Training Course "Impact of invasive alien species on biodiversity and ecosystem services in extreme environments"
The aims of the course are as follows:
- Capacity building and increasing awareness on IAS impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services in extreme environments among young scientists and PhD students from Bulgaria and the ESENIAS countries;
- Imparting basic skills and competencies on IAS, its related terminology, the relevant international regulatory framework, networks, projects and information systems;
- Networking and cooperation among scientists in the ESENIAS region.
The training course announcement, preliminary programme and information about the invited lecturers may be found here.
The application form may be downloaded here.
For further information, please visit the ESENIAS webpage .
10th Anniversary "Seminar of Ecology – 2017" with International Participation
The invitation and the registration form can be downloaded here.
Opening of a permanent exhibition on Invasive Alien Species within the ESENIAS-TOOLS project
7th ESENIAS Workshop with Scientific Conference
- Invasive alien species traits and trends
- Vectors and pathways for invasive alien species introductions
- The Danube River as invasive alien species corridor
- Invasive alien species impact
- Invasive alien species prevention and management
Please visit the webpage of ESENIAS for further and more detailed information.
CALL FOR ASSOCIATE PARTNER PROPOSALS
School of ornithology and nature conservation
Bulgarian Ornithological Centre (IBER-BAS) is organising a School of Ornithology and Nature Conservation, following a 29-year tradition. This educational program is free of charge.
The lectures will be held every Tuesday at 18:30 at the Мeeting 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 18 October 2016.
Third International Conference "Malaria and related Haemosporidian parasites in wildlife", 27–29 September 2016, Arbanasi, Bulgaria
- Prof. Pavel Zehtindjiev, Dr. Mihaela Ilieva, Dr. Dimitar Dimitrov, Dr. Aneliya Bobeva, Mr. Martin Marinov, Ms. Karina Ivanova, Mr. Strahil Peev (Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
- Prof. Abdullah Inci, Prof. Alparslan Yildirim, Mr. Arif Ciloglu (Erciyes University, Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases Implementation and Research Center Kayseri, Turkey)
- Prof. Staffan Bensch, Department of Biology Lund University, Sweden
- Prof. Pavel Zehtindjiev, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
- Prof. Gediminas Valkiūnas, Dr. Vaidas Palinauskas, Nature Research Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
- Dr. Ravinder Sehgal, Department of Biology San Francisco State University, USA
State of the art in Haemosporidian parasite genetics, phylogeny, ecology and interactions with wildlife around the globe. Studies from North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe were presented by 45 participants from 17 countries in 32 oral presentations and 12 posters. The program of the conference with abstracts of the presented research is available here.
The best award for the organizers are words of acknowledgments of all participants in the end of the conference summarized by Curators' Professor of Biology at the University of Missouri, St. Louis Robert Eric Ricklefs "This was a great success, and the entire community is grateful to you for taking on the responsibility on such short notice".
/Prof. P. Zehtindjiev, IBER-BAS, 07.10.2016 г./
International Summer School "Advanced methods and new integrated approaches to study soil processes in mountain ecosystems"
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.
/IBER-BAS, 08.02.2016 г./
Seminar of Ecology with International Participation - 2016
Main scientific topics:
- Biodiversity and conservation biology.
- Biotic and abiotic impact on the living nature and mechanisms of adaptation.
- Ecosistem research, services and ecological agriculture.
- Landscape ecology.
- Ecology and education.
- Other related topics.
/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
- IBBIS: Improving the Bulgarian Biodiversity Information System (July 2015 - April 2016). Project coordinator: Chief Assistant Vladimir Vladimirov
- MetESMap: Methodological assistance for ecosystems assessment and biophysical valuation (September 2015 - April 2016). Project coordinator: Chief Assistant Svetla Bratanova-Doncheva
- 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"
The final programme of the event can be downloaded here.
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.
A workshop within ParrotNet project
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.
International Conference on European freshwater turtles
Detailed information can be found on the website of the event.
International Scientific Forum "TERRA MADRE BULGARIA"
Public hearing at the European Court of Justice
A study of a fluke from the sand gobies in the Black Sea coast highlighted by Springer Animal Sciences
Aphalloides cоelomicola alive (video).
A global event for sequencing the oceans: the Ocean Sampling Day results are published
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.
Seminar of Ecology 2015
Third Workshop of SIGNAL project within BiodivERsA Program
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.
Collaboration between IBER-BAS and CSIE, Yeongwol Insect Museum (Yeongwol, Republic of Korea)
International conference on avian haemosporidians
A new species of the green bush crickets described from the Balkans
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)
Celebrating 50 years of The IUCN Red List
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.
40-th International Conference of IAD
FP7 EC project WETLANET awarded
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.
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).
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).
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).
New volume of the series Fauna Bulgarica has been published
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.
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
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
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)
Call for participation in Short Term Scientific Missions
Field guide "Birds of 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.
Wildlife of Gujarat
/Bulgarian Ornithological Centre, IBER-BAS, 17.03.2013/
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.
A new EU e-Infrastructure project making high quality biodiversity knowledge open, accessible and re-usable
More information can be found at the website and wiki-page of the project.
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.