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):

    • 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
    • Postolache, D., Popescu, F., Paule, L., Ballian, D., Zhelev, P., Fărcaş, S., Paule, J. & Badea, O. Unique postglacial evolution of the hornbeam (Carpinus betulus L.) in the Carpathians and the Balkan Peninsula revealed by chloroplast DNA. Science of the Total Environment 599–600 (2017) 1493–1502. link
    • Halmagyi, A., Coste, A., Tripon, S. & Crăciun, C. Low temperature induced ultrastructural alterations in tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) shoot apex cells. Scientia Horticulturae 222 (2017): 22–31. link
    • Roman, A., Ursu T.M., Lăzărescu V.A., Opreanu C.H., Fărcaş S. Visualization techniques for an airborne laser scanning derived digital terrain model in forested steep terrain: Detecting archaeological remains in the subsurface. Geoarchaeology. 2017;00:1–14. link
    • Toma, V. A., Farcas, A., Parvu, M., Silaghi-Dumitrescu, R., Roman, I. (2017) CA3 hippocampal field: Cellular changes and its relation with blood nitro-oxidative stress reveal a balancing function of CA3 area in rats exposed to repetead restraint stress. Brain Research Bulletin 130 (2017) 10–17 link
    • Szekeres, E., Baricz, A., Chiriac, C., Farkas, A., Opriș, O., Soran, M.-L., Andrei, A.-Ș., Rudi, K., Balcázar, J.L., Dragoș, N., Coman, C. (2017). Abundance of antibiotics, antibiotic resistance genes and bacterial community composition in wastewater effluents from different Romanian hospitals. Environmental Pollution. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2017.01.054. link
    • Roman, A., Ursu, T., Fărcaş, S., Lăzărescu, V., & Opreanu, C. (2017). An integrated airborne laser scanning approach to forest management and cultural heritage issues: a case study at Porolissum, Romania. Annals of Forest Research. doi:10.15287/afr.2016.755. link pdf