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Assoc.Prof. Danail Ilchev Takov, PhD
Department of Animal Diversity and Resources
Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS)
1 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.
1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
tel. (office): +359 2 988 5116/ 737, 638

Curriculum vitae

Date and birth place: 12 March 1974, Sofia

Education: 2000- Msc of Biology, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Biology

Scientific career:
• 2000-2003 - biologist, Institute of Zoology- BAS
• 2003-2008 - PhD student, Institute of Zoology- BAS
• 2008-2016 - Chief assistant, Institute of Zoology and Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research - BAS
• 2017 - at present - Associate Professor
• PhD thesis: 2008 - "Faunistic diversity and distribution of entomopathogens of bark beetles (Scolytidae) in Bulgaria"

• Citations:
In peer-reviewed editions – 250 (until 2020)

Research interests

Entomopathogens, Protozoa, Microsporidia, Scolytidae, Insect pathology, Biological control, Insect immunity

Research projects:
• Impact of entomopathogenic fungus Entomophaga maimaiga Humber, Shimazu & Soper on gypsy moth Lymantria dispar (Linnaeus) population and entomofauna biodiversity in oak ecosystems in Bulgaria.

• Alien terrestrial arthropods and their importance for biodiversity of Bulgaria.

• Biodiversity and biology of entomopathogens of economically important forest insect pest in Bulgaria DO02-335/2008.

• Distribution, species composition and biology of bark beetle pathogens (Coleoptera, Scolytidae). B 1312/2003.

• Biologically-based approaches for control of the grey corn weevil Tanymecus dilaticollis Gyllenhal, 1834 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) № H 01/9.

• Експанзия на боровата процесионка Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775) (Lepidoptera, Thaumetopoeidae) в България – опасен алерген и стопански значим вредител в боровите екосистеми, 2016 -2020.

• National Research Program “Healthy foods for a strong bioeconomy and quality of life” (, funded by Ministry of Education and Science, Bulgaria, 2018-2022, Component 2 "Plant health and safety in food systems".


• Pilarska, D., Linde, A,. Solter, L., Takov, D., McManus, M., Goertz, D. 2002. Ultrastructure characteristic of a Nosema sp. (Microsporidia) from a Bulgarian population of Euproctis chrysorrhoea L. (Lepidoptera). Acta Parasitol.47 (1), 1-5.

• Pilarska, D., Linde, A., Solter, L., McManus, M., Takov., D. 2002. New data on the biology of the microsporidium Endoreticulatus shubergi infecting the browntail moth, Euproctis chrysorrhoea L. (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae). Acta zoologica bulgarica, 54 (1) 55-62.

• Georgiev, G., Takov, D. 2006. Impact of Tomicobia seitneri (Ruschka) (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) and Ropalophorus clavicornis (Wesmael) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) on Ips typographus (Linnaeus)(Coleoptera:Scolytidae) populations in Bulgaria. Forest Science, 4, 61-68.

• Takov, D., Pilarska, D., Wegensteiner R. 2006. Оccurrence of pathogens in Ips typographus (Coleoptera, Scolytidae) from several Picea abies (L.) (Karst.) stands in Bulgaria. Acta zoologica bulgarica, 58 (3) 409 – 420.

• Takov, D., Doychev, D., Wegensteiner, R., Pilarska, D. 2007. Study on the pathogens of bark beetles (Coleoptera, Scolytidae) from different coniferous stands in Bulgaria. Acta zoologica bulgarica. 59 (1) 87-96.

• Draganova, S., Takov D., Doychev D. 2007. Bioassays with isolates of Beauveria bassiana (Bals.) Vuill. and Paecilomyces farinosus (Holm.) Brown & Smith against Ips sexdentatus boerner and Ips acuminatus Gyll. (Coleoptera: Scolytidae). Plant Science. XLIV, 1, 24 – 28.

• Nedelchev, S., Takov, D., Pilarska, D. 2008. Parasitic and Associated Nematodes of Bark Beetles in Bulgaria. Acta zoologica bulgarica Supplement 2, 83-91.

• Takov, D., Pilarska D. 2008. Prevalence of Gregarina typographi Fuchs (Apicomplexa: Gregarinidae) and nematodes (Nematoda) in bark beetles (Coleoptera: Scolytinae) from Bulgaria depending on the host gender. Acta zoologica bulgarica, 60 (3) 227-231.

• Takov, D., Pilarska, D. 2009. Single and mixed infections in Ips typographus (Coleoptera:Scolytinae) caused by the entomopathogens Entomopoxvirus typographi (Virales), Gregarina typographi (Sporozoa) and Chytridiopsis typographi (Microsporidia). Acta zoologica bulgarica. 61 (1) 45-48.

• Takov, D., Pilarska, D., Moser, J. 2009. Phoretic mites associated with spruce bark beetle Ips typographus L. (Coleoptera: Scolytinae) from Bulgaria. Acta zoologica bulgarica. 61 (3) 293-296.

• Draganova, S, Takov, D, Doychev, D. 2010. Naturally occurred entomopathogenic fungi on three bark beetle species (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Bulgaria. Pesticides & Phytomedicine 25 (1) 59-63.

• Takov, D., Pilarska, D., Wegensteiner R. 2010. List of protozoan and microsporidian pathogens of economically important bark beetle species (Coleoptera, Curculionidae: Scolytinae) in Europe. Acta zoologica bulgarica 62 (1) 201-209.

• Pilarska, D., Golemansky, V., Takov, D., Glavendekic, M. Tomov, R., 2010. Entomopathogens (Protozoans, Microsporidians and Fungi) of the alien insects from Bulgaria: Check list and distribution. Acta zoological bulgarica, 62 (2)

• Golemansky, V., D. Pilarska, G. Georgiev, D. Takov, M. Todorov, P. Pilarski. 2010. Protozoan parasites and pathogens of forest pest arthropods. Silva Balcanica, 11 (1) 67-72.

• Draganova, S., Pilarska, D., Takov, D., Doychev, D 2011. Utilization of carbohydrates by Beauveria bassiana isolates obtained from forest pests. Journal of Plant Protection Research, 51 (4) 349-354.

• Nedelchev, S., Takov, D., Pilarska, D. 2011 . Prothallonema tomici n. sp. (Tylenchida: Sphaerulariidae) parasitizing Tomicus piniperda (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) in Bulgaria. Nematology. 13 ( 6) 741-746 .

• Takov D., Doychev D., Linde A.,. Draganova S, Pilarska D. 2011. Pathogens of Bark Beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Bulgarian forests. Phytoparasitica. 39 (4), 343-352.

• Таков, Д. 2011. Патогени по корояди – развитие на проучванията в Европа, биологични особености в заразяването и влияние върху гостоприемниците. Наука за гората. 48 (1-2) 47-68.

• Takov, D., Doychev, D., Linde A., Draganova, S., Pilarska, D. 2012. Pathogens of bark beetles (Curculionidae: Scolytinae) and other beetles in Bulgaria. Biologia. 67 (5) 966-972.

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

• Draganova, S., Takov, D., Pilarska, D., Doychev, D., Mirchev, P., Georgiev, G. 2013. Fungal entomopathogens on some Lepidopteran forest pests in Bulgaria. - Acta zoologica bulgarica, 65: (2) 179-186.

• Nedelchev, S., Pilarska, D., Takov, D., Golemansky, V. 2013. Protozoan and Nematode Parasites of the American Coakroach Periplaneta americana (L.) from Bulgaria. - Acta zoologica bulgarica, 65: (3) 403-408.

• Takov D, Draganova S, Toshova T. 2013. Gregarine and Beauveria bassiana infections of the grey corn weevil Tanymecus dilaticollis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). - Acta Phytopathologica et Entomologica Hungarica, 48 (2): 309–320.

• Georgieva, M., Takov, D., Georgiev, G., Pilarska, D., Pilarski, P., Mirchev, P., Humber, R. 2014. Studies on non-target phyllophagous insects in oak forests as potential hosts of Entomophaga maimaiga (Entomophthorales: Entomophthoraceae) in Bulgaria. - Acta zoologica bulgarica, 66 (1): 115 – 120. (IF = 0,532)

• Pilarska, D., Radek, R., Wei-Fone, H., Takov, D., Linde, A., Solter, L. 2015. Review of the genus Endoreticulatus (Microsporidia, Encephalitozoonidae) with description of a new species isolated from the grasshopper Poecilimon thoracicus (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) and transfer of Microsporidium itiiti Malone to the genus. - Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 124: 23 – 30. (IF = 2,11)

• Pilarska, D., Hajek A.E., Keena, M., Linde, A., Kereselidze, M., Georgiev, G., Georgieva, M., Mirchev, P., Takov, D,, Draganova, S. 2015. Susceptibility of larvae of nun moth, Lymantria monacha (Linnaeus, 1758) (Lepidoptera), to the entomopathogenic fungus Entomophaga maimaiga Humber, Shimazu and Soper (Entomophthorales) under laboratory and field conditions. - Acta zoologica bulgarica, 68 (1): 117 – 126. (IF = 0,532)

• Pilarska, D., Georgiev, G., Golemansky, V., Pilarski, P., Mirchev, P., Georgieva, M., Tabaković-Tošić, M., Todorov, M., Takov, D., Pernek, M., Hrasovec, B., Milotic, M., Dautabasic, M., Mujezinovic, O., Naceski, S., Papazova-Anakieva, I., Matova, M., Vafeidis, P. 2016. Entomophaga maimaiga (Entomophthorales: Entomophthoraceae) in Balkan peninsula – an overview. - Silva Balcanica, 17 (1): 5 – 14.

• Pilarska, D., Hajek, A. E., Keena, M., Linde, A., Kereselidze, M., Georgiev, G., Georgieva, M., Mirchev, P., Takov, D., Draganova, S. 2016. Susceptibility of nun moth, Lymantria monacha, larvae to the entomopathogenic fungus Entomophaga maimaiga under laboratory and field conditions. Acta zoologica bulgarica, 68, ISSN:0324-0770, 117-126. ISI IF:0.309

• Pilarska, D., Takov, D., Solter, L. 2016. Current state of microsporidia research in Bulgaria.. Seminar of Ecology – 2016, with International participation, 21-22.04.2016, Sofia. Proceedings., 15-19.

• Draganova S., Doychev D., Pilarska D., Takov D.. Bioassays with Entomopathogenic Fungi Against some Xylophagous Insects in Bulgaria - Laboratory and Field Experiments.. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, 69, 2017, 411-419. (IF:0.413)

• Vladova, D, Takov, D., Pilarska, D. 2017. New data about prevalence of Endoreticulatus poecilimonae (Microsporidia: Encephalitozoonidae) in the grasshopper Poecilimon thoracicus (Orthoptera: Tettigonida).. Annuaire de Univ. de Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculte de Biologie, 102, 4, ISSN:0204–9902, 28-32.

• Pilarska D., Takov D., Hylis M., Radek R., Fiala I., Solter L., Linde A. 2017. Natural occurrence of microsporidia infecting Lepidoptera in Bulgaria.. Acta Parasitologica, 62, 4, 853-858. ISI (IF:1.116)

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

• Zúbrik, M., Špilda, I., Pilarska, D., Hajek, A.E., Takov, D., Nikolov, C., Kunca, A., Pajtík, J., Lukášová, K., Holusa, J. 2018. Distribution of the entomopathogenic fungus Entomophaga maimaiga (Entomophthorales: Entomophthoraceae) at the northern edge of its range in Europe. Ann Appl Biol, 173 35 – 41.

• Takov, D., Pilarska, D., Doychev, D., Nedelchev, S., Draganova, S. 2019. Investigations on the complex of pathogens and parasites in spruce bark beetle Ips typographus in Bulgaria – A review.. Годишник на Департамент "Природни науки", Нов български университет, Издателство на Нов български университет, ISSN:2367-6302.

• Takov, D, Doychev, D, Pilarska, D, Draganova, S, Nedelchev, S, Linde, A. 2019. Occurrence of pathogens and nematodes in forest beetles from Curculionidae and Attelabidae in Bulgaria. Biologia, 74, 10, Springer, ISSN:0006-3088, 1339-1347. JCR-IF (Web of Science):0.728

• Barta М., Zúbrik М., Kulfan J., Zach P., Pilarska D., Hajek A., Bittner T. D., Takov D., Kunca A., Rell S., Hirka A., Csóka G. 2019. Non-target phyllophagous insects in oak forests of central and southeastern Europe as potential hosts of Entomophaga maimaiga. IOBC-WPRS Bulletin, 145, International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants, West Palearctic Regional Section (IOBC-WPRS), ISBN:978-92-9067-330-9, 1-5.

• Takov, D., Ostoich, P., Tchorbanov, A., Pilarska, D.. Order Diptera as model in studies of insect immunity: a review. Turkish Journal of Zoology, 44, 6, Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, 2020, ISSN:1300-0179, 481-489. JCR-IF (Web of Science):0.68 Q3 (Web of Science)

• Takov, D., Tchorbanov, A., Pilarska, D., Ostoich, P.. Lepidopterans as model organisms in studies of insect immunity: a review. Polish Journal of Entomology, 89, 4, De Gruyter Open, 2020, ISSN:0032-3780, SJR (Scopus):0.22 Q4 (Scopus)

• Таков, Д., Остоич, П., Чорбанов, А.. Имунитетът при насекомите - обобщен преглед на механизмите за защита. Наука за гората, Кн. 1, 2020, ISSN:0861-007X, 112-137 (CABI database/ BIOSIS)

• Таков Д, Остоич П. 2020. Имунитетът при насекомите – познат и непознат. ПРИРОДА, 1, „Проф. Марин Дринов“, 38-43.

• Barta, M., Takov, D., Pilarska, D., Doychev, D., Horáková, M. K.. Entomopathogenic fungi of Beauveria genus and their pathogenicity to Ips typographus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in the Vitosha National Park, Bulgaria. Journal of Forest Science, 66, 2020, ISSN:1212-4834, DOI:, 420-435. SJR (Scopus):0.27 Q3 (Web of Science)

• Barta, M., Horáková, M. K., Georgieva, M., Mirchev, P., Georgiev, P., Zaemdzhikova, G., Pilarska D., Takov, D., Todorov, M., Hubenov, Z., Pilarski, P., Georgiev, G.. Entomopathogenic fungi (Ascomycota: Hypocreales) as natural antagonists of the pine processionary moth, Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Lepidoptera: Thaumetopoeidae), in Bulgaria. Acta zoologica bulgarica, Supplement 15, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS, 2020, ISSN:0324-0770, 89-96. JCR-IF (Web of Science):0.278 Q4 (Web of Science)

• Pilarska, D., Takov, D., Doychev, D. 2020. List of natural fungal pathogens infecting bark beetles and lepidopteran forest pests from Bulgaria. Годишник на Департамент "Природни науки", Нов български университет, 5, Издателство на Нов български университет, ISSN:2367-6302, DOI:10.33919/ansd.19.1.11, 88-99.

• Pilarska, D., Gadzhalova, D., Takov, D. 2020. Microsporidian and Fungal Infections in Lepidoptera and Orthoptera in Bulgaria. Годишник на Департамент "Природни науки", Нов български университет, 5, Издателство на Нов български университет, ISSN:2367-6302, DOI:10.33919/ansd.19.1.11, 100-107.

• Holuša, J, Zúbrik, M, Resnerová, K, Vanická, H, Liška, J, Mertelík, J, Takov, D, Trombik, J, Hajek, A.E., Pilarska, D. Further spread of the gypsy moth fungal pathogen, Entomophaga maimaiga , to the west and north in Central Europe. Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection, Springer, 128, 323–331(2021), SJR (Scopus):0.37, JCR-IF (Web of Science):1.526 Q2 (Web of Science)

• Таков, Д. 2021. Насекомите като храна – екзотика, реалност, поглед в бъдещето? ПРИРОДА, 1, „Проф. Марин Дринов“, 74-81.

• Takov, D., Pilarska, D., Linde, A., Barta, M. 2021. Infectious and parasitic diseases of phytophagous insect pests in the context of extreme environmental conditions. Central European Forestry Journal, De Gruyter Open Ltd, 67 (2) 72-84, ISSN:1338–4295, DOI:10.2478/forj-2020-0018, SJR (Scopus):0.24

• Takov, D., Zubrik, M., Contarini, M. 2021. Insects as a food source – potential and perspectives. Polish Journal of Entomology, De Gruyter Open Ltd., 2, 48-62. ISSN:0032-3780, DOI:10.5604/01.3001.0014.8764, SJR (Scopus):0.22

• Toshova, T., Velchev, D., Pilarska, D., Todorov, I., Draganova, S., Holuša, J., Takov, D. 2021. Effect of bioinsecticides on the grey maize weevil Tanymecus dilaticollis. Plant Protection Science, 57 (3) ISSN:1805-9341, SJR (Scopus):0.44, JCR-IF (Web of Science):1.13


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