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Establishment of a Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (CPSBB) in Plovdiv, Bulgaria


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Funding for the new CPSBB campus and equipment


OP_SESG

On 20th December 2019 the Executive Agency “Operational Program Science and Education for Smart Growth" and the Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology signed the contract for research infrastructure and equipment for the PlantaSYST Project.

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The Plovdiv City Council voted to grant land and the right for construction on it to CPSBB




With complete unanimity, the Plovdiv City Council voted to grant land and the right for construction to CPSBB. Deputy Mayor Dimitar Katsarsky was the submitter of the proposal.


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Center of Plant System Biology and Biotechnology appear on the National Television’s program Znanie.BG

CPSBB Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tsanko Gechev along with Assoc Prof Dr. Milen Georgiev and the vice mayor of Plovdiv Stefan Stoyanov participated in the Znanie.BG on the National Television.


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About The Project

The overall objective of PlantaSYST is to establish a Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (CPSBB) in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, as a joint initiative of three Bulgarian research institutes located in Plovdiv (Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Maritsa Vegetable Crops Research Institute, and the Stefan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology, Laboratory of Applied Biotechnology) and two institutes located in Potsdam, Germany (Potsdam University and Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology).

The ambition of CPSBB is to stand at the forefront of plant sciences in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe by integrating molecular biology, functional genomics, metabolomics, bioinformatics, bioprocessing, and long-standing expertise in practical plant genetics and breeding, to unravel the plant biology and translating the scientific knowledge into new horticultural and industrial applications. Thus, the newly established CPSBB will fill in the scientific and technological gaps identified in the Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) of Bulgaria. Besides that, the CPSBB will take a leading role in educating next-generation early-stage researchers (ESR) in the fields of molecular breeding, plant systems biology and biotechnology.

Specific activities of CPSBB:

  • Fundamental research
  • Applied research and transfer of research outcomes to the industry
  • Education and training
  • Conservation activities
  • Public services (consultations to ministries, services to end users)

Partners

PlantaSYST has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (SGA-CSA No 664621 and No 739582 under FPA No. 664620)


Calls: H2020-WIDESPREAD-2014-2015, Topic: WIDESPREAD-1-2014: Teaming, and H2020-WIDESPREAD-2016-2017, Topic: H2020-WIDESPREAD-01-2016-2017: TeamingPhase2