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Daniela Pilarska

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Address: Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
blvd. "Tzar Osvoboditel" 1, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria

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Curriculum vitae

Date and birth place: 7 January 1957, Sofia.

Education: 1980 – M.Sc. of Biology, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Biology

Scientific degrees: Ph.D.
Position: Professor
Scientific career:

• 1980‐1983 – Research Scientist, Institute of Zoology, BAS
• 1983-1987 – Ph.D. Student, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
• 1987 -2002 –Assistant, Institute of Zoology, BAS
• 2002-2010 – Associate Professor, Institute of Zoology, BAS
• 2010-2012 – Associate Professor, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS
• 2012 – Professor, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS

Defended thesis :
• 1987 – Research on the microsporidia of some important lepidopteran species in Southwest Bulgaria, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Membership in scientific organisations: Society of Invertebrate Pathology, Member at Large” in „Microsporidia Division”, Bulgarian Society of Parasitology.

Research projects: Coordinator or participant in more than 16 national and international research projects.

Five more recent (2008-2012) selected projects are listed below:

• Monitoring of the introduction of microbial antagonists in gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar L) populations in Bulgaria and laboratory investigation of the mode of transmission, DFG, University of applied science, Eberswalde, Germany (coordinator Bulgarian part – Dr. Daniela Pilarska)
• Biodiversity and biology of entomopathogens of economical important forest pest insects in Bulgaria. BG-funded, coordinator – Dr. Daniela Pilarska
• Impact of entomopathogenic fungus Entomophaga maimaiga Humber, Shimazu & Soper on gypsy moth Lymantria dispar (Linnaeus) population and entomofauna biodiversity in oak ecosystems in Bulgaria (BG-funded, coordinator – Dr. Georgi Georgiev)
• Alien terrestrial arthropods and their importance for biodiversity of Bulgaria (BG-funded, coordinator – Dr. Rumen Tomov)
• Modelling the expansion of an urticating pest with regard to climate change (INRA-funded, coordinator – Dr. Alain Roques)

Education activity:
• Lecturing Protoparasitology at the Department „Zoology and antropology” of the Faculty of Biology, Sofia University
• Lecturing Invertebrate Zoology at the Department of "Natural science" of New Bulgarian University, Sofia University

• Supervisions of Master and PhD students

Publications: more than 70 publications.

Research interests

Protozoa, insect pathology, microsporidia and entomopathogenic fungi, biological control of pest insects


Selected recent publications:
Pilarska D., Todorov M., Pilarski P., Djorova V. Solter L., Georgiev G. 2013. Bioassays for detection of the entomopathogenic fungus Entomophaga maimaiga (Entomophtorales: Entomophtoraceae) in soil from different sites in Bulgaria. Acta zoologica bulgarica, 65,(2),173-177.

Georgieva M., Georgiev G., Pilarska D., Pilarski P., Mirchev P., Papazova-Anakieva I., Naceski S., Vafeidis P., Matova M. 2013. First record of Entomophaga maimaiga (Entomophthorales: Entomophthoraceae) in Lymantria dispar populations in Greece and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia. Sumarski list, 5-6, 307-311.

Georgiev G., Mirchev P., Rossnev B., Petkov P., Georgieva M., Pilarska D., Golemansky V., Pilarski P., Hubenov Z. 2013. Potential of Entomophaga maimaiga for supressing Lymantria dispar outbreaks in Bulgaria. Compts rendus de l’Academie Bulgare des Sciences, 66 (7), 1025-1932.

Nedelchev, S., Pilarska, D., Takov, D., Golemansky, V. 2013. Protozoan and nematode parasites of the American coakroach Periplaneta americana (L.) from Bulgaria. Acta zoologica bulgarica, 65, 403-408.

Hrasovec, B., Pernek, M., Lukic, I., Diminic, D., Franjevic, M., Hajek, A., Linde, A., Pilarska, D. 2013. First record of the pathogenic fungus Entomophaga maimaiga Humber, Shimazu and Soper (Entomophtorales: Entomophtoraceae) within an outbreak populations of Lymantria dispar (Lepidoptera: Erebidae) in Croatia. Periodicum Biologorum, 115, 379-384.

Mirchev, P., Linde, A., Pilarska, D., Pilarski, P., Georgieva, M., Georgiev, G. 2013. Impact of Entomophaga maimaiga on gypsy moth populations in Bulgaria. IOBC – WPRS Bulletin, 9, 359-363.

Georgieva M., Takov D., Georgiev G., Pilarska D., Pilarski P., Mirchev P., Humber R., 2014. Studies on non-target phyllophagous insects in oak forests as potential hosts of Entomophaga maimaiga (Entomophthorales: Entomophthoraceae) in Bulgaria. Acta zoologica bulgarica, 66, 115-120.

Zúbrik M., M. Barta, D. Pilarska, D. Goertz, M. Úradník, J. Galko, J. Vakula, A. Gubka, S. Rell, A. Kunca. 2014. First record of Entomophaga maimaiga (Entomophthorales: Entomophthoraceae) in Slovakia. Biocontrol Science and Technology, 24, 710-714.

Kereselidze, M., Draganova, S., Pilarska, D., Linde, A. 2014. Susceptibility of Lymantria monacha and L. dispar to the entomopathogenic fungus Isaria fumosorosea Wize. Sumarski list, 3-4, 185-191.

Грозева, С., Тричкова, Т., Любомиров, Т., Огнянова, Н., Пиларска, Д., Иванов, Д., Симов, Н., Часовникаровa, Ц. 2014. Климатичните промени и влиянието им върху биологичното разнообразие и екосистемите. Сборник доклади на конференция на Български ловно рибарски съюз „Законодателство и научни изследвания в Европа и България”, Елин Пелин, 1.03.2013 г., 13-36.

Contarini, M., Luciano, P., Pilarska, D., 2014. Preliminary investigations to possible introduction of Entomophaga maimaiga in Sardinia. IOBC-WPRS Bulletin, 101, 227-233.

Pilarska, D., Radek, R., Huang, W.F., Takov, D.I., Linde, A., Solter, A. 2015 Review of the genus Endoreticulatus (Microsporidia, Encephalitozoonidae) with description of a new species isolated from the grasshopper Poecilimon thoracicus (Tettigoniidae) and transfer of Microsporidium itiiti Malone to the genus. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 124, 23-30.

Milotic, M., Mujezinovic, O, Trestic, M., Pilarska, D., Diminic, D. 2015. First record of gypsy moth entomopathogenic fungus Entomophaga maimaiga Humber, Shimazu & Soper in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sumarski list, 1-2, 59-67.

Contarini, M., Ruiu, L., Pilarska, D., Luciano, P. 2015. Potential impact of Entomophaga maimaiga Humber, Shimazu and Soper (Entomophtorales, Entomophtoraceae) on the Lepidopteran fauna inhabiting cork forests in Sardinia (Italy), Redia, 98, 93-97.

Pilarska, D., Hajek, A., Keena, M., Linde, A., Kereselidze, M., Georgiev, G., Georgieva, M., Mirchev, P., Takov, D., Draganova, S. 2016. Susceptibility of nun moth, Lymantria monacha, larvae to the entomopathogenic fungus Entomophaga maimaiga under laboratory versus field condition. Acta zoologica bulgarica, 68, 117-126.

Contarini M., Ruiu L., Pilarska D., Luciano P. 2016. Different susceptibility of indigenous populations of Lymantria dispar to the exotic entomopathogen Entomophaga maimaiga. Journal of Applied Entomology, 140 (4), 317-321.

Zúbrik, M., Hajek, A., Pilarska, D., Špilda, I., Georgiev, G., Hrašovec, B., Hirka, A., Goertz, D., Hoch, G., Barta, M., Saniga, M., Kunca, A., Nikolov, C., Vakula, J., Galko, J., Pilarski, P. and Csóka, G. 2016. The potential for Entomophaga maimaiga to regulate gypsy moth Lymantria dispar (L.) (Lepidoptera: Erebidae) in Europe. Journal of Applied Entomology, 140 (8), 565–579.

Teofilova, T., Mecheva, S., Pilarska, D. 2016. The lower valley of the Tundzha river and the adjacent protected areas and zones – conservation significance in terms of the invertebrate fauna. Ann.Univ.Sofia, 101 (4), 71-84.

Pilarska, D., Georgiev, G., Golemansky, V., Pilarski, P., Mirchev, P., Georgieva, M., Tabakovic-Tosic, M., Todorov, M., Takov, D., Pernek, M., Hrasovec, B., Milotoc, M., Dautabasic, M., Mujezinovic, O., Naceski, S., Anakieva_Papazova, I., Matova, M., Vafeidis, P. 2016. Entomophaga maimaiga (Entomophtorales, Entomophtoraceae) in Balkan peninsula – an overview. Silva Balcanica, 17 (1), 31-40.

Pilarska, D., Takov, D., Solter, L. 2017. Current state of microsporidia research in Bulgaria. Seminar of Ecology, 2016 with International participation, 21-22.04.2016, Sofia. Proceedings, 15-18.

Vladova, D., Takov, D., Pilarska, D. 2017. New data about prevalence of Endoreticulatus poecilimonae (Microsporidia: Encephalitozoonidae) in the grasshopper Poecilimon thoracicus (Orthoptera: Tettigonida). Annuaire de Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculte de Biologie, 102 (4), 28-32.

Pilarska D., Takov D., Hylis M., Radek R., Fiala, I., Solter L., Linde A. 2017. Natural occurrence of microsporidia infecting Lepidoptera in Bulgaria. Acta Parasitologica, 62(4), 853-858.

Draganova, S., Doychev, D., Pilarska, D., Takov, D. 2017. Bioassays with entomopathogenic fungi against some xylophagous insects in Bulgaria - laboratory and field experiments. Acta zoologica bulgarica, 69, 411-419.

Zúbrik, M., Pilarska, D., Kulfan, J., Barta, M., Hajek, A., Bittner, T. D., Zach, P., Takov, D., Kunca, A., Rell, S., Hirka, A., Csóka, G. 2018. Phytophagous larvae occurring in Central and Southeastern European oak forests as a potential host of Entomophaga maimaiga (Entomophthorales: Entomophthoraceae) – A field study.Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 155, 52-54.

Zúbrik, M., Špilda, I., Pilarska, D., Hajek, A., Takov, D., Nikolov, Ch., Kunca, A., Pajtík, J., Lukasova, K., Holusa, J. 2018. Distribution of the entomopathogenic fungus Entomophaga maimaiga (Entomophthorales: Entomophthoraceae) at the northern edge of its range in Europe. Annals of Applied Biology, 173, 35-41.

Pilarska, D., Georgiev, G., Dobreva, M., Takov, D., Mirchev, P., Doychev, D., Georgieva, M., Nachev, R., Dermendzhiev, P., Draganova, S., Linde, A., Hajek, A. E. 2018. Pathogens and parasitoids of forest pest insects in the region of the Forest Protection Station Plovdiv (Bulgaria), during the period 1990-2017. Silva Balcanica, 2018, 19, 3, 49-59.

Pilarska, D., Kereselidze, M., Linde, A. 2019. Spore viability of microsporidian species isolated from Lymantria dispar after long-term storage in liquid nitrogen. Sumarski list, 7-8, 319-324.

Takov, D, Doychev, D, Pilarska, D, Draganova, S, Nedelchev, S, Linde, A. 2018. Occurrence of pathogens and nematodes in forest beetles from Curculionidae and Attelabidae in Bulgaria. Biologia, 74, 10, 1339-1347.

Kereselidze, M., Pilarska, D., Linde, A. 2019. First record of a microsporidium in the population of brown marmorated stink bug Halyomorpha halys (Stål, 1855) (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) in the Republic of Georgia. Acta zoologica bulgarica, 71, 3, 427-432.

Barta М., Zúbrik М., Kulfan J., Zach P., Pilarska D., Hajek A., Bittner T. D., Takov D., Kunca A., Rell S., Hirka A., Csóka G. 2019. Non-target phyllophagous insects in oak forests of central and southeastern Europe as potential hosts of Entomophaga maimaiga. IOBC-WPRS Bulletin, 145, International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants, West Palearctic Regional Section (IOBC-WPRS), 1-5.

Pilarska D., Schafellner C., Georgiev G., Georgieva M., Mirchev P., Zelinka P.,Grollnigg K., Goertz D., Linde A., Hoch G. 2020. Entomophaga maimaiga, an introduced pathogen of the gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar, in Europe: A joint study in Bulgaria and Austria. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie, 22, 285-288.

Takov D., Pilarska, D., Linde A., Barta, M. 2020. Infectious and parasitic diseases of phytophagous insect pests in the context of extreme environmental conditions. Central European Forestry Journal, 67(2), 72-84.

Kereselidze, M., Pilarska, D., Linde, A., Sanscrainte, N. D., Hajek, A.E. 2020. Nosema maddoxi infecting the brown marmorated Stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), in the Republic of Georgia. Biocontrol Science and technology. 30, 10, 1083-1089.

Barta, M., Horáková, M. K., Georgieva, M., Mirchev, P., Georgiev, P., Zaemdzhikova, G., Pilarska D., Takov, D., Todorov, M., Hubenov, Z., Pilarski, P., Georgiev, G. 2020. Entomopathogenic fungi (Ascomycota: Hypocreales) as natural antagonists of the pine processionary moth, Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Lepidoptera: Thaumetopoeidae), in Bulgaria. Acta zoologica bulgarica, Supplement 15, 89-96.

Holuša; J., Zubrik; M., Resnerová; K., Vanická; H., Liška; J., Mertelík; J., Takov; D., Trombík, J., Hajek; A., Pilarska, D. 2020. Further spread of the gypsy moth fungal pathogen, Entomophaga maimaiga, to the west and north in Central Europe. Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection. Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection - New Series, 128, 323–331.

Takov, D., Pilarska, D., Linde, A., Barta, M. 2020. Infectious and parasitic diseases of phytophagous insect pests in the context of extreme environmental conditions. Central European Forestry Journal, 67(2), 72-84.

Takov, D., Ostoich, P., Tchorbanov, A., Pilarska, D.. Order Diptera as model in studies of insect immunity: a review. Turkish Journal of Zoology, 44, 6, 481-489.

Barta, M., Takov, D., Pilarska, D., Doychev, D., Horáková, M. K. 2020. Entomopathogenic fungi of Beauveria genus and their pathogenicity to Ips typographus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in the Vitosha Natural Park, Bulgaria. Journal of Forest Science, 66, 420-435.

Takov, D., Tchorbanov, A., Pilarska, D., Ostoich, P.. Lepidopterans as model organisms in studies of insect immunity: a review. Polish Journal of Entomology, 89, 4, 207-225.

Hoch, G., Pilarska, D., Georgieva, M., Georgiev, G., Mirchev, P., Schafellner, C. 2020. Erstnachweis des insektenpathogenen Pilzes Entomophaga maimaiga in Populationen des Schwammspinners in Österreich.. Forstschutz Aktuell, 66, 2, 1-5.


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