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Awarded scientist from IBER-BAS

 
On 11th November 2018, the Day of the National Revival Leaders was celebrated at ‘Prof. Marin Drinov’ Conference Hall of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS). On the occasion of the celebration, the Governing Council of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences awarded nine scientists and three teams from the BAS for their scientific achievements – being authors of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals most cited in the respective field according to the Web of Science for 2017-2018. Among the recognised scientists was Teodora Trichkova from IBER-BAS who was awarded for her participation in the international study and as a co-author of the article:

Conservation status of freshwater mussels in Europe: state of the art and future challenges

in the journal Biological Reviews

The awards were presented by the Vice-President of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Corr.-Member Konstantin Hadjiivanov and the Chief Scientific Secretary Prof. Evdokia Pasheva.

More information can be found here.
 
/IBER-BAS, 07.11.2018/

School of Ornithology and Nature Conservation

 
Bulgarian Ornithological Centre (IBER-BAS) is organising a School of Ornithology and Nature Conservation, following a 31-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 (shared 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 30 October 2018.
 
/Bulgarian Ornithological Centre, IBER-BAS, 24.10.2018/

IBER-BAS participated in the 7th Annual Forum of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region

 
The Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBER-BAS) participated in the 7th Annual Forum of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (the Danube Strategy, EUSDR), which was held on 18–19 October 2018, in Sofia, Bulgaria.
 
In 2018 Bulgaria is for the first time the rotating Presidency of the Danube Strategy. The Annual Forum was jointly organised by the Bulgarian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works and the European Commission, in cooperation with the Danube Transnational Programme. The main focus of the event was on tourism development as a precondition to economic growth and territorial cohesion. During the forum, current activities and projects within the 11 Priority Areas of the EUSDR were presented and discussed by participants at specially dedicated meeting corners.
 
IBER-BAS presented published materials about of the Danube River Invasive Alien Species Network (DIAS) and its activities at the meeting corner of Priority Area 06: Preserving biodiversity, landscapes and the quality of air and soils. Several books related to invasive alien species (IAS) and prepared in the frames of DIAS and East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species (ESENIAS) were presented as well.
 
DIAS was established in 2014, with the mission to promote an improved coordination among all actors in the field of IAS within the Danube Region. Since then, several joint projects with the participation of countries in the Danube Region within the frame of DIAS and coordinated by the IBER-BAS, such as Danube – IAS Corridor and Danube–IASapp, have been conducted. Currently, the main focus of DIAS is the completion of the DIAS Strategy and Work Plan. The DIAS Strategy provides the goals and objectives, possible measures and recommendations, and defines relevant actors on seven IAS key topics. The 5th DIAS meeting will be hosted by IBER-BAS in December 2018, in Sofia, Bulgaria.

More information may be found here

/IBER-BAS, 23.10.2018/


IBER-BAS participates in the international project under the INTERREG Danube Transnational Programme

 
The Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences is a partner in the international project under the INTERREG Danube Transnational Programme, named "MEASURES: Managing and restoring aquatic EcologicAl corridors for migratory fiSh species in the danUbe RivEr baSin". Project duration: 01.06.2018 - 31.05.2021.
 
Sturgeons and other migratory fish species represent a historic, economic and natural heritage of the Danube River Basin and are indicators of the ecological status of aquatic ecosystems, especially of the functionality of ecological corridors. Their populations have suffered substantially from overfishing, pollution, habitat destruction and disruption of their migration routes. Habitat fragmentation, as well as the lack of comprehensive knowledge on available habitats for migratory fish and on genetic diversity impede the restoration of migration corridors, vital to secure migratory fish on the long run.
 
MEASURES will pave the way for the establishment of ecological corridors through identifying key habitats and initiating protective measures along the Danube and its main tributaries. A methodology for migratory fish habitat mapping will be developed and tested. A harmonized strategy (including prioritization) for the restoration of ecological corridors will be developed and will support implementation in future management plans. Two pilot actions are envisaged: (1) identify and map key habitats, (2) restocking of two native species to conserve their genetic pool. To achieve the main objectives as well as proper long-term and intersectoral stakeholder involvement, a variety of tools, strategies and pilot actions will be developed and promoted.

MEASURES brings a clear transnational additional value to the Danube Region, as it addresses key objectives of the EUSDR, of the RBMP and targets to align several legal frameworks and EU targets such as the WFD, FD, FFHD and biodiversity targets of the EU by compiling new knowledge and providing guidelines for the transnational management of key habitats of migratory fish to achieve an efficient conservation and re-establishment of these ecological corridors.

The project is composed of six work packages and IBER-BAS is involved in four of them as follows:
  • WP1 Project Management: IBER-BAS will contribute to the project management as a Project Partner (ERDF PP 7) according the Project Management Document with Action Plan included in a Project Handbook established in the beginning of the project. Coordinator of the project from IBER-BAS is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Luchezar Pehlivanov, head of the Department of Aquatic Ecology.
  • WP2 Communication activities: IBER-BAS will participate in preparation of internal communication plan and an external communication strategy and will provide content and feedback for the communication materials and will provide required content for the website during all project phases, on achievements and results of the project.
  • WP3 Infosystem eco-corridors: (1) establish a MEASURES Information System (MIS) including all relevant information on ecological corridors for the conservation of long- and medium-distance migratory fish of the DRB and (2) to enhance capacity at national and transnational level by integrating water management and nature conservation and by strengthening the support for the conservation of migratory fish by improving ecological corridors.
  • WP5 Strengthen migratory fish: The objective is to save, revive and strengthen migratory fish populations by the introduction of sciencebased conservation stocking (ex-situ).
Expected benefits for IBER-BAS: Enhance the capacity for scientific and conservation activities concerning sturgeons and the Danube river as a whole through transnational cooperation, data exchange, creating data base and networking; obtaining new knowledge; development of  interrelations with national and local authorities and local stakeholders with regard to raising the support for field and other activities focused on sturgeon revival.

Budget in Euro:
Overall: 2512931,08; ERDF Contribution: 2045645,09; IPA Contribution: 90346,27

For more information:
- Short project description
 
 
/IBER-BAS, 02.08.2018/

IBER-BAS participates in a project funded by the OP Science and Education for Smart Growth

 
Insttitute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research started its participation in a new project funded by the OP Science and Education for Smart Growth 2014-2020, aimed at developing research and innovation capacity in the field of creative and recreational industries. The project "Center for Intelligent Solutions in Creative and Recreational Industries" (INCREA) (BG05M2OP001-1.002-0008-C01) is a joint initiative of 8 research organizations and headed by the Higher School of Management - Varna.
 
Within the framework of the project, IBER-BAS plans to set up an Experimental ex situ lab for conservation of the Bulgarian flora and Biodiversity information transfer center to contribute to providing benefits for entrepreneurship, development of new/improved products and processes, strengthening the intensity of knowledge transfer, the creation of prerequisites for new research and the development of human and social capital.
 
Coordinator for IBER-BAS: Assoc. Prof. Dessislava Dimitrova
 
More information about the participants of the consortium, the aime and activities of the project could be found here.
 
/IBER-BAS, 15.05.2018/

MAES-related activities of IBER-BAS

 
The European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009–2014 through programme BG03 Biodiversity and Ecosystem services funded the national scale mapping and assessment of ecosystems and ecosystem services outside NATURA 2000 at EUNIS 3 level.
 
The mapping and assessment was performed in parallel by several projects, each of whose mapped and assessed one or two of the nine ecosystem types in Bulgaria. The projectspromoted by IBER were: Freshwater Ecosystem Services Mapping and Assessment in Bulgaria (FEMA) – also assessing marine ecosystems, Wetland Ecosystem Services Mapping and Assessment in Bulgaria (WEMA), Assessment and mapping of grassland ecosystems condition and their services in Bulgaria (GRASSLANDS), Mapping and assessment of sparsely vegetated land ecosystem services in Bulgaria (SPA-Ecoservices).  The projects further performed additional activities for some ecosystem types, notably an assessment of Ecological Focused Areas (EFAs) in two pilot locations.
 
IBER-BAS was also a key partner in the horizontal supporting project Methodological Support for Ecosystem Services Mapping and Biophysical Valuation (MetEcoSMap) and in its framework, authored the Methodological Framework for assessment and mapping of ecosystem condition and ecosystem services in Bulgaria (see links in the attached document). It further participated in the IBBIS project, collaborating in the work package on Invasive Alien Species (IAS).
 
A complete update of MAES-related activities of IBER-BAS as of December 2017 can be seen here.
/IBER-BAS, 12.03.2018/

International Gull Meeting
 

With great interest passed the 13th International Gull Meeting (IGM) held between 8th and 11th February 2018 in Ruse, Bulgaria. The event was organized by the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBER-BAS). The International Gull Meeting has a long-standing tradition beginning in the early 90’s in gathering professional and nonprofessional ornithologists from different countries. The meeting was organized for the first time in Bulgaria, and succeed in attracting more than 40 participants from 14 countries.
 
During the IGM were presented reports about the difficulties in identification of the gull species breeding in Central Siberia and the Middle East by Mars Muusse, Netherlands and Amir Ben Dov, Israel. A survey about recent studies on migration of the Audouin’s gull from Croatia using satellite transmitter was presented by Dr. Luka Jurinovic, Croatia. Part of the presented studies also focused on genetics, breeding biology and ecology of gulls from the genus Larus. Part of the presentations are available online on the following link.
 
High interest for the participants was the recently found mixed colony of Caspian (Larus cachinanns) and Yellow-legged (L. michahellis) gulls in the city center of Ruse. Birds of the two species were possible to be observed from the venue of the meeting.
 
On behalf of the organizing committee we would like to thank Ruse Municipality for their collaboration and the opportunity to visit the local landfill during the IGM, where the participants enjoyed and observed the variety of wintering gulls in the region.

Further information: igm2018ruse@gmail.com
 
Coordinator of the meeting: Strahil Peev (IBER-BAS)

/IBER-BAS, 20.02.2018/


Joint Management Committee and Working Groups Meetings of COST action CA15226, "Climate-Smart Forestry in Mountain Regions"

 

During the period 13–15 Feb 2018, Joint Management Committee and Working Groups Meetings of COST action CA15226, Climate-Smart Forestry in Mountain Regions (acronym CLIMO) will be organized by the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (IBER) and the Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics (IPPG) of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The meeting will take place at "Park Hotel Moskva" as well as a scientific visit will be organized to Rila Monastery Forest Enterprise and Rila Monastery Natural Park where meetings with local stakeholders have been scheduled.

The main tasks of COST action "Climate-Smart Forestry in Mountain Regions" are to:
 
(i) improve livelihood of inhabitants in mountain regions by sustainably increasing ES provided by forests and their payment;
 
(ii) enhance the adaptation and resilience of mountain forests to climate change;
 
(iii) optimise the CC mitigation potential of mountain forests, focusing on the most efficient and cost-effective mitigation options and capitalising on adaptation-mitigation synergies.

More information about the COST action CA15226, Climate-Smart Forestry in Mountain Regions can be found at the following websites: CLIMO, COST-actions.

/IBER-BAS, 11.02.2018/


"Seminar of Ecology – 2018" with International Participation

 
Section "Biology" of the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria and the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS kindly invite you to attend the 11th "Seminar of Ecology – 2018" with International Participation.
 
The event will be held on 26-27 April 2018 at IBER-BAS, 2 Gagarin Street, Sofia.

The invitation and the registration form can be downloaded here.
 
Deadline of registration and the abstracts submittion: 26 March 2018.

/IBER-BAS, 26.01.2018/


30-th Anniversary of School of Ornithology and Nature Conservation

 

Bulgarian Ornithological Centre (IBER-BAS) is organising a School of Ornithology and Nature Conservation, following a 30-year tradition!

Join us celebrating the start of the new season on 31.10.2017 at the Aula of the Faculty of Biology, Sofia University (8 Dragan Tsankov Blvd.). Special thanks to our partners for this event - Faculty of Biology at the Sofia University and touroperator Traventuria!

After 7.11.2017 (incl.) all 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). Lecture duration - 60-90 min. Lecturer: Dr Boris Nikolov.

This educational program is free of charge. It was founded by Prof. Dimitar Nankinov in 1988 and it has considerable contribution in generating and keeping interest towards birds and nature in general in hundreds of people over the years - mainly pupils and students. It proved to be among the very few long-term activities existing entirely on a volunatry basis.

/Bulgarian Ornithological Centre, IBER-BAS, 24.10.2017/


10th Anniversary "Seminar of Ecology – 2017" with International Participation

 
Section "Biology" of the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria and the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS kindly invite you to attend the 10th Anniversary "Seminar of Ecology – 2017" with International Participation. The event will be held on 27-28 April 2017 at IBER-BAS, 2 Gagarin Street, Sofia.

The Program of the event can be downloaded here.
 
Deadline of registration and the abstracts submittion: 24 March 2017.
 
/IBER-BAS, 24.04.2017/

7th ESENIAS Workshop with Scientific Conference

 
The Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (IBER) will host the 7th ESENIAS Workshop with Scientific Conference entitled: Networking and regional cooperation towards Invasive Alien Species Prevention and Management in Europe, which will be held on 28-30 March 2017, in Sofia, Bulgaria.
 
In recent years, IBER has been working activily on issues related to invasive alien species (IAS). The Institute is a founder and leading organisation of two European regional networks: East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species (ESENIAS) and Danube Region Invasive Alien Species Network (DIAS), of which a total of 20 countries are currently members. The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for presentation of multidisciplinary research activities on various topics related to IAS, highlighting the importance of regional cooperation in finding solutions at the national, regional and European levels.
 
The topics to be covered at the conference are as follows:
  1. Invasive alien species traits and trends
  2. Vectors and pathways for invasive alien species introductions
  3. The Danube River as invasive alien species corridor
  4. Invasive alien species impact
  5. Invasive alien species prevention and management
 
The conference is funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014, Programme BG03 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, under the project: East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species – A tool to support the management of alien species in Bulgaria (ESENIAS-TOOLS), D-33-51/30.06.2015.
 
The conference announcement may be found here.

Please visit the webpage of ESENIAS for further and more detailed information.

/IBER-BAS, 16.01.2017/


Training Course "Impact of invasive alien species on biodiversity and ecosystem services in extreme environments"

 
The Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (IBER-BAS) will host a training course "Impact of invasive alien species on biodiversity and ecosystem services in extreme environments" on 03-04 April 2017, in Sofia.
 
The training course has been jointly organised by IBER-BAS, Reykjavik University, Iceland, East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species (ESENIAS), and Danube Region Invasive Alien Species Network (DIAS), and funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014, Programme BG03 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, under the project: East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species – A tool to support the management of alien species in Bulgaria (ESENIAS-TOOLS), D-33-51/30.06.2015.

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.
To apply, please submit a filled application form with a short motivation to the Programme committee at the following e-mail address: esenias2017training@gmail.com.

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 .
 
/IBER-BAS, 25.02.2017/

10th Anniversary "Seminar of Ecology – 2017" with International Participation

 
Section "Biology" of the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria and the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS kindly invite you to attend the 10th Anniversary "Seminar of Ecology – 2017" with International Participation. The event will be held on 27-28 April 2017 at IBER-BAS, 2 Gagarin Street, Sofia.

The invitation and the registration form can be downloaded here.
 
Deadline of registration and the abstracts submittion: 24 March 2017.
 
/IBER-BAS, 25.01.2017/

Opening of a permanent exhibition on Invasive Alien Species within the ESENIAS-TOOLS project

 
At 2.00 pm on 26 January 2017, in the Leventis Hall of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, a permanent exhibition devoted to the invasive alien species will be opened. Those species are considered as one of the greatest threats to biodiversity alongside climate change and habitat destruction.
 
The preparation of this exhibition is one of the goals under project: East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species – A tool to support the management of alien species in Bulgaria (ESENIAS-TOOLS), D-33-51/30.06.2015, funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014, within the frame of Programme BG03 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
 
The exhibition has been arranged jointly by IBER and NMNH and its main aim is to inform the public about the threats to biodiversity and ecosystem functions, which are posed by the introduction and spread of alien species in the territory of Bulgaria and Europe as a whole.
 
See here further information about this event and its schedule.

/IBER-BAS, 16.01.2017/


CALL FOR ASSOCIATE PARTNER PROPOSALS

 
Institute of Oceanology – Bulgarian Academy of Science, Varna is opening a procedure for selecting associated partners for the project proposal for "Sustainable Management of the Marine Environment and it’s Resources - SUMMON", funded by the Operational Programme "Science and Education for Smart Growth" 2014-2020 (OP SESG), Priority Axis 1. Research and technological development, procedure title: Creation and development of Centers of Excellence, Specific Objective 1. Enhancing excellent and market-oriented research.
 
For the purpose of this call, associated partner means: all natural persons and legal entities and consortia thereof constituting an interested party with regard to the project implementation and involved in the implementation of the project activities but which do not spend grant funding. Eligible associated partners under the procedure will be legal entities supporting the project implementation.
 

/IBER-BAS, 13.12.2016/


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.

/Bulgarian Ornithological Centre, IBER-BAS, 15.10.2016/

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./


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/

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/

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/

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/


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/


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/

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/