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. 


We're not just lab rats

Recent publications (ISI):

  • Bogdan-Iuliu Hurdu, Tania Escalante, Mihai Pușcaș, Andrew Novikoff, László Bartha, Niklaus E. Zimmermann (2016) Exploring the different facets of plant endemism in the South-Eastern Carpathians: a manifold approach for the determination of biotic elements, centres and areas of endemism, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, published online first, DOI: 10.1111/bij.12902
  • Andrei, A.-Ș., Baricz, A., Păuşan, M.R., Muntean, V., Sicora, C.I., Alexe, M., Rakosy-Tican, E., Banciu, H.L. (2016) Spatial distribution and molecular diversity of archaeal communities in the extreme hypersaline meromictic Brâncoveanu Lake (Transylvanian Basin, Romania). Geomicrobiology Journal, DOI:10.1080/01490451.2016.1149527
  • Soran, M.-L., Lung, I., Opriş, O., Floare-Avram, V., Coman, C. (2016) Determination of Antibiotics in Surface Water by Solid-Phase Extraction and High-Performance Liquid Chromatography with Diode Array and Mass Spectrometry Detection. Analytical Letters, DOI: 10.1080/00032719.2016.1209516.
  • Hegedűs, A., Mocan, A., Barbu-Tudoran, L., Coman, C., Dragoș, N. (2016) Molecular phylogeny of Botryococcus braunii strains (race A) – An integrative approach. Algal Research, 19,189-197.
  • Farkas, A., Crăciunaş, C., Chiriac, C., Szekeres, E., Coman, C., Butiuc-Keul A. (2016) Exploring the Role of Coliform Bacteria in Class 1 Integron Carriage and Biofilm Formation During Drinking Water Treatment. Microbial Ecology, DOI: 10.1007/s00248-016-0758-0
  • Toma, V.Al., Farcaș, A.D., Roman, I., Sevastre, B., Hathazi, D., Scurtu, F., Damian, G., Silaghi-Dumitrescu, R. (2016), Comparative in vivo effects of hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers (HBOC) with varying prooxidant and physiological reactivity, PloS One, 11(4): e0153909. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0153909
  • Bogdan Drugă, Patrick Turko, Piet Spaak, and Francesco Pomati (2016) Cyanobacteria Affect Fitness and Genetic Structure of Experimental Daphnia Populations, Environ. Sci. Technol., 50 (7), pp 3416–3424.
  • Xu, J.-H., Wang, R., Li, X., Miclăuș, M., Messing, J., (2016) Locus- and Site-Specific DNA Methylation of 19 kDa Zein Genes in Maize, PLoS One, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146416

  • Ardelean, I.V., Keller, C., Scheidegger C., (2015) Effects of Management on Lichen Species Richness, Ecological Traits and Community Structure in the Rodnei Mountains National Park (Romania), PLoS One, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0145808
  • Băcilă, I., Şuteu, D., Coldea, G. (2015) Genetic divergence and phylogeography of the alpine plant taxon Onobychis transsilvanica (Fabaceae), Botany, 93: 1-10.
  • Ciobanu, M., Popovici, I. (2015) Soil nematode communities in three Natura 2000 sites of the Trascău Mountains (Romania). Annals of Forest Research (Online first):1-12.
  • Coman, C., Chiriac, C.M., Robeson, M. S., Ionescu, C., Dragos, N., Barbu-Tudoran, L., Andrei, A. S., Banciu, H. L., Sicora, C., Podar, M. (2015) Structure, mineralogy, and microbial diversity of geothermal spring microbialites associated with a deep oil drilling in Romania, Frontiers in Microbiology, 6, art 253, DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00253
  • Coste, A., Şuteu, D., Băcilă, I., Deliu, C., Vălimăreanu, S., Halmagyi, A. (2015) Genetic integrity assessment of cryopreserved tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) genotypes. Turkish Journal of Biology, 39: 638-648. 
  • Ciobanu, M., Popovici, I., Zhao, J., Stoica, I-A. (2015) Patterns of relative magnitudes of soil energy channels and their relationships with environmental factors in different ecosystems in Romania, Scientific Reports
  • Grindean, R., Feurdean, A., Hurdu, B., Fărcaş, Sorina, Tanţău, I.: Lateglacial/Holocene transition to mid-Holocene: Vegetation responses to climate changes in the Apuseni Mountains (NW Romania), Quaternary International, 2015
  • Muntean, C.M., Leopold, N., Tripon, C., Coste, A., Halmagyi, A. (2015) Surface-enhanced raman spectroscopy of genomic DNA from in vitro grown tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) cultivars before and after plant cryopreservation. Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 144: 107-114.

  • Tanţău, I., Feurdean, A., de Beaulieu, J.-L., Reille, M., Fărcaş, S., 2014,Vegetation sensitivity to climate changes and human impact in the Harghita Mountains (Eastern Romanian Carpathians) over the past 15,000 years. Journal of Quaternary Science, 29 (2), 141–152.

  • Stefan, R., Muntean, C.M., Tripon, C., Halmagyi, A., Valimareanu, S., 2014, UV degradation of genomic DNA from in vitro grown plant species: A Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic assessment. Polymer Degradation and Stability, 108, 35-40.

  • Hegedus, A., Mocan, A., Barbu-Tudoran, L., Coman, C., Druga, B., Sicora, C., Dragos, N., 2014, Morphological, biochemical, and phylogenetic assessments of eight Botryococcus terribilis strains collected from freshwaters of Transylvania. Journal of Applied Phycology, DOI10.1007/s10811-014-0387-2.

  • Halmagyi, A., Pinker, I., 2014, Germination and cryopreservation responses of Jatropha curcas in relation to seed quality. Seed Science and Technology, 42, 1-11.

  • Feurdean, A., Perşoiu, A., Tanţău, I., Stevens, T., Magyari, E.K., Onac, B.B., Markovic, S., Andric, M., Connor, S., Fărcaş, S..... Zernitskaya, V., 2014, Climate variability and associated vegetation response throughout Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) between 60 and 8 ka. Quaternary Science Reviews, 106, 206-224.

  • Coste, A., Deliu, C., Vălimăreanu, S., Halmagyi, A., 2014, Cryopreservation and acclimatization of Lycopersicon esculentum (Mill.) genotypes. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici, 42(2), 466-471.

  • Szekeres, E., Sicora, E., Dragoș, N., Drugă B., 2014. Selection Of Proper Reference Genes For The Cyanobacterium Synechococcus Pcc 7002 Using Real-Time Quantitative Pcr. FEMS Microbiology Letters. doi: 10.1111/1574-6968.12574

  • Baricz, A., Coman, C., Andrei, A.Ş., Muntean, V., Keresztes, Z.G., Păuşan, M., Alexe, M., Banciu, H.L., 2014. Spatial and temporal distribution of archaeal diversity in meromictic, hypersaline Ocnei Lake (Transylvanian Basin, Romania). Extremophiles, 18:399-413.

  • Cristea, G., Cuna, S.M., Fărcaş, S., Tanţău, I., Dordai, E., Măgdaş, D.A., 2014, Carbon isotope composition as indicator for climatic changes during the middle and late Holocene in a peat bog from Maramureş Mountains (Romania), The Holocene, 24 (1) 15–23.

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