Director – Prof. Dr. Snezhanka Doncheva

Professor Dr. Snezhanka Doncheva

Director of the Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics

Phone: +359-2-979-2606; +359-2-8728170; +359-887 377 387

Fax: +359-2-8739952


Office: Bldg. 21, Room #204
Office hours: Wednesday and Thursday: 1400 – 1700

Education and scientific degrees

  • MSc, Biochemistry and Microbiology 1976, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University ‘St. Kl. Ohridski’.
  • PhD, Plant physiology, 1986, Acad. M. Popov Institute of Plant Physiology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.


  • 1977-1986 – Research scientist, Institute of Plant Physiology – BAS.
  • 1986-1989 – Assistant professor II deg., Institute of Plant Physiology – BAS.
  • 1989-1997 – Assistant professor I deg., Institute of Plant Physiology – BAS.
  • 1997-2012 – Docent, Institute of Plant Physiology anf Genetics – BAS.
  • 1998-2003 – Head of Laboratory ‘Plant mineral nutritions’, Institute of Plant Physiology – BAS.
  • 2004-2006 – Scientific secretary of the Institute of Plant Physiology – BAS.
  • 2006-2010 – Vice director of the Institute of Plant Physiology – BAS.
  • 2010 – Director of the Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics – BAS.
  • 2012 – Professor, Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics – BAS.

Scientific interests

Plant physiology and biochemistry; mineral nutrition of plants; absorption, transport and distribution of the mineral elements in plant organs;  alterations in the morphofunctional state of cell organelles under diverse environmental conditions; physiology of metal toxicity and tolerance.

 Membership in national and international organizations

  • Member of the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria.
  • Chairman of division ‘Plant physiology and biochemistry’ – Union of Scientists in Bulgaria.
  • Member of the Federation of the European scieties of Plant Biology.

Specializations abroad

  • 2000 – Finland, Helsinki University, Department of Plant Production.
  • 2003 – Spain, Lab. Fisiologia Vegetal, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona.

Selected publications

Ananieva K, Ananiev ED, Doncheva S, Georgieva K, Tzvetkova N, Kamınek M, Motyka V, Dobrev P, Gajdosova S, Malbeck J (2008) Senescence progression in a single darkened cotyledon depends on the light status of the other cotyledon in Cucurbita pepo (zucchini) seedlings: potential involvement of cytokinins and cytokinin oxidase/dehydrogenase activity. Physiologia Plantarum, 134(4), 609-623.

Dikova R, Doncheva S, Stoyanova Z (2006) Influence of silicon pretreatment on ascobtic acid content and redox status in Mn-treated maize plant. Compt. Rend. Acad. Bulg. Sci., 58(9).

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 (1998) Copper-induced alteration in structure and proliferation of maize root meristem cells. J. Plant Physiol., 153 (3-4), 482-487.

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.

Doncheva S, Stoyanova Z, Georgieva K, Nedeva D, Dikova R, Zehirov G, Nikolova A (2006) Exogenous succinate increases resistance of maize plants to copper stress. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci, 169, 247-254.

Doncheva S, Georgieva K, Vassileva V, Stoyanova Z, Popov N, Ignatov G (2005) Effects of Succinate on Manganese Toxicity in Pea Plants. J. Plant Nutrition, 28 47-62.

Doncheva S, Nikolov B, Ogneva V (1996) Effect of copper excess on the morphology of the nucleus in maize root meristem cells. Physiologia Plantarum, 96, 118-122.

Doncheva S, Poschenrider C, Amenos M, Barcelo J (2005) Root cell pattern a primary target for aluminium toxicity in maize. J. Experimental Botany, 56, 414, 1213 -1220.

Doncheva S, Poschenrieder C, Stoyanova Z, Georgieva K, Velichkova M, Barceló J (2009) Silicon ameliorates manganese toxicity in Mn-sensitive maize, but is not responsible for tolerance in a Mn-tolerant maize genotype. Env. Exp. Bot., 65(2-3), 189-197.

Doncheva S, Stoyanova Z, Gradinarcki L, Ignatov G (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.

Doncheva S, Stoyanova Z, Velikova V (2001) The influence of succinate on zinc toxicity of pea plants. J Plant Nutr, 24(6), 789-806.

Doncheva S, Vassileva V, Ignatov G, Pandev S, Dris R, Niskanen R (2001) Influence of nitrogen deficiency on photosynthesis and chloroplast ultrastructure in pepper plants. Agricultural and Food Science in Finland, 10, 59-64.

Georgieva K, Doncheva S, Mihailova G, Petkova S (2010) Effect of light on the photosynthetic activity during desiccation of the resurrection plant Haberlea rhodopensis. In: Proceedings of the 15th International Congress on Photosynthesis, Beijing, China 2010 (in press).

Georgieva K, Ivanova A, Doncheva S, Petkova S, Stefanov D, Péli E, Tuba Z (2010) Changes in fatty acid content during reconstitution of photosynthetic apparatus of poikilochlorophyllous and air dried Xerophyta scabrida leaves following rehydration. Biologia Plantarum, (in press).

Ilieva I, Dikova R, Ivanova T, Doncheva S, Kostov P, Sapunova S (2007) Impact of Different Substrate Moisture Levels on Lettuce Plants during Ground Based Experiments in SVET-2 Space Greenhouse. Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies (RAST 2007) ( ISBN: 1-4244-1057-6, IEEE Catalog Number: 07EX1710), 14-16 June 2007 Istanbul, Turkey, pp. 715-718.

Kostov P, Ivanova T, Sapunova S, Doncheva S, Tzvetkova N, Ilieva I (2006) Ground Based Verification Tests and Equipment for Selection of Root-Zone Media for Higher Plant Cultivation in Space. Proceedings of the AIAA 57th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2006) (ISBN: 978-160560039-0), 2-6 October 2006, Valencia, Spain, Vol. 2, pp. 883-897.

Poschenrieder C, Amenós M, Corrales I, Doncheva S, Barceló J (2009) Root Behavior in Response to Aluminum Toxicity. Plant-Environment Interactions, Ed.: F. Baluska, 21-43 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-89230-4_2 © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Poschenrieder C, Doncheva S, Sonbol F, Amenos M, Barcelo J (2004) Microtubule organization but not a Tub 1 and a Tub 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.

Stoyanova Z, Doncheva S (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.

Stoyanova Z, Poschenrieder C, Tzvetkova N, Doncheva S (2009) Characterization of the tolerance to excess manganese in four maize varieties. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 55(6), 747-753.

Stoyanova Z, Zozikova E, Poschenrieder C, Barcelo J, Doncheva S (2008) The effect of silicon on the symptoms of manganese toxicity in maize plants. Acta Biologica Hungarica, 59(4), 479-487.

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