The Institute of Biological Research Cluj, offers two research positions in the field of marine microalgae. They will be funded full time (40 hours/week), for 3 years, starting with September-October 2020. The selected people will be employed in the project "Adaptive evolution in marine algae under climate change and consequences for ocean services (ADVANCE)", funded by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021.

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NIRDBS and its Cluj-Napoca Branch branch, ICB, in collaboration with UASVM and UMP Cluj-Napoca, are pleased to announce the visit of Dr. Lawrence Banks, General Director of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnologies (ICGEB), taking place on October 21-22. The visit’s schedule is attached, including the time and location of the speaker’s invited seminar. Photo

NIRDBS became an Affiliated Centre of ICGEB in 2011, thus embracing the organisation's dedication to advanced applicative research and training in the fields of molecular biology and biotechnology.

The Romanian Governmental Scientific Expedition in Antarctica – ROICE


The Romanian Governmental Scientific Expedition in Antarctica – ROICE 2015, is organized by INCDSB in partnership with Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI). The team of Romanian researchers will be taking part in this expedition during 3 – 23 February 2015, at the Antarctic King Sejong Station, host station of the Korea Institute for Polar Research, on King George Islands in West Antarctica.

The Institute of Biological Research Cluj-Napoca, Branch of the INCDSB Bucharest was represented by Dr. Cristian Coman. More here


The Scientific Expedition – ROICE 2016 was organized by the National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences with the support of the Romanian Government through the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research, the National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation, the Ministry of the Environment, Waters and Forests, having the scientific support of the Romanian Academy, through the National Committee for Antarctic Research. The expedition ROICE 2016 took place between 3rd and 23 February 2016, at King Sejong Antarctic Station, Barton Peninsula, King George Island in Western Antarctica. The Institute of Biological Research Cluj-Napoca, Branch of the INCDSB Bucharest was represented by Dr. Cristian Coman. More here


The Scientific Expedition – ROICE 2019 is happening now. More here

Strategic development objectives of the Institute of Biological Research, Cluj-Napoca

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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  • Vlad-Alexandru Toma, Alia Colniță, Ioana Brezeștean, Bogdan Dume, Ioana Roman, Ioan Turcu, The complementary role of the Raman microspectroscopy to the oxidative stress assays in the neonatal synaptosomes characterization. Studia UBB Chemia, lXVI, 3, 2021 (p. 187-194), doi:10.24193/subbchem.2021.3.11

  • Gafta D., Stoica I.A.,Coldea G., 2021, The ranked species occupancy curves reflect the dominant process of species sorting: evidence from forest/scrub communities, Journal of Vegetation Science, DOI:10.1111/jvs.13086

  • Lăcrămioara M. Maghiar, Ilie A. Stoica, Andrew J. Tanentzap, Integrating demography and distribution modeling for the iconic Leontopodium alpinum Colm. in the Romanian Carpathians, Ecology and Evolution.

  • Marușca T., Roman A., Taulescu E., Ursu T.M., Popa R.D.P. 2021. Detecting trends in the quality and productivity of grasslands by analyzing the historical vegetation relevés: A case study from Southeastern Carpathians, Vlădeasa Mountains (Romania). Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca. DOI: 10.15835/nbha49312378.

  • Muntean C.M., Dina N.E., Bratu I, Fǎlǎmaş A., Niţu (Năstase) S., Halmagyi A., Coste A. (2021) Effects of Femtosecond UV Laser Pulses on the Structure and Surface Dynamics of Medicinal Plants DNA, Monitored by Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy, Journal of Molecular Structure, 130482, ISSN 0022-2860,

  • Muntean C.M., Dina N.E., Bratu I., Tripon C., Niţu (Năstase) S., Coste A. (2021) Acidic pH-responsive changes of DNA structure and surface dynamics as probed with ultrasensitive Raman spectroscopy, Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 119866, ISSN 1386-1425,

  • Anca Butiuc-Keul, Ana Coste, Holger Budahn, Frank Dunemann, Anca Farkas, Dragoș Postolache, Evelyn Klocke (2021) Analysis of Hypericumaccessions by DNA fingerprinting and flow cytometry. Acta Botanica Croatica, DOI: 10.37427/botcro-2021-026

  • Kwon,T., Shibata, H., Kepfer-Rojas, S., Schmidt, I., Larsen, K., Beier, C., Berg, B., Verheyen, K., Lamarque, J.-F., Hagedorn, F., Eisenhauer, N., Djukic, I. and TeaComposition Network with Ursu T-M. (2021) Effects of Climate and Atmospheric Nitrogen Deposition on Early to Mid-Term Stage Litter Decomposition Across Biomes. Front. For. Glob. Change 4:678480. doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2021.678480

  • Teban-Man, A., Farkas, A., Baricz, A., Hegedus, A., Szekeres, E., Pârvu, M., Coman, C. 2021. Wastewaters, with or without hospital contribution, harbour MDR, carbapenemase-producing, but not hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae. Antibiotics (Basel), 10(4), 361.

  • Butiuc-Keul, A., Carpa, R., Podar, D., Szekeres, E., Muntean, V., Iordache, D., Farkas, A. 2021. Antibiotic Resistance in Pseudomonas spp. Through the Urban Water Cycle. Current Microbiology, DOI: 10.1007/s00284-021-02389-w

  • Puşcaş, M., Ronikier, M., Mráz, P. et Bogdan-Iuliu Hurdu. 2021. Biogeography of the Carpathians: towards a better understanding of biodiversity patterns. Plant Syst Evol 307, 29 (2021).

  • Burli, S., Theurillat, J-P., Winkler, M., ..., Unterluggauer, P., Ursu, T-M., Villar, L., Vittoz, P., 2021. A common soil temperature threshold for the upper limit of alpine grasslands in European mountains. Alpine Botany. DOI: 10.1007/s00035-021-00250-1

  • Bluhm, S.L., Eitzinger, B., Bluhm, C., Ferlian, O., Heidemann, K., Ciobanu, M., Maraun, M., Scheu, S. 2021. The impact of root-derived resources on forest soil invertebrates depends on body size and trophic position. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change 4:622370

  • Jochum, M., Ferlian, O., Thakur, M.P., Ciobanu, M., Klarner, B., Salamon, J.A., Frelich, L.E., Johnson, E.A., Eisenhauer, N. 2021. Earthworm invasion causes declines across soil fauna size classes and biodiversity facets in northern North American forests. Oikos,


  • Anca D. Farcas, Vlad Al Toma, Ioana Roman, Bogdan Sevastre, Florina Scurtu, Radu Silaghi-Dumitrescu. (2020) Glutaraldehyde-Polymerized Hemoglobin: In Search of Improved Performance as Oxygen Carrier in Hemorrhage Models. Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications Volume 2020, Article ID 1096573, 11 pages

  • Halmagyi, A., Coste, A., Jarda, L., A. Butiuc-Keul, I. Holobiuc, V. Cristea. (2020) A safeguard measure of endemic and endangered plant species: cryostorage of Dianthus taxa. Biodivers Conserv.

  • Katarína Hegedüšová, Joanna Korzeniak, Jana Májeková, Adrian Stoica, Gheorghe Coldea, Anna Kuzemko, Vasyl Budzhak, Alla Tokaryuk, Illya Chorney & Iveta Škodová (2020) Syntaxonomical revision of the Triseto flavescentis-Polygonion bistortae alliance in the Carpathians, Plant Biosystems - An International Journal Dealing with all Aspects of Plant Biology, DOI: 10.1080/11263504.2020.1801877

  • Cristina M. Muntean, Nicoleta E. Dina, Teodor-Lucian Biter, Ioan Bratu, Maria Coroş, Crina Socaci, Ana Coste. 2020. Surface dynamics of genomic DNAs upon lowering the pH, in the presence of graphene/AgNPs-based SERS detection platform. Journal of Molecular Modeling (2020) 26:211.

  • Radu Silaghi-Dumitrescu, Cristina Gruian, Cristina Pușcaș, Alexandra Simon, Eva Fischer-Fodor, Vlad Al. Toma, Anca Farcas, Ioana Roman, Violeta Florina Scurtu, Amr A.A. Attia, Grigore Damian, 2020. Spin labelled hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers (HBOC): preparation and evaluation of in vivo / in vitro stability. STUDIA UBB CHEMIA, LXV, 2, 2020 (p. 121-132) , 2020, DOI:10.24193/subbchem.2020.2.10

  • Turtureanu, P.D., Barros, C., Bec, S., Hurdu, B.-I., Saillard, A., Šibík, J., Balázs, Z., Novikov, A., Renaud, J., Podar, D., Thuiller, W., Pușcaș, M., Choler, P. Biogeography of intraspecific trait variability in matgrass (Nardus stricta): high phenotypic variation at the local scale exceeds large scale variability patterns, Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: 125555 (doi: 10.1016/j.ppees.2020.125555)

  • Tanţău, I., Reille, M., Fărcaş, S., Grindean, R., de Beaulieu, J.-L., 2020, Mlaca Tătarilor peat bog, Southern Transylvania (Romania). GRANA: EPDB 47. Published online: 23 Jun 2020.

  • Lembrechts J.J., Aalto J., Ashcroft M.B.,...Ursu T.M.,...Rossi C., Nijs I. (2020) SoilTemp: a global database of near-surface temperature. Global Change Biology.

  • Breman E., Hurdu B.-I. (corresponding author), Kliment I., Kobiv I., Kučera J., Mráz P., Pușcaș M., Renaud J., Ronikier M., Šibík J., Schmotzer A., Štubňová E., Szatmari P.-M., Tasenkevich L., Turis P., Slovák M., 2020, Conserving the endemic flora of the Carpathian Region: an international project to increase and share knowledge of the distribution, evolution and taxonomy of Carpathian endemics and to conserve endangered species, Plant Systematics and Evolution (Accepted 11 Apr 2020). DOI: 10.1007/s00606-020-01685-5

  • Ramona M. Galatus, Radu Papara, Loredana Buzura, AnaMaria Roman, Tudor Ursu, "Wearable multi-sensor for plant monitoring, based on fluorescent fibers," Proc. SPIE 11361, Biophotonics in Point-of-Care, 113610Z (1 April 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2559993

  • Alsos, I.G., Lavergne, S., Merkel, M.K.F., Boleda, M., Lammers, Y., Alberti, A., Pouchon, C., Denoeud, F., Pitelkova, I., Pușcaș, M., Roquet, C., Hurdu, B.-I., Thuiller, W., Zimmermann, N.E., Hollingsworth, P.M., Coissac, E., 2020, The treasure vault can be opened: large-scale genome skimming works well using herbarium and silica gel dried material. Plants, 9, 432: 1-18. DOI:10.3390/plants9040432

  • Baricz, A., Chiriac, C.M., Andrei, A.-Ș., Bulzu, P.-A., Levei, E.A., Cadar, O., Battes, K.P., Cîmpean, M., Șenilă, M., Cristea, A., Muntean, V., Alexe, M., Coman, C., Szekeres, E.K., Sicora, C.I., Ionescu, A., Blain, D., O’Neill, W.K., Edwards, J., Hallsworth, J.E., Banciu, H.L. 2020. Spatio-temporal insights into microbiology of the freshwater-to-hypersaline, oxic-hypoxic-euxinic waters of Ursu Lake. Environmental Microbiology, doi:10.1111/1462-2920.14909.

  • Remizovschi, A., Carpa, R., Forray, F.L., Chiriac, C., Roba, C.-A., Beldean-Galea, S., Andrei, A.-S., Szekeres, E., Baricz, A., Lupan, I., Knut, R., Coman, C. 2020. Mud volcanoes and the presence of PAHs. Sci Rep 10, 1253


  • Coste A., Pop C., Halmagyi A., Butiuc-Keul A. (2019) Secondary Metabolites in Shoot Cultures of Hypericum. In: Ramawat K., Ekiert H., Goyal S. (eds) Plant Cell and Tissue Differentiation and Secondary Metabolites. Reference Series in Phytochemistry. Springer, Cham.

  • Siebert, J., Ciobanu, M., Schädler, M., Eisenhauer, N. 2019. Climate change and land use induce functional shifts in soil nematode communities. Oecologia.

  • Melichárková, A., S. Španiel, K. Marhold, B.-I. Hurdu, A. Drescher, and J. Zozomová-Lihová. 2019. Diversification and independent polyploid origins in the disjunct species Alyssum repens from the Southeastern Alps and the Carpathians. American Journal of Botany 106(11): 1–20. doi:10.1002/ajb2.1370 link

  • Vogel, A., Ebeling, A., Gleixner, G., Roscher, C., Scheu, S., Ciobanu, M., Koller-France, E., Lange, M., Lochner, A., Meyer, S.T., Oelmann, Y., Wilcke, W., Schmid, B., Eisenhauer, N. 2019. Chapter Seven - A new experimental approach to test why biodiversity effects strengthen as ecosystems age. In: Eisenhauer, N. (Ed.), Mechanisms underlying the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function. Advances in Ecological Research 61, Academic Press, p. 221-264.

  • Cristea, V., Besenyei, E., Jarda, L., Farkas, A., Marcu, D., Clapa, D., Halmagyi, A., Butiuc-Keul, A. 2019. In situ genetic variability and micropropagation of Cerastium banaticum (Rochel) Heuff. (Caryophyllaceae) – a rare and endemic species from Romania. Acta Biologica Cracoviensia s. Botanica 61(1): 65-74. DOI: 10.24425/abcsb.2019.127737

  • Butiuc-Keul, A., Coste, A., Farkas, A., Cristea, V., Isac, V., Halmagyi, A. 2019. Molecular characterization of apple (Malus x domestica Borkh.) genotypes originating from three complementary conservation strategies. Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry, doi: 10.3906/tar-18-03-3.

  • Vlad Al. Toma, A. B. Tigu, Anca D. Farcas, B. Sevastre, M. Taulescu, Ana Maria Raluca Gherman, Ioana Roman, Eva Fischer-Fodor, M. Pârvu, 2019. New Aspects Towards a Molecular Understanding of the Allicin Immunostimulatory Mechanism via Colec12, MARCO, and SCARB1 Receptors, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 20, 3627; doi:10.3390/ijms20153627

  • Roman A., Ursu T-M., Fărcaş S., Opreanu C.H., Lăzărescu V.A. 2019. Documenting ancient anthropogenic signatures by remotely sensing the current vegetation spectral and 3D patterns: A case study at Roman Porolissum archaeological site (Romania). Quaternary International. link

  • Anca D. Farcaș, Augustin C. Moț, Alina E. Pârvu, Vlad Al. Toma, Mirel A. Popa, Maria C. Mihai, Bogdan Sevastre, Ioana Roman, Laurian Vlase, Marcel Pârvu, 2019. In Vivo Pharmacological and Anti-inflammatory Evaluation of Xerophyte Plantago sempervirens Crantz. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity Volume 2019, Article ID 5049643 link

  • Dragoș, N., Chiriac, C., Porav, S., Szӧke-Nagy, T., Coman, C., Tӧrӧk, L., Hegedűs, A. 2019. Desmodesmus tropicus (Chlorophyta) in the Danube Delta – reassessing the phylogeny of the series Maximi. European Journal of Phycology, DOI: 10.1080/09670262.2018.1558286 link

  • Thakur, M.P., Del Real, I.M., Cesarz, S., Steinauer, K., Reich, P.B., Hobbie, S., Ciobanu, M., Rich, R., Worm, K. and Eisenhauer, N., 2019. Soil microbial, nematode, and enzymatic responses to elevated CO2, N fertilization, warming, and reduced precipitation. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 135:184-193. DOI:

  • Roman A., Ursu T.M., Onțel I., Marușca T., Pop O.G., Milanovici S., Sin-Schneider A., Gheorghe C.A., Avram S., Fărcaș S. Frink J.P., 2019. Deviation from grazing optimum in the grassland habitats of Romania within and outside the Natura 2000 Network. IN: Musarella C.M., Ortiz A.C., Ricardo Q.C. (Eds.) Habitats of the World. 1-19. IntechOpen. ISBN 978-1-78984-487-0. DOI: link

  • Guerrero‐Ramírez, N. R., Reich, P. B., Wagg, C., Ciobanu, M., Eisenhauer, N. 2019. Diversity‐dependent plant–soil feedbacks underlie long‐term plant diversity effects on primary productivity. Ecosphere 10(4):e02704. 10.1002/ecs2.2704 link

  • Fanin, N. , Kardol, P. , Farrell, M. , Kempel, A. , Ciobanu, M. , Nilsson, M. , Gundale, M. J. and Wardle, D. A. (2019), Effects of plant functional group removal on structure and function of soil communities across contrasting ecosystems. Ecology Letters doi: 10.1111/ele.13266 link

  • Bogdan Drugă, Doriana-Mădălina Buda, Edina Szekeres, Ciprian Chiș, Iuliana Chiș, Cosmin Sicora 2019. The impact of cation concentration on Microcystis (Cyanobacteria) scum formation. Scientific Reports, 9:3017 DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-39619-y link

  • Julia Siebert, Marie Sünnemann, Harald Auge, Sigrid Berger, Simone Cesarz, Marcel Ciobanu, Nathaly R. Guerrero-Ramírez & Nico Eisenhauer 2019. The effects of drought and nutrient addition on soil organisms vary across taxonomic groups, but are constant across seasons. Scientific Reports (2019) 9:639. DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-36777-3 link

  • Razvan Opris, Vlad Toma, Diana Olteanu, Ioana Baldea, Alina Mihaela Baciu, Florica Imre Lucaci, Alexandra Berghian-Sevastre, Corina Tatomir, Bianca Moldovan, Simona Clichici, Luminita David, Adrian Florea & Gabriela Adriana Filip. 2019. Effects of silver nanoparticles functionalized with Cornus mas L. extract on architecture and apoptosis in rat testicle. Nanomedicine. Published Online link

  • Ardelean I.V., Crişan F., Gafta D., Roman A. 2019. High lichen species richness but low taxonomic diversity built up on abandoned tailings heaps in a cultural landscape. Flora 251: 68-76. link

  • Marcel Ciobanu, Nico Eisenhauer, Ilie-Adrian Stoica, Simone Cesarz. 2019. Natura 2000 priority and non-priority habitats do not differ in soil nematode diversity. Applied Soil Ecology 135 (2019) 166–173. link


  • 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