Georgina Kosturkova

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Carotenoids are terpenoid pigments which are accumulated in the chloroplasts of leaves and in the chromoplasts of many flowers and fruits. Phytoene desaturase (Pds), the second dedicated enzyme in carotenoid biosynthesis, is encoded in tomato by a single copy gene. A 2 kb fragment from the tomato Pds gene, comprising 1.5 kb from the promoter and 0.5 kb from(More)
Rhodiola rosea is an endangered medicinal plant used for cancer, cardiovascular, and nervous system diseases therapy. Due to its limited distribution and sustainability alternative methods for production of its valuable substances are under investigation. Using in vitro techniques apical and rhizome buds, leaf nodes, stem and radix segments from wild plants(More)
Isoflavone levels and isoflavone chemical composition in 11 cultivars of soybean, including 4 Indian and 7 genotypes of soybean grown in Bulgaria, were analyzed as determined by C 18 reversed phase high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with a photodiode array detector. Antioxidant activity of soybean extracts was assessed using the(More)
Environmental stresses result in water deficiency for the plants, thus impairing its numerous biological roles. In vitro screening for stress tolerance will have its significance in identifying cultivars with optimal stress tolerance and productivity. In the present study, drought-induced alterations in growth, osmotic potential and in vitro shoot(More)
At present, more than 50,000 plant species are used in phytotherapy and medicine. About 2/3 of them are harvested from nature leading to local extinction of many species or degradation of their habitats. Biotechnological methods offer possibilities not only for faster cloning and conservation of the genotype of the plants but for modification of their gene(More)
Drought is one of the limiting factors for better plant performance and higher yield. New variety selection is difficult due to the complex mechanism of drought resistance. Four Bulgarian soybean lines (selected after hybridization and mutagenesis), two Indian and one USA variety were used for field and laboratory experiments. Drought tolerance was(More)
Ten genotypes from Pisum sativum and Pisum arvense were screened for their regeneration abilities. Most of them were created through experimental mutagenesis from Bulgarian varieties and have various valuable agronomic traits. Embryonic axes from immature embryos were plated on modified Murashige and Skoog medium, containing different concentrations of(More)
The last two centuries of industrialization, urbanization and changes in land use converting agricultural and natural areas to artificial surface have led to European plants being considered amongst the most threatened in the world. In some countries, more than two-thirds of the existing habitat types are considered endangered. Human activity is the primary(More)
The review presents our research on the influence of novel thiourea compounds on the biological and genetic effect of gamma-rays using in vivo and in vitro systems of pea. Some novel disubstituted thioureas: o-allylthioureidobenzoic acid (ATB); o-phenylthioureidobenzoic acid (PTB); N-allyl-N'-2-pyridylthiourea (A-2-PTU); N-phenyl-N'-2-pyridylthiourea(More)
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