Biocontrol, Belgrad, April 11-14, 2016

We are in tight collaboration with our former PhD researcher and now a PostDoc in National Institute of Biology dr. Janja Zajc that works on a project with a main aim of exploiting the rich repertoire of strains of polyexteromotolerant yeast-like fungi from the order Aureobasidium for biological control of plant pathogens. In light of this topic, we have attended the 3 rd International Symposium on Biological Control of Bacterial Plant Diseases, which was held in Belgrade, Serbia from 11th - 14th April 2016. There, dr. Janja Zajc gave a talk entitled »Stress-Tolerant Yeast Aureobasidium pullulans: The Application in the Postharvest Biological Control«. The talk was the only one dealing with genomics of yeasts used in biological control and therefore brought novel and interesting aspects of this perspective application.


 Halophiles 2016, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 22-27, 2016

Professor dr. Nina Gunde-Cimerman attended 11th International Congress »Halophiles 2016« held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As invited speaker she gave a talk entitled »Fungi in the Salterns – from Halotolerance to polyextremotolerance« in which she presented our latest scientific achievements – from setting new highest limits of life in chaotropic salts to genome sequencing and analysis of biotechnologically exploited yeasts from the genus Aureobasidium.

She experienced high general attention of the scientific public and additionally her expertise in the field was recognised by the head of the Institute of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Sxcience, Univesidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. As a result, she was offered a scientific collaboration with the aim of introducing mycology and to train new mycologists in the Dominican Republic. The two project proposals were preliminarily designed and will be further developed, to  fulfil the necessary needs on the field of mycology in the Dominican Republic.


Ph.D. student position in Arcticmicrobiology

Our group is part of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Innovative Training Network MicroArctic – Microorganisms in warming Arctic environments and this summer we will employ one PhD studentfor the duration of three years. The student will be located at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and will also receive additional training in the groups in Bristol and Hamburg as well as on several workshops organised by the network.

 It is an excellent opportunity to work on a prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie project and perform research that will combine exciting field microbiology with the state-of-the-art molecular biology in order to investigate the microbiology of glacial environments.

 The following conditions apply:

Candidates can be of any nationality.

Mobility Rule: at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation (in this case: Slovenia) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

All researchers recruited in an ITN must be Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.).

The official ITN guide:

 Any candidates should send their applications (application, letter of motivation, CV) or further questions to:

Prof Dr Nina Gunde-Cimerman


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Sampling of microbiologically induced deterioratio of cultural herritage in protective equipment.