Dr. Veselin Petrov Project Manager

The early research of Dr. Veselin Petrov is mostly related to the study of plants’ responses to various forms of abiotic stimuli. He has worked on the identification and characterization of Arabidopsis thaliana mutants sensitive to oxidative stress. He has also studied cis-regulatory elements in the same species, which are specific for different kinds of reactive oxygen species.

More recently, the efforts of Dr. Petrov are oriented towards biochemical and physiological characterization of some crops in response to adverse environmental conditions and the investigation of the effects of different biostimulants on plant fitness. He is also involved in the research activities at CPSBB on the endemic species from the Balkan Peninsula Haberlea rhodopensis, known also as the Orpheus flower. This plant is considered a resurrection species, since it demonstrates remarkable tolerance to desiccation.

Dr. Petrov has developed extensive experience in preparing project proposals for different funding schemes, as well as research project management. He actively participated in the writing of the Teaming project PlantaSYST (https://plantasyst.eu/). Furthermore, he is the Project Manager of the H2020 MSCA-RISE project RESIST (https://resist.cpsbb.eu/index.html) and will have the same role in NatGenCrop.


Sujeeth N., Petrov V., Guinan K.J., Rasul F., O’Sullivan J.T., Gechev T.S. (2022) Current Insights into the molecular mode of action of seaweed-based biostimulants and the sustainability of seaweeds as raw material resources. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 23 (14), 7654, doi: 10.3390/ijms23147654

Gechev T., Lyall R., Petrov V., Bartels D. (2021) Systems biology of resurrection plants. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences 78(19-20), 6365–6394, doi: 10.1007/s00018-021-03913-8

Staykov N.S., Angelov M., Petrov V., Minkov P., Kanojia A., Guinan K.J., Alseekh S., Fernie A.R., Sujeeth N., Gechev T.S. (2020) An Ascophyllum nodosum-derived biostimulant protects model and crop plants from oxidative stress. Metabolites 11 (1), 24, doi: 10.3390/metabo11010024

Petrov V., Qureshi M.K., Hille J., Gechev T.S. (2018) Occurrence, biochemistry and biological effects of host-selective plant mycotoxins. Food and Chemical Toxicology , 112: 251–264. (IF 3.775)

Petrov V., Hille J., Mueller-Roeber B., Gechev T.S. (2015) ROS-mediated abiotic stress-induced programmed cell death in plants. Frontiers in plant science 6, 69 doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00069

Petrov V., Schippers J., Benina M., Minkov I., Mueller-Roeber B., Gechev T.S. (2013) In search for new players of the oxidative stress network by phenotyping an Arabidopsis T-DNA mutant collection on reactive oxygen species-eliciting chemicals. Plant Omics 6 (1), 45-54

Petrov V., van Breusegem F. (2012) Hydrogen peroxide—a central hub for information flow in plant cells. AoB Plants doi: 10.1093/aobpla/pls014