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Professor Vlada PENEVA

Senior Research Scientist

Tel. +359-2-717195 ext 210
Fax. +359-28-705498
E-mail: vpeneva@ecolab.bas.bg


Born: 31st March, 1957 at Blagoevgrad

1980: MSc, Faculty of Biology, St Kliment Okhridski University of Sofia
1987: PhD, Central Laboratory of Helminthology, BAS

1987-1995: Research Associate, Insitute of Parasitology, BAS
1995-1996: Research Associate, Institute of Ecology, BAS
1996-2000: Research Associate, Central Laboratory of General of Ecology, BAS
2000-present: Senior Research Scientist, Central Laboratory of General of Ecology, BAS



  • Fauna and ecology of plant nematodes of oak forests, other natural habitats and forest nurseries.

  • Systematics of the families Longidoridae, Trichodoridae and Criconematidae.

  • Systematics of the order Mononchida.

  • Nematodes in extreme environments.


    NFSI BioCORE - Centre for biodiversity and ecosystem research:

  • Biodiversity and ecology of nematodes of the family Longidoridae from Bulgaria and adjacent regions.
  • Morphology, molecular markers and phylogeny of nematodes of the genus Xiphinema (Nematoda: Longidoridae)

  • Assessment of the biodiversity of model animal groups and their natural habitats in the regions of Ada tepe, Majarovo and Studen kladenetz, Rhodope Mts.


    1987 - six month visit to the Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands, Testing the suitability of 11 cultivars as hosts of Meloidogyne hapla at green-house conditions.

    1997-1998 - one year Royal Society Fellowship at Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee, Scotland, studying the nematodes of climax types of vegetation in Scotland.

    1999. - one month visit to the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee, Scotland, investigating the taxonomy of nematodes of the genus Longidorus.



    2004-2006 President of European Society of Nematologists



    Co-supervisor of Stella Lazarova, PhD,1996-1999.

    Supervisor of Yordanka Mincheva, PhD student 2005-2007.

    Supervisor of four MSc students (University of Forestry, St Kliment Okhridski University of Sofia).



    1995/1996; 1996/1997; 1998/1999; 1999/2000. Specialized course in Nematology (lectures and practicals) at the Department of Ecology and Protection of the Environment, Faculty of Biology, Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv.



    Peneva, V. & Choleva, B. 1987. Ectoparasitic nematodes of the family Criconematidae (Tylenchida) from forest nurseries in Bulgaria. - Khelmintologiya, 24: 37-52. (In Bulgarian).

    Peneva, V. 1987. Description of the male of Criconemella pseudosolivaga (de Grisse, 1964) Luc et Raski, 1981 (Nematoda, Criconematidae). - Comptes rendus de l'Academie bulgare des Sciences, 40(3): 129-130.

    Peneva, V. & Choleva, B. 1987. [Species composition and distribution of nematodes of the family Longidoridae in the forest nurseries of Blagoevgrad district]. - Achievements of Bulgarian Zoology, 275-278. (In Bulgarian).

    Peneva, V. 1988. Nematodes of the fam. Trichodoridae (Diphtherophorina) from forest nurseries in Bulgaria. - Khelmintologiya, 26: 47-66.

    Choleva, B., Nedelchev, S., Peneva, V. & Kostadinova, A. 1987. Effect of a Caunter treatment on plant parasitic nematodes in a forest nursery. - Gorsko stopanstvo, 6:17-19.

    Peneva, V. & s'Jacob, J.J. 1990. [Host suitability of some cultivars to Meloidogyne hapla]. In: Gall nematodes of crops and their integral control in open field and greenhouses, Donish, Dushambe, 31-32. (In Russian).

    Choleva, B., Peneva V. & Brown, D.J.F. 1991. Longidorus latocephalus Lamberti, Choleva & Agostinelli, 1983, a junior synonym of L. pisi Edward, Misra & Singh, 1964 (Nematoda: Dorylaimida). - Revue de Nematologie, 14 (4): 505-509.

    Peneva, V. & Nedelchev, S. 1992. On the morphology and distribution of Rotylenchus agnetis Szczygiel, 1968 (Nemata: Hoplolaimidae) in Bulgaria. - Fundamental and Applied Nematology, 15: 91-96.

    Peneva, V. & Choleva, B. 1992. Nematodes of family Longidoridae from forest nurseries in Bulgaria. I. Genus Longidorus Micoletzky, 1922 J.J.. - Khelmintologiya, 32: 35-46.

    Peneva, V. & Choleva, B. 1992. Nematodes of the family Longidoridae from forest nurseries in Bulgaria. II. Genus Xiphinema Cobb, 1913. - Khelmintologiya, 32: 47-66.

    Deltshev, Ch., Andreev, S., Blagoev, G., Golemansky, V., Milojkova, G., Peneva, V., Dobrev, D., Todorov, M. & Hubenov, Z. 1998. Invertebrates (Non-Insecta) in Bulgaria. In: Bulgaria’s Biological Diversity: Conservation status and needs assessment, Vol I and II. (Ed. C. Meine,) Washington,D.C.: Biodiversity Support Program, 109-161.

    Peneva, V. & Choleva, B. 1993. [Damages of seedling roots in forest nurseries caused by phytohelminths]. Proceedings of the National Conference of forest protection, 89-97. March 30 1993, Sofia.

    Peneva, V. & Penev, L. 1993 (publ. 1994). Spatial changes in trichodorid and longidorid assamblages in relation to climatic and habitat variation. - Comptes rendus de l'Academy bulgare des Sciences, Vol. 46 (8): 117-120.

    Peneva, V. & Choleva, B. 1994. Plant-parasitic nematodes associated with pine trees in Bulgaria. - Bulletin EPPO/OEEP Bulletin, 24: 459-466.

    Peneva, V. & Nedelchev, S. 1995. Longidorus aetnaeus Roca et al., 1986 (Nematoda: Dorylaimida): a first record from Bulgaria and the description of a male specimen. - Systematic Parasitology, 31: 215-219 .

    Peneva, V. & Nedelchev, S. 1995. New records of plant nematodes from oaks (Quercus spp.) in Bulgaria. - Comptes rendus de l'Academy bulgare des Sciences, V. 38(3): 61-62.

    Chipev, N., Peneva, V. & Nedelchev, N. 1996. Abundance and distribution of nematode feeding groups in relation to habitat on Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands (Antarctica). In: Golemansky, V. & Chipev, N. (eds). Bulgarian Antarctic Research. Life Sciences: 82-92.

    Peneva, V. Chipev, N. & S. Nedelchev.1996. Prionchulus punctatus Cobb, 1917, a new record from Patagonia (Chile), with notes on other mononchids from Antarctic regions. In: Golemansky, V. & Chipev, N. (eds). Bulgarian Antarctic Research. Life Sciences: 93-101.

    Peneva, V., Choleva, B. & Nedelchev, S. 1997. Description of Longidorus fagi n. sp. (Nematoda, Dorylaimida) with an identification key to the other species of the genus occurring in Bulgaria. - Systematic Parasitology, 36: 115-122.

    Lazarova, S., Peneva, V. & Neilson, R. 1998. Nematodes of the genus Tripyla Bastian, 1865 (Enoplida) from woodlands in Bulgaria. - Russian Journal of Nematology, 6: 165-174.

    Peneva, V., Loof, P.A.A. & Brown, D.J.F. 1998. Longidorus seinhorsti sp. n., (Nematoda: Dorylaimoidea) from the Netherlands. - Fundamental and applied Nematology, 21: 605-609.

    Peneva, V., Neilson, R., Boag, B. & Brown, D.J.F. 1998. The morphology of Jensenonchus sphagni (Brzeski, 1960) n. comb. - Nematologica, 44: 255-268.

    Peneva, V. 1998. Soil nematodes. In: Biodiversity of the Srebarna Biosphere reserve. Cheklist and Bibliography. (Eds: Michev, T. Georgiev, B.B., Petrova, A.V. & Stoyneva, M.R.), p. 58.

    Peneva, V., Orion, D., Shlevin, E., Bar-Eyal, M. & Brown, D.J.F. 1998. Longidorus israelensis sp.n. (Nematoda: Dorylaimoidea), a parasite of carrots in Israel. - Fundamental and Applied Nematology, 21: 715-721.

    Peneva, V., Neilson, R. & Nedelchev, S. 1999. Mononchid nematodes from oak forests in Bulgaria. I. The subfamily Anatonchinae with descriptions of Anatonchus genovi sp. n. and Tigronchoides querci sp. n. - Nematology, 1: 37-53.

    Peneva, V., Loof, P.A.A. & Brown, D.J.F. 1999. Longidorus dalmassoi sp. n. from France. - Nematology,1: 557-560.

    Peneva, V. & Chipev, N. 1999. Laimaphelenchus helicosoma (Maslen, 1979) n.comb. (Nematoda: Aphelenchida) from Livingston Island. In: Golemansky, V. & Chipev, N. (eds). Bulgarian Antarctic Research. Life Sciences, Sofia & Moscow, Pensoft, 2: 57-61.

    Peneva, V., Neilson, R., Boag, B. & Brown, D.F.J. 2000. Criconematidae (Nematoda) from oak forests in two natural reserves in Russia. - Systematic Parasitology, 46: 191-201.

    Zheng, J., Peneva, V. & Brown, D.J.F. 2000. Longidorus camelliae sp. n. (Nematoda: Longidoridae) associated with ornamental cultivars of Camellia japonica growing in a nursery at Fuyang, Zhejian province, eastern China. - Systematic Parasitology, 47: 119-125.

    Lazarova, S., Peneva, V. & Penev, L. 2000. Nematode assemblages from the moss Hypnum cupressiforme Hedw. growing on different substrates in a balkanic durmast oak forest (Quercus dalechampii Ten.) on Mount Vitosha, Bulgaria. - Nematology, 2: 263-272.

    Nedelchev, S. & Peneva, V. 2000. Description of three new species of the genus Mesodorylaimus Andrássy, 1959 (Nematoda: Dorylaimidae) from Livingston Island, Antarctica, with notes on M. imperator Loof, 1975. - Russian Journal of Nematology, 8: 161-172.

    Brzeski, M., Peneva, V. & Brown, D.J.F. 2000. Longidorus balticus sp. n. (Nematoda: Longidoridae) from coastal sand dunes in northeast Poland. - Annales Zoologici, 50: 177-182.

    Peneva, V. & Nedelchev, S. 2000. Plant nematodes from two oak forests in North-West Bulgaria. Annuaire de L’Universite de Sofia "St Kliment Ohridski", Livre 1 - Zoologie., 91: 49-82.

    Tzortzakakis, E.A. , Peneva, V. , Terzakis, M., Neilson, R. & Brown, D.J.F. 2001. Longidorus cretensis n. sp. (Nematoda: Longidoridae) from a vineyard infected with grapevine fanleaf virus on Crete, Greece. - Systematic Parasitology, 47: 131-139.

    Peneva, V., Loof, P.A.A., Penev, L.D. & Brown, D.J.F. 2001. Description of the male and first stage juvenile of Longidorus intermedius Kozlowska & Seinhorst, 1979 (Nematoda: Dorylaimida), and notes on morphology and distribution. - Systematic Parasitology, 49: 127-137.

    Lazarova, S., Peneva, V., Loof, P. 2002. Description of one new and three known species of Paravulvus Heyns, 1968 (Nematoda: Nygolaimidae) from Bulgaria and notes on the taxonomy of the genus. Nematology, 4: 489-504.

    Peneva, V., Lazarova, S. & Chipev, N. 2002. Description of the male of Enchodelus (Rotundus) signyensis Loof, 1975 (Nematoda, Nordiidae) from Livingston Island, Antarctica, and notes on its morphology and distribution. In: Golemansky, V. & Chipev, N. (Eds) Bulgarian Antarctic Research. Life Sciences. Pensoft : Sofia-Moscow. Vol. 3, pp. 83-90.

    Mladenov, A., Lazarova, S. & Peneva, V. 2004. Nematode assemblages of litter and soil from a mixed forest in 'Knjaz Borisova gradina' Park. In: Penev, L., Niemela, J., Kotze, J. & Chipev, N. (Eds.). Ecology of the city of Sofia. Species and Communities in Urban Environment, pp. 281-297. PENSOFT Publishers.

    Lazarova, S.S., de Goede, R.G.M., Peneva, V.K. & Bongers, T. 2004. Spatial patterns of variation in the composition and structure of nematode communities in relation to different microhabitats: a case study of Quercus dalechampii Ten. forest. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 36(4): 701-712.

    Lazarova, S. Nedelchev, S. & Peneva, V. 2004. New records of plant nematodes in Bulgaria. Comptes rendus de l'Academie bulgare des Sciences 57(5), 97-98.

    Kuzniar, A., Gheorghe, I., Krecmer, V., Niemtur, S., Penev, L., Peneva, V., Richards, C., Scharffova, K. & Twardy, S. 2004. 7. Uplands:75-87. In: Young, J., Halada, L., Kull, T., Kuzniar, A., Tartes, U. & Watt, A. (Eds) Conflicts between human activities and conservation of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes, grasslands, forests, wetlands and uplands in the Acceding and Candidate Countries (ACC). CEH, Glassel, Scotland, 97 pp. BIOFORUM report.

    Lazarova, S., Mladenov, A. & Peneva, V. 2005. Soil nematodes as biological indicators of soil quality. In: Proceedings of the of the National Conference with International Participation: Management, Use and Protection of Soil Resources, 15-19.06.2005, Sofia, 152-154.

    Zullini, A. & Peneva, V. 2005. Order Mononchida. In: Freshwater Nematodes - Ecology and Taxonomy, Eyualem, A.; Andrassy, W.; Traunspurger, W. (eds.), CABI Publishing, Cambridge, MA, USA (in press).

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