Faculty of Biology and Geology, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, A. Borza Botanical Garden, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Institute of Biological Research, Cluj-Napoca, and Romanian Phytosociological Society organise: 
Biogeography of the Carpathians
Ecological and evolutionary facets of biodiversity
in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 28th to 30th September 2017

New grant award:
Dr. Cristian Coman awarded 133k EUR for the research project "Antarctic bacteria against human pathogens: a quest for new antimicrobial compounds.", which is funded by the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research.

New Journal Club meeting:

Speaker: Bogdan Hurdu.

When: next Thursday, Jan 19, 1 PM. More details here:

Seminar announcement:
Dr. Ovidiu Păun, Univ. of Vienna.
"Adaptation to Environment and 
Convergent Processes in Evolution"
11/22/2016, 12:00 noon, "Al. Borza" Botanical Garden Auditorium. 

New Journal Club meeting:

Speaker: Bogdan Drugă.

When: next Thursday, Oct 27, 1 PM. More details here:

Our colleague, Ștefan Andrei, has successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled: "Illuminating the microbial ecology of extreme saline meromictic lakes". Here is a summary of his thesis.

Dr. Mihai Miclăuș awarded 124k EUR for "Understanding the control of nuclear-gene-expression by the cytoplasmic genomes using maize isonuclear lines", which is funded by the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research, through the Young Research Teams Programme.
Please join us in congratulating Dr Gheorghe Coldea for being inducted in the Romanian Academy as corresponding member!
Dr. Cristian Coman awarded 1 million EUR for the project "Methodological guide for monitoring antibiotic residues and antimicrobial resistance in the environment as a supporting instrument for an enhanced quality management of surface waters and groundwater", part of the EEA Grants scheme
Three post-doctoral research projects, totalling € 200 000 (approx.  66 000 each) awarded to Dr. Ioan Bacila, Dr. Bogdan Hurdu, and Dr. Adrian Stoica. These are:

Dr. Sorina Fărcaș will lead the five-member team of our institute in a Joint Applied Research Project, coordinated by the Institute of Archeology and Art History, Cluj-Napoca: "Seeing the unseen. Landscape archaeology on the northern frontier of the Roman Empire at Porolissum (Romania)", funded by the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research (PN-II-PT-PCCA-2011-3-0924).

Dr. Mihai Miclaus awarded 2.000.000 RON (€ 440 000 equivalent) for:
"Evaluating the existing genetic diversity among local maize inbred lines towards developing new hybrids, with superior qualities and increased productivity" - project funded under the Joint Applied Research Projects Call, PN-II-PT-PCCA-2011-3.1-0511, of the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research. Half of the budget will be shared by the two partners in the consortium: the Agricultural Research and Development Station, Turda, and the Oncology Institutute "Prof. Dr. Ion Chiricuta", Cluj-Napoca  

Dr. Adela Halmagyi awarded 1 397 000 RON (€ 323 000 equivalent) for:
"Assessment of genetic stability in cryopreserved Romanian elite tomato (Lycopersicon
esculentum Mill.) cultivars" - project funded under the IDEI-PCE2011 call of the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research. 

Dr. Cosmin Sicora awarded 3 811 557 RON (€890 000 equivalent) for: 
"Biotechnology in conversion of solar energy into hydrogen using photosynthetic microorganisms"; a project to which the EU is the major financial contributor through the European Regional Development Fund. 


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Recent publications (ISI):

  • Roman A., Gafta D., Ursu T.M., Cristea V. 2018. Plant assemblages of abandoned ore mining heaps: a case study from Roşia Montană mining area, Romania. Chapter 14, p. 303-332. IN: Fujiwara K., Greller A.M., Pedrotti F. (Eds.) Geobotany Series: Geographical Changes in Vegetation and Plant Functional Types. Springer International Publishing AG.


  • Vassilev K.; Ruprecht E., Alexiu V., Becker T., Beldean M., Biță-Nicolae C., Csergő A.M., Dzhovanova I., Filipova E., Frink J.P., Gafta D., Georgieva M., Germany M.S., Goia I., Gumus M., Hennekens S.H., Janišová M., Knollová I., Koleva V., Kostadinova S., Kuzmanović N., Loos J., Mardari C., Michl T., Neblea M.A., Ion Nicoară R., Novák P., Öllerer K., Onete M., Palpurina S., Paulini I., Pedashenko H., Pușcaș M., Roman A., Šibík J., Sîrbu C., Stancu D., Sutcliffe L., Szabó A., Tomescu C.V., Totev E., Tsvetanov B., Turtureanu P.D., Vassileva P., Velev N. & Dengler J. 2018. The Romanian Grassland Database (RGD): historical background, current status and future perspectives. Phytocoenologia 48 (1): 91-100. link
  • Szekeres, E., Chiriac, C., Baricz, A.,  Szőke-Nagy, T., Lung, I., Soran, M.-L., Rudi, K., Dragos, N. Coman, C. 2018.  Investigating antibiotics, antibiotic resistance genes, and microbial contaminants in groundwater in relation to the proximity of urban areas. Environmental Pollution, 236:734-744. link
  • Dan Gafta, Anamaria Roman and Tudor Ursu 2018. Trends in single trait dispersion between early-mid successional stages: the importance of species pool extension and habitat scale. Journal of Plant Ecology. 11(1): 103-113 link
  • Vlad Al. Toma, Anca D. Farcas, Ioana Roman, Bogdan Sevastre, Denisa Hathazi, Florina Scurtu, Grigore Damian, Radu Silaghi-Dumitrescu, 2018. In vivo evaluation of hemerythrin-based oxygen carriers: Similarities with hemoglobin-based counterparts. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 107 (2018) 1422–1427. link
  • Fanin, N., Gundale, M.J., Farrell, M., Ciobanu, M., Baldock, J.A., Nilsson, M.C., Kardol, P., Wardle, D.A. 2017. Consistent effects of biodiversity loss on multifunctionality across contrasting ecosystems. Nature Ecology & Evolution. link
  • Schwarz, B., Barnes, A.D., Thakur, M.P., Brose, U., Ciobanu, M., Reich, P.B., Rich, R.L., Rosenbaum, B., Stefanski, A., Eisenhauer, N. 2017. Warming alters energetic structure and function but not resilience of soil food webs. Nature Climate Change. link
  • Ciobanu M., Popovici I. (2017) Structural and functional diversity of nematode fauna associated with habitats located in the Natura 2000 site Apuseni (Romania). Russian Journal of Nematology, 2017, 25 (1), 23 – 36. PDF
  • Vlad Al.Toma, Anca D.Farcas, Ioana RomanBogdan Sevastre, Denisa Hathazi, Florina Scurtu, Grigore Damian, Radu Silaghi-Dumitrescu, In vivo evaluation of hemerythrin-based oxygen carriers: similarities with hemoglobin-based counterparts, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. link
  • Alexandra C. Sevastre-Berghian, Vlad Făgărăsan, Vlad A. Toma, Ioana Bâldea, Diana Olteanu, Remus Moldovan, Nicoleta Decea,Gabriela A. Filip, and Simona V. Clichici, 2017. Curcumin Reverses the Diazepam-Induced Cognitive Impairment by Modulation of Oxidative Stress and ERK 1/2/NF-kB Pathway in Brain. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 3037876, 16 pages. link
  • Halmagyi, A., Surducan, E., Surducan, V. (2017) The effect of low- and high-power microwave irradiation on in vitro grown Sequoia plants and their recovery after cryostorage. Journal of Biological Physics 43: 367-379. link
  • Adrian Florea, Constantin Puică, Sami Hamed, Mariana Tilinca, Horea Matei, Nov. 2017. Histopathological and ultrastructural changes experimentally induced by bee venom in seminiferous epithelium via structural-functional alteration of Sertoli cells. Micron, 102: 1-14. link
  • Cecilia M. ChiriacEdina Szekeres, Knut Rudi, Andreea Baricz, Adriana Hegedus, Nicolae Dragoş & Cristian Coman 2017. Differences in temperature and water chemistry shape distinct diversity patterns in thermophilic microbial communities. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, doi: 10.1128/AEM.01363-17. link
  • Adrian-Ştefan Andrei, Andreea Baricz, Michael Scott Robeson II, Manuela Raluca Păuşan, Tudor Tămaş, Cecilia Chiriac, Edina Szekeres, Lucian Barbu-Tudoran, Erika Andrea Levei, Cristian Coman, Mircea Podar & Horia Leonard Banciu. 2017. Hypersaline sapropels act as hotspots for microbial dark matter. Scientific Reports 7. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-06232-w link
  • Thakur, M.P., Tilman, D., Purschke, O., Ciobanu, M., Cowles, J., Isbell, F., Wragg, P.D., Eisenhauer, N. 2017. Climate warming promotes species diversity, but with greater taxonomic redundancy, in complex environments. Science Advances Vol. 3, no. 7, e1700866. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700866. link
  • Chiriac, C. M., Baricz, A., Szekeres, E., Rudi, K., Dragoș, N., Coman, C. 2017. Microbial Composition and Diversity Patterns in Deep Hyperthermal Aquifers from the Western Plain of Romania. Microbial Ecology (2017). DOI: 10.1007/s00248-017-1031-x. link
  • Cesarz, S., Ciobanu, M., Wright, A. J., Ebeling, A.,  Vogel, A., Weisser, W. W., Eisenhauer, N. 2017. Plant species richness sustains higher trophic levels of soil nematode communities after consecutive environmental perturbations. Oecologia, DOI 10.1007/s00442-017-3893-5. link
  • Roman, I., Farcaș, A., Toma, V. Al. Effect of Lingonberry Extracts on Blood Pressure and Myocardium in Paracetamol Intoxication. Bulletin UASVM Veterinary Medicine 74(1) / 2017, Print ISSN 1843-5270; Electronic ISSN 1843-5378. link