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Teodora Toshova

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

e-mails: tbt@ldm.bg and teodora_toshova@yahoo.com

Curriculum vitae

Education:

1997: MSc in Biology (entomology), University of Sofia, Sofia
2001: PhD in Zoology, Institute of Zoology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia; title of doctoral thesis: “Biological activity of new and unusual for order Lepidoptera sex pheromones”. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Sci. Mitko Subchev

Post Doc specialization:

2002-2003: twelve months, Royal Society postdoctoral research fellow, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, United Kingdom; work on project entitled "Host selection by cereal stem-boring Lepidoptera". Supervisor: Prof. John Pickett

Employment:

1996-1997: Technical assistant, Institute of Zoology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
1997-1998: Biologist, Institute of Zoology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
2002-2010: Researcher, Institute of Zoology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
2010-at present: Associate Professor, Institute of Zoology, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Recent research projects:

Pheromone and kairomone (plant) attractants for beetle pests (Insecta: Coleoptera), joint research project between Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS, Bulgaria and Plant Protection Institute, HAS, Hungary, 2013-2015, project coordinator Bulgarian part – Dr. Teodora B. Toshova

Biologically-based approaches for control of the grey corn weevil Tanymecus dilaticollis Gyllenhal, 1834 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), BG funded, 2009-2012, project coordinator – Dr. Teodora B. Toshova

Development and optimizing of pheromone and floral baits and their use in investigations on the ecology and biodiversity of insects, BG funded, 2009-2012, project coordinator Prof. Dr. Sci Mitko Subchev

Teaching:

2005-2007: Ecological bases of pest control, University of Sofia, practical course for MSc students

Research interests

Insect chemical ecology, usage of pheromone and plant attractants in plant protection, plant-insect interactions, agricultural pests, electrophysiology, insect behaviour, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera

Publications

Francke, W., E. Plass, N. Zimmermann, H. Tietgen, S. Franke, M. Subchev, T. Toshova, J. A. Pickett, L. J. Wadhams, C. M. Woodcock. 2000. The major sex pheromone component of the female herald moth, Scoliopteryx libatrix (L.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), is the novel branched alkene (6Z,13)-methylheneicosene. J. Chem. Ecol., 26, 5: 1135-1149.

Subchev, M., T. Toshova, L. Stanimirova, Gh. Stan, G. Embacher, W. Francke, A. Reckziegel, T. Ferreira, E. Priesner. 2000. 1-methyl octanoate, a new lepidopteran sex pheromone from the bagworm Megalophanes viciella (Denis & Schiffermuller) (Lepidoptera: Psychidae). J. Chem. Ecol., 26, 2: 487-495.

Subchev, M., M. Tóth, D. Wu, L. Stanimirova, T. Toshova, Z. Karpati. 2000. Sex attractant for Diloba coeuruleocephala (L.) (Lepidoptera: Dilobidae) - (Z)-8-tridecenyl acetate. J. Appl. Entomol., 124, 197-199.

Furlan, L., M. Tóth, W.E. Parker, M. Ivezic, S. Pancic, M. Brmez, R. Dobricncic, J.I. Barcic, F. Muresan, M. Subchev, T. Toshova, Z. Molnar, B. Ditsch, D. Voigt. 2001. The efficacy of the new Agriotes sex pheromone traps in detecting wireworm population levels in different European countries. Proceedings of XXI IWGO Conference, Legnaro Italia, 27 Ottobre – 3 Novembre 2001: 293 - 304.

Тошова, Т., М. Събчев. 2002. Сезонен мониторинг на лозовата пъстрянка Theresimima ampellophaga (Lepidoptera, Zygaenidae) с феромонни ловилки. Acta entomol. bulg., 1,2: 5-9.

Тошова, Т., М. Събчев. 2002. Сезонен летеж на вредителя по върбата и тополата Scoliopteryx libatrix (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Acta entomol. bulg., 1-2: 34-39.

Francke, W., S. Franke, J. Bergmann, T. Tolasch, M. Subchev, A. Mircheva, T. Toshova, A. Svatos, B. Kalinova, G. Szocs, M. Toth. 2002. Female sex pheromone of Cameraria ohridella Desch. and Dim. (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae): Structure confirmation, synthesis and biological activity of (8E,10Z)-8,10-tetradecadienal and some analogs. Z. Naturforsch., 57c: 739-752.

Subchev, M., T. Toshova, M. Tóth, Z. Imrei, A. Reckziegel. 2002. Sex Pheromone Communication of Megalophanes viciella (Lepidoptera: Psychidae): Electrophysiological and Behavioral Activity of Some Compounds Related to the Main Sex Pheromone Component of the Species. Entomol. Gener., 26: 153-159.

Subchev, M., E. Voigt, J. Mikulás, M. Tóth, T. Toshova, W. Francke. 2003. Using pheromone traps for the detection of the vine-bud moth Theresimima ampellophaga (Bayle-Barelle, 1808) (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae, Procridinae) and monitoring its seasonal flight period, pp. 138-144, figs 1-4. In: Efetov, K. A., Tremewan, W. G. & Tarmann, G. M. (Eds), Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Zygaenidae (Lepidoptera) Innsbruck (Austria), 4-8 September 2000. Simferopol, 2003: 1-360.

Toshova, T., M. Subchev. 2003. Sex pheromone communication in Theresimima ampellophaga Bayle-Barelle (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae): female calling behaviour and male electroantennographic response to synthetic pheromone compounds. Acta zool. bulg., 55, 1: 43-51.

Toshova, T., M. Subchev, W. Francke. 2003. Scoliopteryx libatrix (L.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) male reaction to the synthetic main sex pheromone component and its isomers - wind tunnel and field investigations. J. Appl. Entomol., 127: 195-199.

Subchev, M., T. Toshova, M. Tóth, L. Furlan. 2004. Click beetles (Coleoptera: Elateridae), and their seasonal swarming as established by pheromone traps in different plant habitats in Bulgaria: 1. Meadow. Acta zool. bulg., 56, 2: 187-198.

Subchev, M., T. Toshova, M. Tóth, E. Voigt, J. Mikulás, W. Francke. 2004. Catches of vine bud moth Theresimima ampellophaga (Lep., Zygaenidae: Procridinae) males in pheromone traps: effect of the purity and age of baits, design, colour and height of the traps, and daily sexual activity of mаles. J. Appl. Entomol., 128: 44-50.

Subchev, M., M. Raikova, T. Toshova, I. Vasev. 2005. Poplar twig borer, Gypsonoma aceriana (Lepidoptera, Tortricidae) – investigations by pheromone traps in Bulgaria. Acta entomol. bulg., 11, (1-2): 65-72.

Subchev, М., M. Raikova, I. Vasev, T. Toshova, F. Griepink. 2005. Seasonal flight of the poplar clearwing moth Paranthrene tabaniformis Rott. in Bulgaria, established by pheromone traps. Acta entomol. bulg., 11, (1-2): 73-81.

Subchev, M., T. Toshova, L. Furlan, M. Tóth. 2005. Click beetles (Coleoptera: Elateridae), and their seasonal swarming as established by pheromone traps in different plant habitats in Bulgaria: 2. Maize. Acta zool. bulg. 57, 3: 321-332.

Toshova, T., M. Subchev. 2005. Circadian rhythm of female calling and mating in Procridinae (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae). Acta entomol. bulg. 11, (1-2): 57-64.

Birkett, M. A, K. Chamberlain, Z. R. Khan, J. A. Pickett, T. Toshova, L. J. Wadhams, Woodcock, C. M. 2006. Electrophysiological responses of the lepidopterous stemborers Chilo partellus and Busseola fusca to volatiles from wild and cultivated host plants. J. Chem. Ecol., 32, 11: 2475-2487.

Chamberlain, K., Z. R. Khan, J. A. Pickett, T. Toshova, L. J. Wadhams. 2006. Diel periodicity in the production of green leaf volatiles by wild and cultivated host plants of stemborer moths, Chilo partellus and Busseola fusca. J. Chem. Ecol., 32, 3: 565-577.

Subchev, M., T. Toshova, L. Furlan, M. Tóth. 2006. Click beetles (Coleoptera: Elateridae) and their seasonal swarming as established by pheromone traps in different plant habitats in Bulgaria: 3. Potato. Acta zool. bulg., 58, 3: 361-370.

Subchev, M., T. Toshova, J. A. Tsitsipis, K. D. Zarpas, J. T. Margaritopoulos. 2006. Distribution and seasonal flight of Theresimima ampellophaga (Bayle-Barelle, 1808) in Greece estimated by pheromone traps. Acta zool. bulg., 58, 3: 345-354.

Toshova, T. B., M. A. Subchev, M. Tóth. 2007. Role of olfactory and visual stimuli in the mating behaviour of male vine bud moths, Theresimima ampellophaga (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae). Europ. J. Ent., 104, 1: 57-65.

Tóth, M., É. Csonka, F. Bakcsa, P. Benedek, I. Szarukán, S. Gomboc, T. Toshova, M. Subchev, I. Ujváry. 2007. Species spectrum of flea beetles (Phyllotreta spp., Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) attracted to allyl isothiocyanate-baited traps in Hungary, Slovenia and Bulgaria. Zeitschrift für Naturforschung, 62c, 9/10: 772-778.

Tóth, M., Furlan, L., Xavier, A., Vuts, J., Subchev, M., Toshova, T. Szarukán, I., Yatsynin, V. 2007. New sex attractant for Agriotes proximus: similarities in pheromonal communication with A. lineatus (Coleoptera: Elateridae). Integrated Control of Soil Insect pests IOBC/wprs Bulletin, vol. 30(7), pp.59-64.

Tóth, M., Furlan, L., Xavier, A., Vuts, J., Toshova, T., Subchev, M., Szarukán, I., Yatsynin, V. 2008. New sex attractant composition for the click beetle Agriotes proximus: similarities with A. lineatus (Coleoptera: Elateridae). Journal of Chemical Ecology, 34, 1: 107-111.

Subchev, M. A., T. B. Toshova, S. Drosu, S. Cazacu, K.A. Efetov. 2008. Recent records of Theresimima ampellophaga (Bayle-Barelle, 1808), in Romania. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Zygaenidae (Lepidoptera), Lyon, France, Les Cahiers du musée des Confluences, Lyon, Vol 2: L’expérimentation, 59-63.

Subchev, M. A., T. B. Toshova, K.A. Efetov, Tarmann, G. 2008. Recent distribution of Theresimima ampellophaga (Bayle-Barelle, 1808) in Europe estimated by pheromone traps. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Zygaenidae (Lepidoptera), Lyon, France, Les Cahiers du musée des Confluences, Lyon, Vol 2: L’expérimentation, 65-76.

Subchev, M., T. Toshova, C. Koshio, S. Franke, A. Tröger, R. Twele, W. Francke, J. A. Pickett, L. J. Wadhams, C. M. Woodcock. 2009. Identification and biological activity of sex pheromone components from females of the plum moth Illiberis rotundata Jordan (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae: Procridinae). Chemoecology, 19, 1: 47-54.

Toshova, T., É. Csonka, M. Subchev, M. Tóth. 2009. The seasonal activity of flea beetles in Bulgaria. Journal of Pest Science, 82, 3: 295-303.

Toshova, T. B., M. A. Subchev, D. I. Atanasova, A. J. Velázquez de Castro, L. Smart. 2009. Sitona weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) caught by traps in alfalfa fields in Bulgaria. Journal of Biotechnology and Biotechnological Equipment, 23, 2 (special edition), 132-135.

Toshova, T., M. Subchev, M. Tóth. 2009. The diversity of species of Ceutorhynchinae captured in traps in the region of Sofia, Bulgaria. Bulletin of Insectology, 62, 1: 27-33.

Tóth, M., Vuts, J., F. Difranco, R. Tabilio, B. Baric, J. Razov, T. Toshova, M. Subchev. 2009. Detection and monitoring of Epicometis hirta Poda and Tropinota squalida Scop. with the same trap. Acta Phytopathologica et Entomologica Hungarica, 44, 2: 337-344.

Atanasova, D. I., T. B. Toshova, M. A. Subchev. 2010. Seasonal monitoring of the Yellow Alfalfa Geometrid, Isturgia arenacearia (Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775) (Lepidoptera: Geometridae), by pheromone traps in three regions of Bulgaria. Acta Phytopathol. Entomol. Hungarica, 45, 2: 305-311.

Can, F., N. Demirel, E. I. Sağiroğlu, T. Toshova, M. Subchev. 2010. Employing pheromone traps to establish the distribution and seasonal activity of Theresimima ampellophaga in Turkey. Phytoparasitica, 38, 3: 217-222.

Efetov, K., A., F. Can, T. B. Toshova, M. A. Subchev. 2010. New sex attractant for Jordanita anatolica (Naufock) (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae: Procridinae). Acta zool. Bulg. 62, 2: 315-319.

Subchev, M., K. A. Efetov, T. Toshova, E. V. Parshkova, M. Tóth, W. Francke. 2010. New sex attractants for species of the zygaenid subfamily Procridinae (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae). Entomol. Gen. 32, 4: 243-250.

Subchev, M., T. Toshova, L. Furlan, M. Tóth. 2010. Click beetles (Coleoptera: Elateridae) and their seasonal swarming as established by pheromone traps in different plant habitats in Bulgaria: 4. Tobacco. Acta zool. bulg., 62, 2: 187-192.

Toshova, T. B., D. I. Atanasova, M. Tóth, M. A. Subchev. 2010. Seasonal activity of Plagionotus (Echinocerus) floralis (Pallas) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae, Cerambycinae) adults in Bulgaria established by attractant baited fluorescent yellow funnel traps. Acta Phytopathol. Entomol. Hingarica, 45, 2: 391-399.

Toshova, T. B., D. I. Velchev, M.A. Subchev, M. Tóth, J. Vuts, J. A. Pickett, S. Y. Dewhirst. 2010. Electrophysiological responses and field attraction of the grey corn weevil, Tanymecus (Episomecus) dilaticollis Gyllenhal (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) to synthetic plant volatiles. Chemoecology, 20: 199-206.

Vuts, J., B. Baric, J. Razov, T. Toshova, M. Subchev, I. Sredkov, R. Tabilio, F. Difranco, M. Tóth. 2010. Performance and selectivity of floral attractant-baited traps targeted for Cetoniid scarabs (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in Central and Southern Europe. Crop Protection, 29: 1177-1183.

Vuts, J., I. Szarukán, M. Subchev, T. Toshova, M. Tóth. 2010. Improving the floral attractant to lure Epicometis hirta Poda (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae, Cetoniinae). Journal of Pest Science. 83: 15-20.

Atanasova, D., T. Toshova, M. Subchev. 2011. Seasonal monitoring on the Latticed heath, Chiasmia clathrata (Linnaeus, 1758) (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) by pheromone traps in two regions of Bulgaria. Acta Phytopathol. Entomol. Hingarica, 46, 2: 247-252.

Efetov, K., V. V. Kiselev, T. B. Toshova, M. A. Subchev. 2011. Attraction of Zygaenoprocris taftana (Alberti, 1939) and Jordanita horni (Alberti, 1937) (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae, Procridinae) by synthetic sex pheromones in Armenia. Entomologist’s gazette, 62: 113-121.

Subchev, M. A., T. B. Toshova, R. A. Andreev, V. D. Petrova, V. D. Maneva, T. S. Spasova, N. T. Marinova, P. M. Minkov, D. I. Velchev. 2011. Possibilities for use of floral baited colour traps for detection of scarabaeid beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea) pests. Zbornik predavanj in referatov 10. slovenskega posvetovanja o varstvu rastlin z mednarodno udeležbo Podčetrtek, 1–2. marec 2011. Društvo za varstvo rastlin Slovenije, Ljubljana: 321-325.

Subchev, M. A., T. B. Toshova, R. A. Andreev, V. D. Petrova, V. D. Maneva, T. S. Spasova, N. T. Marinova, P. M. Minkov, D. I. Velchev. 2011. Employing floral baited traps for detection and seasonal monitoring of Tropinota (Epicometis) hirta (Poda) (Coleoptera: Cetoniidae) in Bulgaria. Acta zool. Bulg., 63, 3: 269-276.

Draganova S., D. Takov, T. B. Toshova. 2012. Fungal pathogens on Tanymecus (Episomecus) dilaticollis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) and bioassays with some Beauveria bassiana isolates. Acta zool. Bulg., 64, 3: 289–294.

Molnár, B., A. Tröger, T. Toshova, M. Subchev, E. van Nieukerken, Sjaak J. C. Koster, G.Szőcs, M. Tóth, W. Francke. 2012. Identification of the Female-Produced Sex Pheromone of the Oak Leaf-Miner Moth, Tischeria ekebladella J. Chem. Ecol., 38, 10: 1298-1305.

Subchev, M. A., C. Koshio, T. B. Toshova, K. A. Efetov. 2012. Illiberis (Primilliberis) rotundata Jordan (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae: Procridinae) male sex attractant: optimization and use for seasonal monitoring. Entomological Science. 15: 137-139.

Subchev, M., T. Toshova, R. Andreev, V. Petrova, V. Maneva, D. Velchev. 2012. Use of floral baited traps in plant protection: seasonal monitoring of Tropinota (Epicometis) hirta (Poda) (Coleoptera: Cetoniidae). 22nd international scientific-expert conference on agriculture and food industry – Sarajevo 2011. Proceedings. Saraevo, Izmir, 166-168.

Subchev, M. A., T. B. Toshova, R. A. Andreev, V. D. Petrova, V. D. Maneva, T. S. Spasova, N. T. Marinova, P. M. Minkov, D. I. Velchev. 2012. Using floral baited colour traps for detection and seasonal monitoring of Oxythyrea funesta (Poda) (Coleoptera: Cetoniidae) in Bulgaria. Acta zool. Bulg., 64, 4: 433-437.

Subchev, M. A., T. B. Toshova, R. A. Andreev, V. D. Petrova, T. S. Spasova, V. D. Maneva, D. I. Velchev, V. D. Abaev. 2012. Detection and seasonal monitoring of Anomala solida Erichson (Coleoptera: Rutelidae) by pheromone traps in Bulgaria. Acta entomol. Bulg., 15, 1/2: 9-13.

Vuts, J., T. Tolasch, L. Furlan, É. B. Csonka, T. Felföldi, K. Márialigeti, T. B. Toshova, M. Subchev, A. Xavier, M. Tóth. 2012. Agriotes proximus and A. lineatus (Coleoptera: Elateridae): a comparative study on the pheromone composition and cytochrome c oxidase subunit I gene sequence. Chemoecology, 22: 23-28.

Subchev, M., T. B. Toshova, D. I. Atanasova, V. D. Petrova, M. Tóth. 2013. Seasonal flight of the potato tuber moth, Phthorimaea operculella (Zeller) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) in three regions in Bulgaria established by pheromone traps. Acta Phytopathol. Entomol. Hungarica, 48, 1: 75-86.

Subchev, M. A., T. B. Toshova, R. A. Andreev, V. D. Petrova, V. D. Maneva, T. S. Spasova, N. T. Marinova, P. M. Minkov, D. I. Velchev. 2013. Catches of target and non-target scarab pests in floral-chemical baited color traps in Bulgaria. Acta Phytopathol. Entomol. Hungarica, 48, 1: 87-94.

Subchev, M., C. Koshio, T. Toshova, K. Efetov, W. Francke. 2013. (2R)-butyl (7Z)-dodecenoate is a main sex pheromone component in Illiberis pruni (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae: Procridinae)? Acta zool. Bulg., 65. (in press)

Affiliation

Department
Animal Diversity and Resources
Division
Biodiversity and Ecology of Invertebrates
Research group
Chemical Ecology of Insects

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