Agrobioinstitute (ABI), Bulgaria

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Agrobioinstitute (ABI), Bulgaria

Agrobioinstitute is a public research organization within the Bulgarian Agricultural Academy. It is the leading Plant Agro-Biotechnology Centre in Bulgaria and Balkan Region. In 2000 ABI was 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 was nominated as one of the focal points in SEE Plant Biology and Biotechnology Network supported by UNESCO.

ABI represents Bulgaria in the Black Sea Biotechnology Association (BSBA) which aims to gather regulatory and safety data for agricultural products improved through biotechnology from the countries in the Black Sea Region (Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine). ABI is ICGEB focal point and a member of the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB).

Main business activities of ABI are plant agro-biotechnology research, technology transfer and expertise for the improvement of agriculture and solutions for national and regional agricultural and ecological problems. Since 2007 ABI is a member of the European Network of GMO Laboratories (ENGL).

Staff members:

  • Kaloyan Kostov, PhD
  • Prof. Atanas Atanassov, PhD
  • Petia Stoykova, PhD
  • Prof. Mariana Vlahova, PhD

ABI's stuff members have been participating in numbers of EU FP6 and FP7 projects related with the use of biotechnology to improve crops as well as technical risk assessment, public perception and legislation of GMOs. The most recent projects include: COEXTRA, GREEN LEGUMES, HEALTHY GRAIN, ECOD-BIO and PEGASUS.

Participation in work package:

  • WP3: Review of food, feed & health impacts caused by GM crops
  • WP5: Review of Environmental Impacts of GM Plants

Selected publications:

  • Stoykova P, Radkova M, Stoeva-Popova P, Atanasov N, Chassovnikarova T, Wang X, Iantcheva A, Vlahova M, Atanassov A (2011) Expression of the human acidic fibroblast growth factor in transgenic tomato and safety assessment of transgenic lines. Biotechnol Biotechnol Eq 25(1):2187-2196
  • Atanassov A, Golikov A, Dorokhov D, Badea E, Alexandrova N, Blume, Ya, Kamenova I, Scorza R, Ravelonandro M, Callahan A, Paunovic S, Zagrai I (2010) Regional Consensus Document on Environmental Risk and Economic Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops. Case Studies: Soybean, Maize, Sugar Beet. Reducing the Harmful Impacts of Plum Pox Virus through the Use of Biotechnology; ISBN: 954-92431-2-5. Kostov K., Christova P., Slavov S., Batchvarova R. (2009) Constitutive expression of a radish defensin gene Rs-afp2 in tomato increases the resistance to fungal pathogens Biotech.&Biotech.Eq 23(1): 1121-1125
  • Kalushkov P., R.Tzankova, P.Stoeva, R.Batchvarova, M.Vlahova, S.Slavova, M.Radkova. (2006) Ecological investigations on the effect of Bulgarian GM plants on the arthropod fauna. IOBC/wprs Bulletin 29:83-90
  • Popov T., R.Batchvarova, S. Slavov, P Christova, M. Alexandrova, A. Atanassov, I. Yamagushiq H. Anzai. (2004) Gene dispersal from genetically modified tobacco in the field, Transgenic, 4:189-195