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Establishment of a Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology for the translation of fundamental research into sustainable bio-based technologies in Bulgaria

Objective

PlantaSYST aims at establishing a new Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (CPSBB) in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The CPSBB registered as an autonomous legal research entity during TEAMING Phase 1 and is firmly supported by the Bulgarian and German PlantaSYST partners, the Governments of Bulgaria and Germany, and the Plovdiv Municipality. CPSBB´s mission is to position itself at the forefront of plant sciences in Bulgaria and South-East Europe. This will be achieved by building on the research and technological excellence of two strong partners from Potsdam, Germany: the University of Potsdam and the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology. Cutting-edge functional genomics, metabolomics and bioinformatics will be adopted to unravel the regulatory codes and metabolic pathways that govern plant development, stress physiology, and the production of valuable metabolites with potential market applications. Fundamental science, conducted in the CPSBB departments Plant Development, Molecular Stress Physiology, Metabolomics, and Bioinformatics, will feed into applied research of the departments Vegetable Breeding, Synthetic Biology, and Plant Cell Biotechnology. CPSBB provides the missing links between academia and industry in the region and will take a leading role in training next-generation researchers in crop systems biology and biotechnology. Thus, the CPSBB will fill the scientific and technological gaps identified in Bulgaria’s Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation. The service-oriented CPSBB administration is designed to function efficiently following the example of the Max Planck Society in Germany, and a Technology Transfer Office will facilitate the flow of knowledge and technologies to partners and end-users. Overall, the newly established CPSBB will significantly increase Bulgaria’s research and innovation potential, enhance the capacity in crop genomics, and stimulate the local scientific, economic, and social development in Plovdiv.

Call for proposal

H2020-WIDESPREAD-01-2016-2017-TeamingPhase2
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Coordinator

TSENTAR PO RASTITELNA SISTEMNA BIOLOGIYA I BIOTEHNOGIYA
Address
Ruski Blvd 139
Plovdiv
Bulgaria
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 7 350 000

Participants (5)

MARITSA VEGETABLE CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 1 422 500
Address
Brezovsko Shosse Street 32
4003 Plovdiv
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE STEPHAN ANGELOFF INSTITUTE OF MICROBIOLOGY, BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 1 422 500
Address
Acad Georgi Bonchev Street Bl 26
1113 Sofia
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAET POTSDAM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 443 750
Address
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 443 750
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUTE OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 1 857 500
Address
Ruski Bulevard 105
4000 Plovdiv
Activity type
Research Organisations