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Vlada Peneva

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Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
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Curriculum vitae


- 1987: PhD, Central Laboratory of Helminthology, BAS;

- 1980: MSc, Faculty of Biology, St Kliment Okhridski University of Sofia


- 2000-2010: Senior Research Scientist, Central Laboratory of General of Ecology, BAS;
- 1996-2000: Research Associate, Central Laboratory of General of Ecology, BAS;
- 1995-1996: Research Associate, Institute of Ecology, BAS;
- 1987-1995: Research Associate, Insitute of Parasitology, BAS.

Study visits:

- 1987: six month visit to the Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands, Testing the suitability of 11 cultivars as hosts of Meloidogyne hapla at green-house conditions;

- 1997-1998: one year Royal Society Fellowship at Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee, Scotland, studying the nematodes of climax types of vegetation in Scotland;

- 1999: one month visit to the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee, Scotland, investigating the taxonomy of nematodes of the genus Longidorus.

Current Research Projects:

- 2009-2011: CEBDER - Development of National Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research; funded by NSF (DO 02-15/2009)

-2009-2011: Biological diversity of aquatic ecosystems in wetlands of flood plane of the Lower Danube regarding optimizing ecosystem functions under global climate change; funded by NSF (DО 02-352/2009)

-2009-2010: Development of sustainable agriculture in South-East Europe: Risk assessment of virus vector nematodes (family Longidoridae) in agricultural and horticultural crops in Slovenia and Bulgaria; funded by NSF, bilateral agreement between Bulgaria and Slovenia

-2007-2009: Assessment of the influence of fragmentation on the bio-resources in urban areas; funded by NSF (TKB-1616/06)

-2005-2007: BioCORE – Centre for biodiversity and ecosystem research; funded by NSF

- 2004-2007: Biodiversity and ecology of nematodes of family Longidoridae from Bulgaria and adjacent territories; funded by the National Scientific Fund (NSF);

- 2004-2006: Morphology, molecular markers and phylogeny of the genus Xiphinema (Nematoda: Longidoridae); funded by the NSF;

- 2003-2004: Conflicts between human activities and the conservation of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes, grasslands, forests, wetlands and uplands in Europe; funded by EU 5th Framework Programme/BIOFORUM-ACC, EVK2-CT-1999-2006;

- 2003-2004: Fauna Europaea; funded by EC 5th Framework Programme;

- 2001-2004: Assessment of the dynamics of structural and functional parameters of chestnut ecosystems in South West of Bulgaria; funded by Ministry of agriculture and forests, Bulgaria;

- 1999-2003: Biological diversity, biocoenotic organization and conservation of biota at Livingston Island, Antarctica; funded by the Bulgarian Antarctic Institute - NSF;


- 1995: Practicals on nematodes at the High School of Forestry, Sofia.

- 1996-2000: Specialised course in nematology at The Plovdiv University “ Paisii Hilendarsky” - lectures and practicals.

Membership in professional bodies:

- European Society of Nematologists
- Bulgarian Parasitological Society.

Research interests

- Fauna and ecology of plant nematodes of oak forests, other natural habitats and forest nurseries;

- Systematics of the families Longidoridae, Trichodoridae and Criconematidae;

- Nematodes from extreme habitats

- Systematics of the order Mononchida.


Пенева, В., Чолева, Б. 1987. Ектопаразитни нематоди от сем. Criconematidae от горски разсадници в България. Хелминтология, 24: 37-52.

Peneva, V. 1987. Description of the male of Criconemella pseudosolivaga (de Grisse, 1964) Luc et Raski, 1981 (Nematoda, Criconematidae). Comptes rendus de l'Academie bulgare des Sciences, 40 (3): 129-130.

Peneva, V. 1988. Nematodes of the fam. Trichodoridae (Diphtherophorina) from forest nurseries in Bulgaria. Хелминтология, 26: 47-66.

Чолева, Б., Неделчев, С., Пенева, В., Костадинова, А. 1989. Изпитване на препарата Каунтер срещу паразитни фитонематоди в горски разсадници. Горско стопанство, 6:17-19.

Peneva, V. & J.J. s' Jacob. 1990. [Host suirtability of some cultivars to Meliodogyne hapla]. In: Gall nematodes of crops and integral control in openfield and greenhouses, Donish, Dushambe, 31-32. (In Russian).

Choleva, B., Peneva V. & Brown, D.J.F. 1991. Longidorus latocephalus Lamberti, Choleva & Agostinelli, 1983, a junior synonym of L. pisi Edward, Misra & Singh, 1964 (Nematoda: Dorylaimida). Revue de Nematologie, 14 (4): 505-509.

Peneva, V., S. Nedelchev. 1992. On the morphology and distribution of Rotylenchus agnetis Szczygiel, 1968 (Nemata: Hoplolaimida) in Bulgaria. Fundamental and Applied Nematology, 15 (1): 91-96.

Peneva, V., B. Choleva. 1992. Nematodes of family Longidoridae from forest nurseries in Bulgaria. I. Genus Longidorus Cobb, 1913. Хелминтология, 32: 35-46.

Peneva, V., B. Choleva. 1992. Nematodes of the family Longidoridae from forest nurseries in Bulgaria. II. Genus Xiphinema Cobb, 1913. Хелминтология, 32: 47-66.

Deltshev, Ch., Andreev, S., Blagoev, G., Golemansky, V.Milojkova, G. Peneva, V. Dobrev, D., Todorov, M. & Hubenov, Z. 1998. Invertebrates (Non-Insecta) in Bulgaria. In: Bulgaria’s Biological Diversity: Conservation status and needs assessment, Vol I and II. (Ed. C. Meine,) Washington, D.C.: Biodiversity Support Program.109-161.

Пенева, В., Чолева, Б. 1993. Повреди, свързани с фитохелминти, по корените на семеначета в горски разсадници. Сборник доклади от Национална конференция по лесозащита, 89-97. 30 март 1993, София.
Peneva, V. & L. Penev. 1993 (publ. 1994). Spatial changes in trichodorid and longidorid assamblages in relation to climatic and habitat variation. Comptes rendus de l'Academy bulgare des Sciences, Vol. 46 (8): 117- 120.

Peneva, V. & B. Choleva. 1994. Plant-parasitic nematodes associated with pine trees in Bulgaria. Bulletin EPPO/OEEP Bulletin, 24 (2): 459-466.

Peneva, V. & S. Nedelchev. 1995. Longidorus aetnaeus Roca et al., 1986 (Nematoda: Dorylaimida): a first record from Bulgaria and the description of a male specimen. Systematic Parasitology, 31: 215-219.

Peneva, V. & Nedelchev, S. 1995. New records of plant nematodes from oaks (Quercus spp.) in Bulgaria. Comptes rendus de l'Academy bulgare des Sciences, T. 38 (3): 61-62.
hipev, N., Peneva, V. & Nedelchev, N. 1996. Abundance and distribution of nematode feeding groups in relation to habitat on Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands (Antarctica). In: Golemansky, V. & Chipev, N. (Eds) Bulgarian Antarctic Research. Life Sciences: 82-92.Pensoft Publishers.

Peneva, V. Chipev, N. & S. Nedelchev.1996. Prionchulus punctatus Cobb, 1917, a new record from Patagonia (Chile), with notes on other mononchids from Antarctic regions. In: Bulgarian Antarctic Research. Life Sciences: 93-101.

Peneva, V., B. Choleva & S. Nedelchev.1997. Description of Longidorus fagi n. sp. (Nematoda, Dorylaimida) with an identification key to the other species of the genus occurring in Bulgaria. Systematic Parasitology 36: 115-122.

Lazarova, S., Peneva, V. & Neilson, R. 1998. Nematodes of the genus
Tripyla Bastian, 1865 (Enoplida) from woodlands in Bulgaria. Russian Journal of Nematology, 6: 165-174.

Peneva, V., Loof, P.A.A. & Brown, D.J.F. 1998. Longidorus seinhorsti sp. n., (Nematoda: Dorylaimoidea) from the Netherlands. Fundamental and applied Nematology, 21: 605-609.

Peneva, V., Neilson, R., Boag, B. & Brown, D.J.F. 1998. The morphology of Jensenonchus sphagni (Brzeski, 1960) n. comb. Nematologica, 44: 255-268.
Peneva, V. 1998. Soil nematodes. In: Biodiversity of the Srebarna Biosphere reserve. Cheklist and Bibliography. (Eds: Michev, T. Georgiev, B.B., Petrova, A.V. & Stoyneva, M.R.), p. 58.

Peneva, V., Orion, D., Shlevin, E., Bar-Eyal, M. & Brown, D.J.F. 1998. Longidorus israelensis sp.n. (Nematoda: Dorylaimoidea), a parasite of carrots in Israel. Fundamental and applied Nematology, 21 (6): 715-721.

Peneva, V., Neilson, R. & Nedelchev, S. 1998. Mononchid nematodes from oak forests in Bulgaria. I. Subfamily Anatonchinae with descriptions of Anatonchus genovi sp. n. and Tigronchoides querci sp. n. Nematology, 1: 37-53.

Peneva, V., Loof, P.A.A. & Brown, D.J.F. 1999. Longidorus dalmassoi sp. n. from France. Nematology 1: 557-560.

Peneva, V. & Chipev, N. 1999. Laimaphelenchus helicosoma (Maslen, 1979) n.comb. (Nematoda: Aphelenchida) from Livingston Island. In: Golemansky, V. & Chipev, N. (eds). Bulgarian Antarctic Research. Life Sciences, Sofia & Moscow, Pensoft, 2: 57-61.

Deltshev, Ch., Beron, P., Blagoev, G., Golemansky, V., Peneva, V., Stoev, P. Todorov, M. Hubenov, Z. 2000. Faunistic Diversity of Invertebrates (Non Insecta) of the Rila National Park. In: Biological diversity of the Rila National Park. (Sakalyan, M. Ed), 249-284.

Deltshev, Ch., Beron, P., Blagoev, G., Golemansky, V., Peneva, V., Stoev, P. Todorov, M. Hubenov, Z. 2000. Faunistic Diversity of Invertebrates (Non Insecta) of the Central Balkan National Park. In: Biological diversity of the Rila National Park. (Sakalyan, M. Ed), 289-317.

Peneva, V., Neilson, R., Boag, B. & Brown, D.F.J. 2000. Criconematidae (Nematoda) from oak forests in two natural reserves in Russia. Systematic Parasitology, 46: 191-201.

Zheng, J., Peneva, V. & Brown, D.J.F. 2000. Longidorus camelliae sp. n. (Nematoda: Longidoridae) associated with ornamental cultivars of Camellia japonica growing in a nursery at Fuyang, Zhejian province, eastern China. Systematic parasitology 47 (2): 119-125.

Lazarova, S., Peneva, V. & Penev, L. 2000. Nematode assemblages from the moss Hypnum cupressiforme Hedw. growing on different substrates in a balkanic durmast oak forest (Quercus dalechampii Ten.) on Mount Vitosha, Bulgaria. Nematology 2(3): 263-272.

Nedelchev, S. & Peneva, V. 2000. Description of three new species of the genus Mesodorylaimus Andrássy, 1959 (Nematoda: Dorylaimidae) from Livingston Island, Antarctica, with notes on M. imperator Loof, 1975. Russian Journal of Nematology, 8 (2): 161-172.

Brzeski, M., Peneva, V. & Brown, D.J.F.2000. Longidorus balticus sp. n. (Nematoda: Longidoridae) from coastal sand dunes in northeast Poland. Annales Zoologici (Warszawa), 50 (3): 177-182.

Peneva, V. & Nedelchev, S. 2000. Plant nematodes from two oak forests in North-West Bulgaria. Annuaire de L’Universite de Sofia “St Kliment Ohridski”, Livre 1 - Zoologie. 91: 49-82.

Tzortzakakis, E.A., Peneva, V., Terzakis, M., Neilson, R. & Brown, D.J.F.2001. Longidorus cretensis n. sp. (Nematoda: Longidoridae) from a vineyard infected with a foliar “yellow mosaic” on Crete, Greece. Systematic Parasitology, 47: 131-139.

Peneva, V., Loof, P.A.A., Penev, L.D. & Brown, D.J.F. 2001. Description of the male and first stage juvenile of Longidorus intermedius Kozlowska & Seinhorst, 1979 (Nematoda: Dorylaimida), and notes on morphology and distribution. Systematic Parasitology 49: 127-137.

Lazarova, S., Peneva, V., Loof, P. 2002. Description of one new and three known species of Paravulvus Heyns, 1968 (Nematoda: Nygolaimidae) from Bulgaria and notes on the taxonomy of the genus. Nematology 4: 489-504.

Peneva, V., Lazarova, S. & Chipev, N. 2002. Description of the male of Enchodelus (Rotundus) signyensis Loof, 1975 (Nematoda, Nordiidae) from Livingston Island, Antarctica, and notes on its morphology and distribution. In: Golemansky, V. & Chipev, N. (Eds). Bulgarian Antarctic Research. Life Sciences, Vol. 3: 83-90. Pensoft , Sofia-Moscow.

Mladenov, A., Lazarova, S. & Peneva, V. 2004. Nematode assemblages of litter and soil from a mixed forest in ‘Knjaz Borisova gradina’ Park. In: Penev, L., Niemela, J., Kotze, J. & Chipev, N. (Eds.). Ecology of the city of Sofia. Species and Communities in Urban Environment, pp. 281-297. PENSOFT Publishers.

Lazarova, S.S., de Goede, R.G.M., Peneva, V.K. & Bongers, T. 2004. Spatial patterns of variation in the composition and structure of nematode communities in relation to different microhabitats: a case study of Quercus dalechampii Ten. forest. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 36(4): 701-712.

Lazarova, S. Nedelchev, S. & Peneva, V. 2004. New records of plant nematodes in Bulgaria. Comptes rendus de l'Academie bulgare des Sciences 57(5), 97-98.

Kuzniar, A., Gheorghe, I., Krecmer, V., Niemtur, S., Penev, L., Peneva, V., Richards, C., Scharffova, K. & Twardy, S. 2004. 7. Uplands:75-87. In: Young, J., Halada, L., Kull, T., Kuzniar, A., Tartes, U. & Watt, A. (Eds) Conflicts between human activities and conservation of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes, grasslands, forests, wetlands and uplands in the Acceding and Candidate Contries (ACC), CEH, Glassel, Scotland, 97 pp. BIOFORUM report.

Големански, В, Тодоров, М., Пандурски, Ив., Георгиев, Б., Узунов, Й., Пенева, В., Консулова, Ц., Кожухаров, Д., Андреев, Ст., Стоев, П. 2005. Биоразнообразие на нисши безгръбначни животни в България: Съвременно състояние, проблеми, перспективи. В: Петрова. А. (Ред.) Съвременно състояние на биоразнообразието в България,105-127. Аракан,София.

Lazarova, S., Mladenov, A. & Peneva, V. 2005. Soil nematodes as biological indicators of soil quality. In: Proceedings of the National conference with international participation Management, Use and Protection of Soil Resources, 15-19.06.2005, Sofia, 152-154.

Zullini, A. & Peneva, V. 2005. Order Mononchida. In: Freshwater Nematodes - Ecology and Taxonomy, Eyualem, A.; Andrassy, W.; Traunspurger, W. (eds.), CABI Publishing, Cambridge, MA, USA. 468-496.

Nedelchev, S. & Peneva, V. 2007. Description of the male of Mesodorylaimus chipevi Nedelchev & Peneva, 2000 (Nematoda: Dorylaimidae) from Livingston Island, Antarctica. Russian Journal of Nematology 15(2): 75-77.

Mincheva, Y., Lazarova, S. & Peneva, V. 2008. Xiphinema pirinense n. sp. (Dorylaimida: Longidoridae), a new species with a digitate tail from Bulgaria. Systematic Parasitology, 70: 215-222.

Mincheva, Y., Lazarova, S. & Peneva, V. 2008. Nematode assemblages from Pinus peuce Griseb. communities in Northern Pirin Mountain, Comptes Rendus de l’Academie Bulgaire des Sciences BIOLOGIE, Ecologie 61: 1169-1174.

Tzortzakakis, E.A., Peneva, V., Brown, D.J.F. & Avgelis, A.D. 2008. A literature review on the occurrence of nematodes of the family Longidoridae in Greece. Nematologia mediterranea 36: 153-156.

Lazarova S., De Luca, F. & Peneva, V.K. 2008. On two closely related species of the Xiphinema americanum-group: X. simile Lamberti, Choleva et Agostinelli, 1983 and X. parasimile Barsi et Lamberti, 2004 (Longidoridae), with a description of the male of X. parasimile. ZooKeys 3: 29-50.

Mincheva, Y., Lazarova, S. & Peneva, V. 2009. Nematode assemblages from Mountain Pine (Pinus mugo Turra) communities in Pirin Mountain. Helminthologia 46: 49-58.

Peneva, V., Lazarova, S., Elshishka, M., Makarova, O. & Penev, L. 2009. Nematode assemblages of hair-grass (Deschampsia spp.) microhabitats from polar and alpine deserts in the Arctic and Antarctic. In: Golovach, S.I., Makarova, O.L. Babenko, A.B.& Penev, L.D. (Eds) Species and Communities in extreme environment. Pensoft Publishers and KMK Scientific Press, 419-438.

Peneva, V., Sususlovsky, A. & Lazarova, S. 2009. Description of Longidorus holovachovi n. sp. (Nematoda: Dorylaimida) and Xiphinema sp., a member of Xiphinema americanum group from Ukraine. Russian Journal of Nematology, 17 (2): 115 – 126.

Kornobis, F.W. & Peneva, V. 2011. Longidorus piceicola Lišková et al., 1997 and L. poessneckensis Altherr, 1974 (Nematoda: Longidoridae) - new records from Poland with first description of L. poessneckensis male and a bivulval female. Systematic Parasitology 80 (3): 205-216.

Lazarova, Я., Elshishka, M. Peneva, V. & Biserkov, V. 2011. Soil biodiversity in a changing environment. Proceedings International Conference 100 years Bulgarian Soil Science 16-20 May 2011, Sofia, 746-749.

Širca S. Urek G, Lazarova, S Elshishka M, Peneva,V. 2011. Longidorus carniolensis sp. n. (Nematoda, Longidoridae) from vineyard soil in Slovenia. ZooKeys 141: 1–27, doi: 10.3897/zookeys.141.1906.

Peneva, V., Lazarova, S., Nedelchev, S. & Elshishka, M. 2012. (P. Beron, Ed.) Plant nematodes of the Rhodopes Mountains: an overview and additional data. In: Beron P. (Ed.). Biodiversity of Bulgaria 4. Biodiversity of Western Rhodopes (Bulgaria and Greece), 31-54. II. Pensoft & Nat. Mus. Natur. Hist., Sofia.

Peneva, V. K. Urek, G. Lazarova, S.. Širca, S Knapič, M. Elshishka, M. Brown D. J. F. 2012. Longidoridae and nepoviruses in Bulgaria and Slovenia. Helminthologia, 49, 1: 49 – 56.

Elshishka, M., Lazarova, S. Peneva, V. 2012. Studies of the genus Enchodelus Thorne, 1939 (Nematoda, Nordiidae) from Arctic polar deserts. 1. Species with long odontostyle: E. makarovae sp. n. and E. groenlandicus (Ditlevsen, 1927) Thorne, 1939, with an identification key to the species of the E. macrodorus group. ZooKeys. 2012, (212): 1–23.

Bontă (Groza), M., Peneva, V., S. Lazarova , Roşca I. 2012. Diversity of Xiphinema species (Nematoda: Dorylaimida) associated with different crops in Romania Scientific Papers. Series A. Agronomy, Vol. LV-2012. ISSN 2285-5785; ISSN-L 2285-5785

Shokoohi, E. Mehrabi-Nasab, A., Mirzaei, M. * Peneva, V. 2013. Study of mononchids from Iran, with description of Mylonchulus kermaniensis sp. n. (Nematoda: Mononchida). Zootaxa, 3599 (6): 519–534.

Amrei, Sh. B., Pedram, M., Pourjam, E., Elshishka, M., Ghaemi, R. & Peneva, V. 2013. New data on Longidorus aetnaeus Roca, Lamberti, Agostinelli & Vinciguerra, 1986 (Nematoda: Longidoridae) from Iran and Ajaria, Georgia. Systematic Parasitology 85:173–187 DOI 10.1007/s11230-013-9414-y

De Luca, F., Lazarova, S., Troccoli, A., Vovlas, N. & Peneva, V. 2013. Morphological and molecular characterisation of Xiphinema macroacanthum Lamberti, Roca & Agostinelli, 1989 (Nematoda: Longidoridae) from olive orchards in southern Italy. Systematic Parasitology, 85: 157-171.

Elshishka, M., Lazarova, S., Peneva, V.K. 2013. Heterodorus magnificus ALTHERR, 1952 and H. arcuatus (THORNE, 1939) (Nematoda: Dorylaimida) from Arctic polar deserts, new geographic records". Acta zoological bulgarica, 65 (in press)


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