate change and an important clue for the effects of global warming.

For more information:

  • Grozeva, S., Kuznetsova, V., Simov, N., Langourov, M. & Dalakchieva, S. (2013) Sex chromosome pre-reduction in male meiosis of Lethocerus patruelis (Stål, 1854) (Heteroptera, Belostomatidae) with some notes on the distribution of the species. ZooKeys 319 (Special issue: Advances in Hemipterology): 119-135 (doi: 10.3897/zookeys.319.4384)

/IBER-BAS, 01.08.2013/


Call for participation in Short Term Scientific Missions

 
The Management Committee of the COST Action "Enhancing the resilience capacity of SENSitive mountain FORest ecosystems under environmental change" (SENSFOR) is inviting early stage researchers to exchange knowledge and learn more about the structure and function of treeline ecosystems and their services by participating in Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM’s), i.e. knowledge exchange between participating host institutions within the SENSFOR network in the 15 participating countries in Europe. We are also inviting potential host institutions within SENSFOR to participate in this program.

Doccuments attached:

/IBER-BAS, 21.05.2013/


Field guide "Birds of the Balkan Peninsula"

 
The second edition of the field guide for beginners "Birds of the Balkan Peninsula" with authors T. Michev. D. Simeonov and L. Profirov, and illustrated by G. Pchelarov, is printed out. The enlarged and wholly revised edition contains 109 colour plates comprising the information for 22 orders and 516 species of birds found in the Balkan Peninsula. The book comes with a CD with general information about the birds in the Balkan Peninsula.

The official presentation of the book will be held on 08 April 2013, 17:30 at the main foyer of the National Museum of Natural History, 1 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.

/IBER-BAS, 03.04.2013/


Wildlife of Gujarat

 
Bulgarian Ornithological Centre and the Department of Animal Diversity and Resources (IBER-BAS) are pleased to invite you to a presentation of our colleague Dr Boris Nikolov entitled "Impressions from wildlife of  Gujarat (India)". The presentation will be held on 21 March 2013, 15:00 at the meeting hall of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS (Base 2, Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., 1000 Sofia).

/Bulgarian Ornithological Centre, IBER-BAS, 17.03.2013/


New books


At the end of the year IBER-BAS is pleased to announced two new print books. The book "Ecosystems of the Biosphere Reserve Srebarna Lake" was printed as a part of the dissemination activities of the FP7 project WETLANET, cofunded by the National Science Fund of Bulgaria. The book is aimed at summarizing the most of the studies have been carried out during the last two decades on the ecosystems of the lake Srebarna. The books can be found in the bookstore of the Headquarters of BAS.
 

Next week we expect the printed version of the book "Atlas of the gobies (Gobiidae) in Bulgaria" with authors M. Vassilev, A. Apostolou, B. Velkov, D. Dobrev and V. Zarev. The publishing of this book was financed by the project "Black sea gobies (Gobiidae) – biological resource of an uderestimated economical and conservation significance" (DO 02-201/2008), funded by the National Science Fund of Bulgaria. The book presents detailed information about the morphology, synonymy and distribution of the gobies in Bulgaria. In addition to the print version, it is distributed like a pdf-file which can be downloaded here.
 
/IBER-BAS, 14.12.2012/

A new EU e-Infrastructure project making high quality biodiversity knowledge open, accessible and re-usable

 
A consortium consisting of major European biodiversity organizations, including natural history museums, botanic gardens, companies and biological societies, announce the launch of pro-iBiosphere. This EU e-Infrastructure coordination project is targeting the preparation of the European Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management System. During its two-year duration, pro-iBiosphere aims to prepare (= pro), through a coordination action, the ground for an integrative system (= sphere) for intelligent (= i) management of biodiversity (= bio) knowledge. Once it becomes operational, the European Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management System will play a major role in facilitating the synthesis of core biodiversity data. It will create an authoritative framework including discovery of new species, naming of specimens and species, identification tools, descriptions, and various other basic types of information. It will also facilitate the acquisition of high quality biodiversity data from various sources, including legacy data, the curation of the data, and at the same time it will optimize the delivery of those data to users.

More information can be found at the website and wiki-page of the project.

/IBER-BAS, 08.11.2012/


National Action Plan for conservation of the Dalmatian Pelican

On 14.09.2012 the National Council of Biological Diversity approved the "National Action Plan for conservation of the Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) in Bulgaria for the period 2013-2022", elaborated by the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS. Additionally, the action plans for the Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) and the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) (elaborated be the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds), were also accepted.

The aim of the National action plan for conservation of the Dalmatian Pelican is to preserve its population in Bulgaria during all periods of its life cycle, i.e. the breeding (with minimum of 100 breeding pairs in 2-3 nesting colonies), migration (between 40 and 530 passing individuals during autumn near Bourgas), wintering (minimum 450 overwintering individuals in the middle of January). The ideal goal of the plan will be a successful restoration of one of the former nesting colony on Persina Island (River Danube) which was existing at the end of 19 century and the restoration of the colonies at the former swamps Mandrensko and Straldgensko.

/IBER-BAS, 20.09.2012/


 


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