NP “European Scientific Networks”


The Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences is among the 12 Bulgarian scientific organizations and state universities beneficiaries of the new National program “European Scientific Networks” governed by the Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria with a total budget of 2 497 000 leva for the year 2020. The program encompasses the period 2020-2022 and follows the goals and impacts of the Twinning action under HORIZON 2020:

  • development and maintenance of scientific networks and partnerships between Bulgarian and leading European institutions
  • improvement the research capacity of Bulgarian institutions in a specific research filed for efficient enrollment in doctoral and postdoctoral programs, project management and
  • increased reputation and visibility of Bulgarian institutions at the world scientific map
  • successful participation in project initiatives at national and international level (e. g. Horizon Europe 2021-2027)

The participation of the Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics reflects the capacity of the institution as a one of the leading institutions at national and international level in the field of investigations on molecular-genetics and physiological investigations in plants.

The BULCode project entitled „Fostering plant biodiversity research capacity in Bulgaria through scientific excellence in DNA barcoding and metabarcoding“, with Assist. Prof. Dr Georgi Bonchev as  leader, will be realized in partnership with:

Institute of biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

University of Helsinki, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Finland.

The ultimate goal of the BULCode project is to enhance the research capacity and proficiency of the IPPG and its Bulgarian partner IBER in DNA barcoding technologies and their use for assessment and cataloguing of Bulgarian plant biodiversity, studying ecology dynamics and taxonomic identification of plant species. The Bulgarian team will profit from a transfer of knowledge from a European institution with demonstrated expertise in DNA barcoding and metabarcoding of plants – the University of Helsinki (Finland). The partner is research hub and coordinator of the Finnish Barcode of Life (FinBOL), and it will integrate components of their national DNA barcoding networks into to the area of research in Bulgaria. The transfer of scientific knowledge will be implemented through training schools, workshops, short-term visits and networking. As a major output, the realization of the project tasks will strengthen the research, innovation and networking capacity but also the visibility of the applying institute IPPG and its partner IBER as centers of competence for implementing and promoting advanced biodiversity research using DNA barcoding technologies in Bulgaria.

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