About Sub-Separtment of Biochemistry and Plant Ecophysiology
The sub-department of Biochemistry and Plant Ecophysiology was established in July 2005. Scientific research performed at the sub-department includes investigations in various fields. Basic scientific interests include the research of ecophysiology of algae as primary producers with the aim of understanding the ecophysiological processes in aquatic ecosystems; research on fungal and bacterial plant pathogens and mycoviruses; and research of the oxidative and antioxidant response of plants and animals to various forms of abiotic and biotic stress. One of the research interests is the investigation of improvement of the biotechnological production of secondary metabolites, among other things through the genetic transformation of plants, as well as increasing the resistance of plants to pathogens and other environmental stressors. The second part of the scientific interests relate to antibacterial studies of newly synthesized or extracted coumarin-based heterocyclic compounds that show a wide range of biological activities. One of the goals of the research work is to find and develop new, more effective and more accessible agents, as previous research has shown the increase of resistance of various pathogens to already existing antimicrobial agents.