Атанас Павлов – Atanas Pavlov

PLANT IN VITRO TECHNOLOGY FOR FOODS AND FOOD ADDITIVES: CURRENT STATUS, SPECULATIONS AND FUTURE PROSPECTS

Atanas Pavlov

1University of Food Technologies, 26 Maritza Blbd., 4002 Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2Institute of Microbiology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 139 Ruski Blvd., 4000 Plovdiv, Bulgaria
at_pavlov@yahoo.com

From time immemorial, humans have been highly dependent on plants as sources of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Furthermore, the volume and range of phytochemicals used by modern society (inter alia as drugs, nutrients, cosmetic additives and biopesticides) are continuously expanding. On the other hand, the critical global challenges facing humanity are achieving sustainable development in the context of global climate change, limited access to fresh water, limited food supply and growing energy needs. These high demands are driving efforts to develop new ways to produce plant-derived metabolites. Plant in vitro techniques, in which plant cells, tissue and organs are cultivated under controlled conditions offer effective tools for sustainable supply of phyto-ingredients with reduced energy, carbon and water footprints. The advantages of this technology over the conventional agricultural production are: 1) independence of geographical and seasonal variations and various environmental factors; 2) insurance of the continuous supply of products with uniform quality and yield; 3) possibility to produce novel compounds that are not normally found in parent plants; 4) efficiency in downstream recovery and product; 5) reduced energy, carbon and water footprints; etc.

The lecture will be focused on integrated approaches for bioactive substances production in different plant in vitro systems with application in food products. Current status, speculations and future prospects as well as challenges of the commercialization of the products of plant cell and tissue cultures will be outlined. The specific technological requirements for the final product formulations will be discussed. Finally, some examples of products developed in our laboratory will be presented as an eco-friendly alternative methods for sustainable production of plant-derived additives with application in foods.


Атанас Павлов

Биография: Роден през 1967 г. в Пловдив, България; 1992 г. – магистърска степен по биотехнологии в Университет по хранителни технологии (УХТ) – Пловдив; 1998 г. – „доктор“ по биотехнологии в Института по микробиология при Българската академия на науките (БАН);  2003 г. – 2005 г. – постдокторант в Институт по хранителни технологии и биопроцесорно инженерство към Техническия университет в гр. Дрезден, Германия. Професионално развитие: 1998 г. –  учен в Института по микробиология при БАН; 2005 г. – доцент в същия институт. 2009 г. –  „доктор на науките“; 2010 г. – професор в Института по микробиология при БАН. От 2011 г. е и преподавател в УХТ – Пловдив. През 2014 г. става член-кореспондент към БАН, а през 2018 г. и на Саксонската академия на науките. От 2021 г. е академик към БАН. Научни интереси: биологично активни вещества от растителни in vitro системи; биопроцесорно инженерство на растителни in vitro системи. Библиография:  5 монографии; 2 учебника; 13 глави от книги; 190 публикации, 105 от които реферирани в WoS/Scopus; 115 доклада на научни конференции. Педагогическа работа: 12 курса лекции за български и чуждестранни университети; 10 защитили докторанти. Други: експерт към немското федерално министерство на образованието и изследванията; Експерт към полския национален научен фонд; Co-Editor на Engineering in Life Science.

Atanas Pavlov

Biography: Born in 1967 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria; 1992 – Master’s degree in Biotechnology at the University of Food Technology (UFT) – Plovdiv; 1998 – PhD in Biotechnology at the Institute of Microbiology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS); 2003 – 2005 – post-doc at the Institute of Food Technology and Bioprocess Engineering at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. Professional development: Since 1998 a scientist at the Institute of Microbiology at the BAS, and since 2005 Associate Professor at the same institute. In 2009 received the degree of “Doctor of Science”, and since 2010 is a Professor at the Institute of Microbiology at the BAS. Since 2011 he is a lecturer at UFT – Plovdiv. In 2014 he became a Corresponding member of the BAS, and in 2018 of the Saxon Academy of Sciences. Since 2021 he is an Academician at the BAS. Research interests: biologically active substances from plant in vitro systems; bioprocess engineering of in vitro plant systems. Bibliography: 5 monographs; 2 textbooks; 13 chapters from books; 190 publications, 105 of which are referenced in WoS/Scopus; 115 reports at scientific conferences. Pedagogical work: 12 courses of lectures for Bulgarian and foreign universities; 10 defended PhD students. Others: expert at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research; Expert at the Polish National Science Foundation; Co-Editor of Engineering in Life Science, Germany.

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