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.



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Recent publications (ISI):


  • Andreea Baricz, Adela Teban, Cecilia Maria Chiriac, Edina Szekeres, Anca Farkas, Maria Nica, Amalia Dascălu, Corina Oprișan, Paris Lavin & Cristian Coman. 2018. Investigating the potential use of an Antarctic variant of Janthinobacterium lividum for tackling antimicrobial resistance in a One Health approach. Scientific Reports 8, 15272. link
  • Anca D. Farcas, Augustin C. Mot*, Cezara Zagrean-Tuza , Vlad Toma, Claudia Cimpoiu, Anamaria Hosu, Marcel Parvu, Ioana Roman*, Radu Silaghi Dumitrescu, 2018. Chemo-mapping and biochemicalmodulatory and antioxidant/prooxidant effect of Galium verum extract during acute restraint and dark stress in female rats. PLoS ONE 13(7): e0200022 link
  • 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. link
  • 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 Roman, Bogdan 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. Chiriac, Edina 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