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UNIVERSITY OF FORESTRY

Faculty of Forestry

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The department of Dendrology was established in 1949. The first name of the department was “Dendrology with wood anatomy”. In 1974 two departments were joined: “Dendrology with wood anatomy” and “Forest plantations” and the newly established department was named “Forest plantations”. In 1976 the former department “Dendrology with wood anatomy” split from “Forest plantations” and took a name “Forest botany and breeding”. Since 1984 the department accepted again the initial name, slightly shortened and since then it is “Department of Dendrology”.

First head of the department was Acad. Prof. Boris Stefanov.

The current staff of the department includes one professor, six associate professors and four assistant professors.

The staff provides teaching in the following courses:
• Botany
• Medicinal botany
• Phytosociology
• Conservation of flora and vegetation
• Dendrology
• Forest genetics and tree breedng
• Principles of genetics
• Physiology of woody plants
• Ecological plant physiology
• Physiology and biochemistry
• Forest timber and non-timber resources
• Dendrology of exotic species
• Physiological basis of plant resistance
• Biodiversity and conservation of genetic resources
• Conservation of biological and ecosystem diversity
• Research approaches and practical skills in ecology
• Ecological monitoring – module Phytomonitoring
• Ornamental plants in the Bulgarian flora

The leading lecturers in the department are:
Prof. Alexander Tashev, Ph.D. – Botany, Medical botany, Conservation of flora and vegetation, Conservation of biological and ecosystem diversity, Ecological monitoring – module Phytomonitoring, Ornamental plants in the Bulgarian flora.
Prof. Petar Zhelev, Ph.D. – Forest tree improvement, Natural plant resources, Biodiversity conservation
Prof. Stefan Yurukov, Ph.D. – Dendrology, Dendrology of exotic tree species.
A guest-professor in the department is Prof. Nikolina Tzvetkova, Ph.D. – Physiology and biochemistry, Ecological plant physiology, Physiological basis of plant resistance.

Since 2020 Assoc. Prof. Petar Zhelev is the Department Head

Main topics of the teaching and research activities in the Department are the following ones:
 
Morphology, biology, ecology and distribution of woody plant species
Forest genetics and tree breeding. Forest seeds supply. Conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources.
Physiology and ecological physiology of the woody plant species
Flora – inventory and classification. Study and classification of the vegetation.
Biodiversity conservation in the forests and forest land.
 
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Left to right: Assoc. Prof. Svetoslav Anev, Ph.D.; Evgeni Tsavkov, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. Momchil Panayotov, Ph.D.; Prof. Petar Zhelev (Department Head); Prof. Stefan Yurukov; Assoc. Prof. Marius Dimitrov, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. Violeta Fimitrova, Ph.D.; Ivan Evtimov, Ph.D.; Prof. Nikolina Tzvetkova; Nickolay Tsvetanov, Ph.D.; Prof. Alexander Tashev.

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