Десислава Тодорова

Assoc. Prof. Dr. D. Todorova

Associate Professor Dr Desislava Todorova

Building 21, Office 103
Phone.: +359-2-9792676
Е-mail: dessita@bio21.bas.bg

Date and place of birth – 26.08.1972, Pernik, Bulgaria

Nationality – Bulgaria

Languages – Russian, English

Education and Academic degree

  • MSc degree in Chemical Engineering, 1995, University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia, Bulgaria, Master thesis: Mass transfer from a single grain to a fluid in an inert fixed bed.
  • PhD, 2003, Acad. M. Popov Institute of Plant Physiology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. PhD thesis: Natural and induced senescence in Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh.

Professional Background

  • Researcher (1996-1998), Acad. M. Popov Institute of Plant Physiology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Regulation of plant growth and development.
  • PhD Student (1998–2003), Acad. M. Popov Institute of Plant Physiology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Regulation of plant growth and development.
  • Assistant Professor (2004-2010), Acad. M. Popov Institute of Plant Physiology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Regulation of plant growth and development.
  • Assistant Professor (2010-continue), Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics –  Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Regulation of plant growth and development.
  • Department Leader (2012-continue), Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Regulation of plant growth and development.

Research field

Plant physiology, regulation of plant growth and development, plant growth regulators, ethylene, cytokinins, polyamines, plant stress, oxidative stress, plant defence systems, stress markers.

Publication activity and list of selected publications

Dr. Todorova has published 36 peer-reviewed papers. Total citations – 70.

Doytcheva, B., A. Nikolova, G. Peev, D. Todorova (1998) Mass transfer from a single grain to a fluid in an inert fixed bed. Int. Comm. Heat Mass Transfer. 25 (3), 399-405.

Peev, G., A. Nikolova, D. Todorova (2002) Mass transfer from solid particles to power law non-Newtonian fluid in granular bed at low Reynolds numbers. Chem. Eng. J. 88, 119-125.

Sergiev, I., D. Todorova, V. Alexieva, E. Karanov, A. Smith, M. Hall (2003) Rosette leaf senescence in wild type and an ethylene insensitive mutant of Arabidopsis thaliana during inflorescence and fruit development. In: “Phytohormones in Plant Biotechnology and Agriculture”, Ed. by I. Machachkova, G. Romanov, Kluwer Acad. Publ., Dordrech, The Netherlands, 217-228.

Alexieva, V., I. Sergiev, D. Todorova, E. Karanov, A. Smith, M. Hall, (2004) Effect of ethylene and its antagonists 1-MCP on the senescence of detached leaves of Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh. Biol. Plant. 48 (4), 593-595.

Todorova, D., T. Genkov, I. Vaseva-Gemisheva, V. Alexieva, E. Karanov, A. Smith, M. Hall (2005) Effect of temperature stress on the endogenous cytokinin content in Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh plants. Acta Physiol. Plant., 27 (1), 13-18.

Vaseva-Gemisheva, I., I. Sergiev, D. Todorova, V. Alexieva, E. Stanoeva, V. Lachkova, E. Karanov (2005) Antagonistic effects of triazolo[4, 5-d]pyrimidine and pyridylurea derivatives on cytokinin-induced cytokinin oxidase/dehydrogenase activity in young pea plants. Plant Growth Regul., 46 (3), 193-197.

Todorova, D., I. Vaseva-Gemisheva, P. Petrov, E. Stoynova-Bakalova, V. Alexieva, E. Karanov, A. Smith, M. Hall (2006) Cytokinin oxidase/dehydrogenase in wild and ethylene-insensitive mutant eti5 type of Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh plants and the effect of cytokinin N1-(2-chloro-4-pyridyl)-N2-phenylurea on enzymatic activity and leaf morphology. Acta Physiol. Plant., 28 (6), 613-618.

Sergiev, I., D. Todorova, M. Somleva, V. Alexieva, E. Karanov, E. Stanoeva, V. Lachkova, A. Smith, M. Hall (2007) Influence of cytokinins and novel cytokinin antagonists on the senescence of detached leaves of Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh. Biol. Plant. 51(2), 377-380.

Todorova, D., I. Vaseva, J. Malbeck, A. Travníčkova, I. Macháčkova, E. Karanov (2007) Cytokinin oxidase/dehydrogenase activity as a tool in gibberellic acid/cytokinin cross talk. Biol. Plant. 51(3), 579-583.

Todorova, D., I. Sergiev, V. Alexieva, E. Karanov, A. Smith, M. Hall (2007) Polyamine content in Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh during recovery after low and high temperature treatments. Plant Growth Regul. 51 (3), 185-191.

Vaseva, I., D. Todorova, J. Malbeck, A. Travnickova, I. Machackova (2008) Response of cytokinin pool and cytokinine oxidase/dehydrogenase activity to abscisic acid exhibits organ specificity in pea. Acta Physiol. Plant. 30 (2), 151-155.

Todorova D., I. Moskova, I. Sergiev, V. Alexieva, S. Mapelli (2008) Changes in Endogenous Polyamines and Some Stress Markers Content Induced by Drought, 4PU-30 and Abscisic Acid in Wheat Plants. In: “Abiotic Stress and Plant Responses”, Ed. by N. Khan, S. Singh, I. K. International Publishing House, New Delhi, India, ISBN: 978-81-89866-95-2. Chapter 11, pp.: 205-215.

Katerova Z., D. Todorova (2009) Endogenous polyamines lessen membrane damages in pea plants provoked by enhanced ultraviolet-C radiation. Plant Growth Regul. 57 (2), 145-152.

Moskova I., D. Todorova, V. Alexieva, S. Ivanov, I. Sergiev (2009) Effect of exogenous hydrogen peroxide on enzymatic and nonenzymatic antioxidants in leaves of young pea plants treated with paraquat. Plant Growth Regul. 57 (2), 193-202.

Vaseva I., D. Todorova, J. Malbeck, A. Travnickova, I. Machackova (2009) Mild temperature stress modulates cytokinin content and cytokinin oxidase/dehydrogenase activity in young pea plants. Acta Agronomica Hungarica. 57 (1), 33-40.

Todorova, D., I. Sergiev, V. Alexieva (2012) Application of Natural and Synthetic Polyamines as Growth Regulators to Improve the Freezing Tolerance of Winter Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Acta Agronomica Hungarica, 60 (1), 1-10.

Participation in scientific projects

  1. Plant defence mechanisms induced by cross-adaptation and cross-synergism. B-521. (1995-1998).
  2. Improvement of in vitro propagation of fruit-trees by application of non-purine cytokinins and polyamines. CC-508. (1995-1998).
  3. Role of plant growth regulators in physiological and biochemical adaptation of cereals to drought. Bilateral Cooperation between Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and National Center for Scientific investigations – Italy. (1998-2000).
  4. Interaction between ethylene and cytokinins in perception and transduction processes in the control of senescence. INCO Copernicus Programme ERBIC15CT960914. (1997-2000).
  5. Role of phytohormones, polyamines and oxidative burst towards parthenogenic embryo development in melon. Funded by Singenta (former Novartis). 2001.
  6. Interaction of UV-radiation and some natural stresses on defence mechanisms in plants. Bilateral Cooperation between Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and National Center for Scientific investigations – Italy. (2001-2003).
  7. Investigations of bioactive substances against phytopathogen infections. Bilateral Cooperation between Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and National Center of Natural Sciences and Technology – Vietnam. (2001-2004).
  8. Protective effect of some plant growth regulators against heavy metal stress. Bilateral Cooperation between Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and F.W.O. – Flanders, Belgium. (2002-2003).
  9. Protective effect of some plant growth regulators against heavy metal stress. Bilateral Cooperation between Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and F.W.O. – Flanders, Belgium. (2004-2005).
  10. Interaction of UV-radiation and some natural stresses on defence mechanisms in plants. Bilateral Cooperation between Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and National Center for Scientific investigations – Italy. (2004-2006).
  11. Hydrogen peroxide pretreatment alleviates abiotic stress injury in plants, Bilateral Cooperation between Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and National Science Council – Taiwan. (2004-2006).
  12. Progress in plant investigations for the improvement of the sustainability of agriculture. INI-14. (2006-2008).
  13. Protective role of salicylic acid derivatives against some pathogens of wheat, tomato and tobacco, CC-1413. (2005-2008).
  14. Influence of copper ions and phytohormones on growth and organogenesis of explants and cotyledons. B-1406. (2005-2008.)
  15. Production, study and experimentation of bioactive substances for plant disease control. BV-07. (2008-2010).
  16. Oxidative stress in economically important plant species and possibilities for its alleviation by application of environmental friendly substances, DMU 03/60. (2011-2013 – Project leader).

Teaching activity

Supervisor of M.Sc. degree projects of 5 undergraduate students (1999 – 2001) and 1 Bachelor’s degree project (2011).

Membership in national and international scientific associations, federations and societies

  • Member of Union of Scientists of Bulgaria (since 1998).
  • Member of Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology – FESPB (since 1997).

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