Assoc. Prof. Snezhana Doncheva, PhD

Director of the Institute of Plant Physiology


Phone: +359-2-979-2606; +359-2-8728170
Fax: +359-2-8739952
Location: Building 21, Office #204
Visiting Hours: Wednesday and Thursday: 1400h – 1700h

Date and place of birth: 21 July 1950, Pernik, Bulgaria


Foreign languages: English; Russian

Professional background

Research interests

Plant physiology, mineral nutrition of plants, uptake and transport of mineral elements, morphological and physiological state of cell organelles under different conditions of mineral nutrition, heavy metal toxicity ant tolerance.

Publications, patents and citations

Publications - xx; Inventions – xx; Citations – xx.

Membership in national and international organisations

International experience

Academic honors

Selected publications

Tzvetkova, N., S. Doncheva (1995-1996) - Photosynthetic activity and ultrastructure of bark chloroplasts at beech seedlings. In: Folia Dendrologica, 21-22, (Mlada, M. ed.), Veda, Publishing house of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, pp. 353-357.
Doncheva, S., B. Nikolov, V. Ogneva (1996) - Effect of copper excess on the morphology of the nucleus in maize root meristem cells. Physiology Plantarum, 96, 118-122.
Doncheva, S. (1997) - Ultrastructural localisation of Ag-NOR proteins in root plant meristem cells after copper treatment. J. Plant Physiol., 151, 242-245.
Doncheva, S., Zl. Stoyanova (1997) - Plant response to copper and zinc hydroxidesulphate and hydroxidecarbonate used as an alternative copper and zinc sources in mineral nutrition. Rom. Agricul. Research, 7-8, 15-20.
Stoyanova, Z., S. Doncheva, V. Georgieva, R. Joncheva (1997) - A possibility of using nydroxide mixed crystals as sources of cooper and zinc in lettuce (Lactuca sativa) cultivation. Bulg. J. Plant Physiol., 23 (3-4), 3-13.
Doncheva, S. (1998) - Copper-induced alteration in structure and proliferation of maize root meristem cells. J. Plant Physiol., 153 (3-4), 482-487.
Doncheva, S., Zl. Stoyanova, L. Gradinarcki, G. Ignatov (1999) - Influence of succinate on zinc toxicity of Zea mays. In: Advances in plant physiology, Vol. 2, (A. Hemantaranjan, ed.), Scientific Publishers (India), JDOHPUR, pp. 253-261.
Stoyanova, Z., S. Doncheva, V. Georgieva (1999) - Application of hydroxidesalts of copper and zinc as microelement sources for germinating of lettuce seeds (Lactuca sativa). Compt. Rend. Acad. Bulg. Sci., 52, (11-12), 93-97.
Stoyanova, Z., S. Doncheva (2000) - Uptake and transport of Zn in zinc-sensitive Pisum sativum in presence of succinate. Compt. Rend. Acad. Bulg. Sci., 53, 9 , 73-76.
Doncheva, S., Z. Stoyanova, V. Velikova (2001) - The influence of succinate on zinc toxicity of pea plants. J. Plant Nutr., 24, 6, 789-806.
Doncheva, S., V. Vassileva, G. Ignatov, S. Pandev, R. Dris, R. Niskanen (2001) – Influence of nitrogen deficiency on photosynthesis and chloroplast ultrastructure in pepper plants. Agricultural and Food Science in Finland, 10, 59-64.
Doncheva, S. (2001) - Structural and ultrastructural changes in copper-treated maize plants. In: Achievement and perspective of water exchange and mineral nutrition of plants in Bulgaria, Sofia, 2, 16-21.
Stoyanova, Z., S. Doncheva (2002) - The effect of zinc supply and succinate treatment on plant growth and mineral uptake in pea plant. Braz. J. Plant Physiol.,14(2), 111-116.
Poschenrieder, C., S. Doncheva, F. Sonbol M. Amenos, J. Barcelo (2004) - Microtubule organization but not aTub 1 and aTub 3 expression are primary targets of aluminum toxicity in maze root tips. Nutricao Mineral Causas e consequencias da dependencia da fertilicas. ISBN 972-9348-11-1, 5-10.
Doncheva, S., C. Poschenrider, M. Amenos, J. Barcelo (2005) - Root cell pattern a primary target for aluminium toxicity in maize. J. Experimental Botany, 56, 414, 1213-1220.
Doncheva, S. et al. (2005) - Effects of Succinate on Manganese Toxicity in Pea Plants. J. Plant Nutrition, 28, 1-16.
Doncheva, S., Zl. Stoyanova, K. Georgieva, D. Nedeva, R. Dikova, G. Zehirov, A. Nikolova (2006) - Exogenous succinate increases resistance of maize plants to copper stress. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci., 169, 247-254.
Dikova, R., S. Doncheva, Zl. Stoyanova (2006) - Influence of silicion pretreatment on ascobtic acid content and redox status in Mn-treated maize plant. Compt. Rend. Acad. Bulg. Sci., 58, 9 /in press/.