Svetlana Misheva

Professor Svetlana Misheva, PhD

(also known as Svetlana Landjeva)

Building 25
Office 319; Lab 320
Phone: +359 2 979 3677; +359 2 979 3674

Current activities

Dr. Svetlana Misheva is a plant geneticist. Currently, she is head of the Research group “Genetic resources, mineral nutrition and stress tolerance in cereals”, Laboratory “Plant-Soil Interactions” at the Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics. Her goal is to contribute to the understanding of genetic and physiological determinants of plant abiotic and biotic stress tolerance, and nitrogen use efficiency in cereals. Svetlana works in collaboration with plant physiologists, biophysicists, cytologists, phytopathologists, entomologists and breeders to:

  • evaluate wheat genetic diversity;
  • get knowledge about the genetic control of important agronomic traits, and biotic and abiotic stress resistance in wheat.

Academic qualifications

  • MSc in Molecular and Functional Biology, major in Genetics – Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria – 1986.
  • PhD in Genetics – Institute of Genetics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria – 2000.


  • Molecular Marker Applications to Plant Breeding – CYMMYT, Mexico, 1996.
  • Molecular cytogenetic methods (FISH, GISH) in plants – Agricultural Research Institute, Martonvásár, Hungary, 2007.

Work experience

  • 1988 – 2008 Research associate – Institute of Genetics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences .
  • 2008 – 2018 Senior research associate (docent) – Institute of Genetics, Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
  • 2018 – prsent Professor – Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
  • 2006 – 2009 Visiting scientist – Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany.


  • 2005 – present member of EWAC (European Cereal Genetics Co-operative).
  • 2008 – 2009 member of EUCARPIA (European Association for Research on Plant Breeding).

Current projects

  • Genome wide association study of grain yield, grain protein content and grain nitrogen concentration in Bulgarian bread wheat germplasm – Grant KP-06-N31/17 (Bulgarian NSF) (principal investigator).
  • Evaluation of drought stress response based on the investigation of the relationship between photosynthesis and nitrogen metabolism of modern Bulgarian and Slovak bread wheat varieties – bilateral project with Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra – Grant DNTS/Slovakia-01/4 (Bulgarian NSF) (principal investigator).
  • Role of bio-active substances in the stress responses of crop plants: Effects on photosynthesis and their interaction with plant hormones bilateral co-operation with Hungarian Academy of Sciences (participant).


  • IPK, Gatersleben, Germany (Dr. Andreas Börner).
  • Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia (Dr. Tatyana Pshenichnikova).
  • Agricultural Institute, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Martonvásár, Hungary (Prof. Tibor Janda).
  • Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia (Prof. Marian Brestic).
  • N.I. Vavilov All-Russian Research Institute of Plant Genetic Resources, St Petersburg, Russia (Prof. Elena Khlestkina).
  • Lochow-Petkus, Einbeck, Germany (Dr. Viktor Korzun).

Other interests

Gorgeous sons first, but then sports with focus on hiking and trekking, folk dances, good books and music.

Publication activity

Scientific publications: 93. In Journals with IF: 35

Scopus h-index: 10

Citations: 682

Selected publications

Chovancek E, Zivcak M, Botyanszka L, Hauptvogel P, Yang X, Misheva S, Hussain S, and Brestic M (2019) Transient heat wave may affect the photosynthetic capacity of susceptible wheat genotypes due to insufficient photosystem I photoprotection. Plants, Special Issue “Molecular Mechanisms and Genetics of Plant Resistance to Abiotic Stress”, MDPI, 8, 282

Pál M, Ivanovska B, Oláh T, Tajti J, Áron Hamow K, Szalai G, Khalil R, Vanková R, Dobrev P, Misheva SP, and Janda T (2019) Role of polyamines in plant growth regulation of Rht wheat mutants. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 137: 189–202

Kartseva T, Börner A, and Misheva S (2018) Wheat semi-dwarfing genes affect plant response to drought-induced oxidative stress in a genotype dependent manner. Genetics and Plant Physiology, 8(1–2):38–50

Shchukina LV, Pshenichnikova TA, Khlestkina EK, Misheva S, Kartseva T, Abugalieva A, and Börner A (2018) Chromosomal location and mapping of quantitative trait loci determining technological parameters of grain and flour in strong-flour bread wheat cultivar Saratovskaya 29. Cereal Research Communications, 46, 4: 628-638

Brestic M, Zivcak M, Hauptvogel P, Misheva S, Kocheva K, Yang X, Li X, and Allakhverdiev SI (2018) Wheat plant selection for high yields entailed improvement of leaf anatomical and biochemical traits including tolerance to non-optimal temperature conditions. Photosynthesis Research 136, 245–255

Jusovic M, Velitchkova MY, Misheva SP, Börner A, Apostolova EL, and Dobrikova AG (2018) Photosynthetic responses of a wheat mutant (Rht-B1c) with altered DELLA proteins to salt stress. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, 37(2): 645-656

Petrov P, Petrova A, Dimitrov I, Tashev T, Olsovska K, Brestic M, and Misheva S (2018) Relationships between leaf morpho-anatomy, water status and cell membrane stability in leaves of wheat seedlings subjected to severe soil drought. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science, 204: 435-441

Dobrikova AG, Yotsova EK, Börner A, Landjeva SP, and Apostolova EL (2017). The wheat mutant DELLA-encoding gene (Rht-B1c) affects plant photosynthetic responses to cadmium stress. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 114: 10-18

Landjeva S, Koutev V, Tsenov N, Chamurlijski P, Trifonova T, Nenova V, Kartseva V, Kocheva K, Petrov P, and Georgiev G (2016). Productivity and nitrogen use efficiency in bread wheat – comparative analysis of old and modern Bulgarian cultivars. Scientific Works of the Institute of Agriculture – Karnobat, Bulgaria, 3(1) 2014: 267-276

Landjeva S, Ganeva G, Korzun V, Palejev D, Chebotar S, and Kudrjavtsev A (2015). Genetic diversity of old bread wheat germplasm from the Black Sea region evaluated by microsatellites and agronomic traits. Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization 13: 119-130

Pshenichnikova TA, Khlestkina EK, Landjeva S, Kartseva T, Börner A, Simonov AV, Shchukina LV, and Morozova EV (2015). Genetic dissection of earliness by analysis of a recombinant chromosome substitution double haploid mapping population of bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) in different geographic regions. Euphytica 206: 191-202

Ganeva G, Landjeva S, Belchev I, and Koleva L (2014). Characterization of two wheat doubled haploid populations for resistance to common bunt and its association with agronomic traits. Cereal Research Communications 42: 484–494; RG IF 2014 – 0.82

Kocheva K, Nenova V, Karceva T, Petrov P, Georgiev GI, Börner A, and Landjeva S (2014). Changes in water status, membrane stability and antioxidant capacity of wheat seedlings carrying different Rht-B1 dwarfing alleles under drought stress. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science 200: 83-91

Nenova V, Kocheva K, Petrov P, Georgiev G, Karceva T, Börner A, and Landjeva S (2014). Wheat Rht-B1 dwarfs exhibit better photosynthetic response to water deficit at seedling stage compared to the wild type. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science 200: 434-443

Kocheva KV, Landjeva SP, and Georgiev GI (2014). Variation in ion leakage parameters of two wheat genotypes with different Rht-B1 alleles in response to drought. Journal of Biosciences 39: 753-759

Landjeva S, Börner A, Pshenichnikova T, Khlestkina E, Kartseva T, and Lohwasser U (2014). The genetic approach to physiological studies in bread wheat. Genetics and Plant Physiology 4(1–2): 68–79

Börner A, Landjeva S, Nagel M, Rehman Arif MA, Allam M, Agacka M, Doroszewska T, and Lohwasser U (2014). Plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) – maintenance and research. Genetics and Plant Physiology 4(1–2): 13-21

Ganeva G, Petrova T, Landjeva S, Todorovska E, Kolev S, Galiba G, Szira F, and Bálint A (2013). Frost tolerance in winter wheat (Triticum aestivum) cultivars: differential effects of chromosome 5A and association with microsatellite alleles. Biologia Plantarum 57: 184-188

Landjeva S, Kocheva K, Karceva T, Sepsi A, Molnár I, Schneider A, Ganeva G, Georgiev G, and Molnár-Láng M (2012) Molecular cytogenetic identification of a wheat-Aegilops geniculata Roth spontaneous chromosome substitution and its effects on the growth and physiological responses of seedlings to osmotic stress. Plant Breed 131: 81-87

Landjeva S, Karceva T, Korzun V, and Ganeva G (2011) Seedling growth under osmotic stress and agronomic traits in Bulgarian semi-dwarf wheat – comparison of genotypes with Rht8 and/or Rht-B1 genes. Crop & Pasture Sci 62 (12): 1017-1025

Melnikova NV, Ganeva GD, Popova ZG, Landjeva S and Kudryavtsev AM (2010) Gliadins of Bulgarian durum wheat (Triticum durum Desf.) landraces: genetic diversity and geographical distribution. Genet Resour Crop Evol 57:587-595

Ganeva G, Korzun V, Landjeva S, Popova Z, and Hristov N (2010) Genetic diversity assessment of Bulgarian durum wheat (Triticum durum Desf.) landraces and modern cultivars using microsatellite markers. Genet Resour Crop Evol 57:273-285

Landjeva S, Lohwasser U, and Börner A (2010) Genetic mapping within the wheat D genome reveals QTL for germination, seed vigour and longevity, and early seedling growth. Euphytica 171:129-143

Nagel M, Vogel H, Landjeva S, Buck-Sorlin G, Lohwasser U, Scholz U, and Börner A (2009) Seed conservation in ex situ genebanks – genetic studies on longevity in barley. Euphytica 170: 5-14

Nenova V, Merakchiyska M, Ganeva G, Zozikova E and Landjeva S (2009) Physiological responses of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) – Aegilops sharonensis introgression lines to excess copper. J Agron Crop Sci 195:197-203

Kocheva KV, Kartseva Т, Landjeva S and Georgiev G (2009) Physiological response of wheat seedlings to mild and severe osmotic stress. Cereal Res Commun 37: 199-208

Ganeva G, Petrova T, Law CN, Landjeva S and Sayers L (2008) Plant survival after freezing in wheat ‘Cappelle Desprez’ (‘Bezostaya 1’) intervarietal chromosome substitution lines. Plant Breed 127:121–124

Landjeva S, Neumann K, Lohwasser U and Börner A (2008) Molecular mapping of genomic regions associated with growth response to osmotic stress in wheat seedlings. Biol Plant 52: 259-266

Landjeva S, Korzun V, Stoimenova E, Truberg B, Ganeva G and Börner A (2008) The contribution of the gibberellin-insensitive semi-dwarfing (Rht) genes to genetic variation in wheat seedling growth in response to osmotic stress. J Agric Sci 146:275-286

Landjeva S, Korzun V and Börner A (2007) Molecular markers: actual and potential contributions to wheat genome characterization and breeding. Euphytica 156:271–296

Landjeva S, Korzun V and Ganeva G (2006) Evaluation of genetic diversity among Bulgarian winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) varieties during the period 1925-2003 using microsatellites. Genet Resour Crop Evol 53:1605-1614

Landjeva S, Korzun V, Tsanev V, Vladova R and Ganeva G (2006) Distribution of the wheat-rye translocation 1RS.1BL among bread wheat varieties of Bulgaria. Plant Breed 125: 102-104

Ganeva G, Korzun V, Landjeva S, Tsenov N and Atanasova M (2005) Identification, distribution and effects on agronomic traits of the semi-dwarfing Rht alleles in Bulgarian bread wheat cultivars. Euphytica 145: 305-315

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