Agrobioinstitute – kostinbrod, bulgaria bulgarian centre of excellence in plant biotechnology


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AGROBIOINSTITUTE – KOSTINBROD, BULGARIA BULGARIAN CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY (EXELLENT PLANT BIOTECH)

  • DIRECTOR: Prof. ATANAS IVANOV ATANASSOV, Corresponding Member of BAS, Acad. of Agricultural Academy - Ukraine, Dr. Honoris Causa of Agricultural University and Veterinary Medicine, Kluj-Napoca, Roumania

  • Contacts:

  • Tel.: +359 (0) 721 2552

  • Fax: +359 (0) 721 4985

  • E-mail:atanas_atanassov@agrobioinstitut.org


  • Prof. Jacques-Henry Weil (France) (Chaiman)

  • Prof. Guenter Adam (Germany)

  • Prof. Csaba Koncz (Germany)

  • Prof. Denes Dudits (Hungary)

  • Prof. Adam Kondorosi (France)

  • Acad. Yuri Gleba (USA)

  • Prof. Horst LÖrz (Germany)

  • Prof. Jacques Hille (The Netherlands)

  • Prof. Josef Schell (Germany)

  • Prof. Dirk Inze (Belgium)

  • Acad. Konstantin Skryabin (Russia)

  • Prof. Shamay Izhar (Israel)

  • Prof. Masahiro Sugiura (Japan)

  • Prof. Michel Jacobs (Belgium)

  • Prof. Gerhard Wenzel (Germany)

  • * VIIth ICC – May 3 - 8, 2003



Senior Scientists 18

  • Senior Scientists 18

  • Scientists 21

  • Specialists 23

  • Technicians 16

  • Support service 18

  • Accaunters 6

  • Administration 6

  • Total 108



ABI is the only research institute in Eastern Europe, the work of which is guided by an International Consultative Council (ICC). Starting from 1985 sixth meetings of ICC took place in ABI.

  • ABI is the only research institute in Eastern Europe, the work of which is guided by an International Consultative Council (ICC). Starting from 1985 sixth meetings of ICC took place in ABI.

  • From 1995 ABI represents Bulgaria in the International Centre of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (I.C.G.E.B.), Trieste, Italy.

  • Starting from 1994 IGE (ABI) is a member of Norman Borlaug Institute for Plant Research at the De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester, UK, together with UK, Czech Republic and China.

  • In 1999 the Institute has been selected as a Centre of Excellence in the frame of INCO 2 EC Program, responsible for the co-ordination of scientific investigation and training in the field of plant biotechnology on the national and regional level.

  • In 2002 ABI has been nominated as one of the focal points in SEE Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology Network supported by UNESCO. Seven Balkan Countries (Albania, Bosnja & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania and Yugoslavia) were included. The global goals of formation of the Network are: (i) upgrading and strengthening research infrastructures; (ii) launching collaborative projects in some strategic fields; (iii) establishing appropriate training fellowships and exchange grants of scientists and professors; (iiii) reducing the ‘brain drain’ by a general consolidation of national science and technology systems.



Several years ago the Institute initiated the development of the National safety regulations for the utilization of genetically modified plants (GMP). The draft of the Living Modified Organisms Act has been prepared with the active participation of ABI. For its activities and initiatives in the area of bio safety and biodiversity in 2002 ABI has been selected as sub-regional centre for Eastern Europe in the field of regulations and a control of GMO.

  • Several years ago the Institute initiated the development of the National safety regulations for the utilization of genetically modified plants (GMP). The draft of the Living Modified Organisms Act has been prepared with the active participation of ABI. For its activities and initiatives in the area of bio safety and biodiversity in 2002 ABI has been selected as sub-regional centre for Eastern Europe in the field of regulations and a control of GMO.

  • ABI competence and experience in the field of plant sciences in general has provided the grounds to select the institute to organize a new accredited laboratory. The laboratory is established in 2002 to assess and propagate certified phytosanitary pure and genetically authentic plant material of economically important plant species (grape, potato, strawberry, raspberry, rose etc.), to trace genetically modified product by DNA analysis and to assess forage quality by NIRS analysis.



  • Recently, a modern research Sofia AgroBioTech Park aiming to focus on Plant Biotechnology, Biosafety and Genomics has been established between AgroBioInstitute – Kostinbrod and Biological Faculty, “Kl. Ohridski” Sofia University. The Sofia AgroBioTech Park will be a pilot between AgroBioInstitute – Kostinbrod and Biological Faculty, “Kl. Ohridski” Sofia University. The Sofia AgroBioTech Park will be a pilot project for Bulgaria and the South-Eastern European Region. The major goals will be to: (i) utilize the Plant Biotechnology expertise and know-how currently available and to foster further development in this area of science; (ii) support the transfer of technology for the improvement of agriculture and the solution of local and regional agricultural and ecological problems; (iii) provide an incubator for the establishment of new plant biotechnology and genomics based companies; (iiii) provide an environment that will attract research investments by national, regional and multinational Plant Biotechnology companies with a focus on Bulgarian and South-Eastern European agricultural needs.



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