Maria Geneva

Associate Professor Maria Geneva, PhD

Building 21, Office210, Lab 120
Тел.: +359-2-9792616; +359887268150

Research interests

Nitrogen fixation, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, symbiotic systems, carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus metabolism, phytoremediation, antioxidant activity, medicinal and aromatic plants.

Education and academic degrees

  • 1990 MSc, Chemical-technology and Metallurgy University, Faculty of Organic Chemistry.
  • 2003, PhD, Acad. M. Popov Institute of Plant Physiology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria, Scientific Advisor – Prof. G. Ignatov. PhD thesis – Changes in nitrogen and carbon metabolism in soybean plants, treated with malate, succinate, α-ketoglutarate or citrate. The role of di- and tricarboxylates during development of symbiotic relationship with Bradyrhizobium japonicum.

Professional background

  • 2016 – present, Leader of the Plant Soil Interaction Laboratory.
  • 2013 – present, Associate Professor, Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • 2005 – 2013, Assistant Professor, Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • 2000 – 2003, PhD Student, Acad. M. Popov Institute of Plant Physiology, BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • 1990 – 2005, Researcher, Acad. M. Popov Institute of Plant Physiology, BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria.


  • Project “Phytochemical and molecular-genetic characterization of medicinal plants of the Lamiaceae family with high content of biologically active substances”, Scientific Research Fund, 2016 to 2019, headed by Prof. Dr. Ira Stancheva,
  • Project “Adaptation of some in vitro propagated medicinal plants to the climatic conditions of Bulgaria and Slovakia”, International Bilateral Cooperation Project No DNTS/ Slovakia 01/3, 2016 at the Research Fund – Ministry of Education and Science with the Faculty of Humanities and Natural Sciences, University of Prešov, Slovakia, headed by Prof. Dr. Ira Stancheva.
  • BAS, International Scientific Cooperation, Egypt, “Introduction of new medicinal and aromatic plants for the pharmaceutical industry and improvement of their production through the use of biotechnological techniques”, headed by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Maria Geneva.

Selected publications

Geneva M., Y. Markovska, V. Vassileva, G. Ignatov. Diurnal variations in the activity of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase and NADP-malic enzyme during the early steps of interaction between Glycine max. and Bradyrhizobium japonicum. Biologia Plantarum, 46, 3, 2003, 399 – 403. IF:1.849

Geneva M, Zehirov G, Djonova E, Kaloyanova N, Georgiev G, Stancheva I. The effect of inoculation of pea plants with mycorrhizal fungi and Rhizobium on N and P assimilation. Plant, Soil and Environment, 52, 10, 2006, 435 – 440. IF:1.078

Stancheva I, Geneva M, Zehirov G, Tsvetkova G, Hristozkova M, Georgiev G. Effects of combined inoculation of pea plants with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and Rhizobium on nodule formation and nitrogen fixing activity, 61- 66. General Appl. Plant Physiol., special issue, 2006, 61 – 66

Geneva M., I. Stancheva, M. Sichanova, M. Boychinova, G. Georgiev, M. Dolezal. Improvement of milk thistle (Silybum marianum l.) seed yield and quality with foliar fertilization and growth effector MD 148/II. General and Applied Plant Physiology, 34, 3-4, 2008, 309 – 318

Geneva, M., G. Zehirov, I. Stancheva, G. Georgiev. Effect of soil fertilizer, foliar fertilizer, and growth regulator application on milk thistle (Silybum marianum L.) development, seed yield, and silymarin content. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 39, 1-2, 2008, 17 – 24. IF:0.39

Hristozkova M, Geneva M, Stancheva I. Effect of foliar feeding on growth and nitrogen assimilatory enzymes in alfalfa plants at insufficient molybdenum supply. Acta Biologica Hungarica, 60, 2, 2009, 211 – 219. IF:0.589

Geneva M., Hristozkova M, Yonova P., Boychinova M., Stancheva I. Effect of endomycorrhizal colonization with Glomus intraradices on growth and antioxidant capacity of Sideritis scardica Griseb. General and Applied Plant Physiology, 3, 1-2, 2010, 47 – 54

Geneva M., Stancheva I., Boychinova M., Mincheva N., Yonova P. Effects of foliar fertilization and arbuscular mycorrhizal colonization on Salvia officinalis L growth, antioxidant capacity, and essential oil composition. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 90, 4, 2010, 696 – 702. IF:1.714

Geneva M., Yu. Markovska, I. Stancheva. Metal uptake by Saint John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum l.) grown on industrially polluted soil. Proceeding Book from 6-th CAMAPSEEC 18-22 April, Antalya, Turkey, 2010, 722 – 731

Stanchev S., Boyanov T., Geneva M., Boychinova M., Stancheva I., Manolov I. Growth regulating activity of new 4-hydroxycoumarin derivatives on inoculated soybean plants. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, 29, 2010, 1 – 5. IF:2.237

Stancheva I, M. Geneva, M. Hristozkova, Y. Markovska, I. Salamon. Antioxidant capacity of sage grown on heavy metals polluted soil. Russ. J. Plant Physiol., 57, 7, 2010, 799 – 805. IF:0.946

Stancheva, I., Georgiev, G., Geneva, M., Ivanova, A, Doležal, M., Tůmová, L. Influence of foliar fertilization and growth regulator on milk thistle seed yield and quality. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 33, 6, 2010, 818 – 830. IF:0.494

Zayova E., I. Stancheva, M. Geneva, M. Petrova, R. Vasilevska-Ivanova. Morphological evaluation and antioxidant activity of in vitro- and in vivo- derived E. purpurea plants. Central European Journal of Biology, 7, 4, 2012, 698 – 707. IF:0.818

Zayova E., I. Stancheva, M. Geneva, M. Petrova, L. Dimitrova. Antioxidant activity of in vitro propagated Stevia rebaudiana plants from different origins. Turkish Journal of Biology, 37, 2013, 106 – 113. IF:1.343, SJR 0.492, Q2

Stancheva I, Geneva M, Markovska Yu, Tzvetkova N, Mitova I, Todorova M, Petorv P. A comparative study on plant morphology, gas exchange parameters and antioxidant response of Ocimum basilicum L. and Origanum vulgare L., grown on industrially polluted soil. Turkish Journal of Biology, 38, 2014, 89 – 103. IF:1.343, SJR 0.492, Q2

Hristozkova M, Geneva M, Stancheva I, Boychinova M, Djonova E. Aspects of mycorrhizal colonization in adaptation of sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana L.) grown on industrially polluted soil. Turkish Journal of Biology, 39, 2015, 461 – 468. IF:1.216, SJR 0.434, Q2

Hristozkova Marieta, Geneva Maria, Stancheva Ira, Boychinova Madlen, Djonova Efrosina, 2016, Contribution of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in attenuation of heavy metal impact on Calendula officinalis development, Applied Soil Ecology, 101, 57-63, SJR 1.015, IF 2.786, Q1

Zayova E, Stancheva I, Geneva* M, Petrova M and Dimitrova L, Comparison of antioxidant activity of the fruits derived from in vitro propagated and traditionally cultivated tayberry plants, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 96, 3477–3483, 2016, SJR: 0.906; ISI IF:2.463, Q1

Mitova I., Nenova L., Stancheva I., Geneva M., Hristozkova M., Mincheva J., 2017, Lettuce response to nitrogen fertilizers and root mycorrhization, Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science, 23(2) 260–264, SJR: 0.262, Q3

Hristozkova M., I. Stancheva, M. Geneva, M. Boychinova, 2017, Comparison of several arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana l.) symbiotic associations in heavy metal polluted soil, Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 23(3), 436-442, SJR: 0.262, Q3

Hristozkova M, Geneva M, Stancheva I, Ivan Iliev, Concepcion Azcon-Aguilar, 2017, Symbiotic association between golden berry (Physalis peruviana L.) and arbuscular mycorrhiza fungi in heavy metal contaminated soil, Journal of Plant Protection Research, 57, 2, 173-184, SJR: 0.438, Q2

Stancheva I, Geneva M, Hristozkova M, Sichanova M, Donkova R, Petkova G, Djonova E, 2017, Response of Vigna unguiculata grown under different soil moisture regimes to the dual inoculation with nitrogen-fixing bacteria and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 48, 12, 1378-1386, SJR: 0.341, IF: 0.482, Q2

Hristozkova M, Geneva M, Stancheva I, Velikova V., 2017, Led spectral composition effects on mycorrhizal symbiosis formation with tomato plants, Applied Soil Ecology 120 (2017) 189–196, SJR: 1.104, IF:2,916, Q1

Zayova E., Stancheva I., Geneva M., Hristozkova M., Dimitrova L., Petrova M., Sichanova M., Salamon I., Mudroncekova S., 2018, Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi enhance antioxidant capacity of in vitro propagated garden thyme (Thymus vulgaris L.), Symbiosis, 74, 3, 177-187, SJR: 0.636, IF: 1,713, Q1

Miladinova-Georgieva K., Ivanova K., Georgieva T., Geneva M., Petrov P., Stancheva I., Markovska Y., 2018, EDTA and citrate impact on heavy metals phytoremediation using paulownia hybrids, International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 63(1/2), 31-46, SJR: 0.215, IF: 0.506, Q3

Zayova E, Geneva M, Stancheva I, Dimitrova L, Petrova M, Hristozkova M, Ivan Salamon, 2018, Evaluation of the antioxidant potential of in vitro propagated hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis L.) with different plant growth regulators, Medicinal Plants – International Journal of Phytomedicines and Related Industries, 10 (4), 2018, 295-304, SJR: 0.156, Q4

Dimitrova V.L., Paunov M.M., Goltsev V., Geneva M.P., Markovska Y.K., 2019, Effect of soil salinity on growth, metal distribution and photosynthetic performance of two Lycium species, Photosynthetica, 57, 1, SJR: 0.663, IF: 1.620, Q2

Stancheva I., Geneva M., Hristozkova M., Zayova E., 2019, Comparison of bioactive compounds in Hyssopus officinalis plants collected from natural habitats with those propagated from seed and in vitro, Journal of Herbs, Spices & Medicinal Plants SJR: 0.184; Q3

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