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Mihai Botu

Universitatea din Craiova, Facultatea de Agricultura si Horticultura, Craiova, Romania

Personal web page: http://cis01.central.ucv.ro/facultatea_horticultura/cv/botu%20mihai.pdf
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Born: 1970

Interests: life sciences, horticulture, plant breeding, pomology, plant genetic resources, biodiversity

Details:
The research activity is focused on fruit tree plant breeding (plum, walnut, sweet chestnut and hazelnut) through obtaining of new cultivars suitable for growing in Romania. Other research topics are reffering to identification, evaluation, propagation, conservation and utilization of fruit tree germplasm.

Selected publications:
• Cosmulescu, S., Trandafir, I., Nour, V., Botu, M. . Total Phenolic, Flavonoid Distribution and Antioxidant Capacity in Skin, Pulp and Fruit Extracts of Plum Cultivars. Journal of Food Biochemistry, 39 (1), pp. 64-69, 2015.
• Damiano Avanzato, Gale H. McGranahan, Kourosh Vahdati, Mihai Botu, Luis Iannamico, Jozef Van Assche (Eds. ). Following Walnut Footprints (Juglans regia L. ) Cultivation and Culture, Folklore and History, Traditions and Uses. . International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) and the International Nut & Dried Fruit Council (INC). , 2014.
• Ionica M. E., Nour V., Trandafir I., Cosmulescu S., Botu M., . Physical and Chemical Properties of Some European Plum Cultivars (Prunus domestica L. ). . Not Bot Horti Agrobo, 41(2) , pp. 499-503 , 2013.
• Cosmulescu, S., Botu, M., Trandafir, I. . The Mineral Source for Human Nutrition of Nuts in Different Hazelnut (Corylus avellana L. ) Cultivars. Not Bot Horti Agrobo, 41(1), pp. 250-254 , 2013.
• Zulij Mihaljevic, M.; Simon, S.; Pejic, I.; Carka, F.; Sevo, R.; Kojic, A.; Gasi, F.; Tomic, L.; Jovanovic Cvetkovic, T.; Maletic, E.; Preiner, D.; Bozinovic, Z.; Savin, G.; Cornea, V.; Maras, V.; Tomic Mugosa, M.; Botu, M.; Popa, A.; Beleski, K. . Molecular characterization of old local grapevine varieties from south east European countries. Vitis, 52 (2) , pp. 69-76, 2013.
• Pop, I. F., Vicol, A. C., Botu, M., Raica, P. A., Vahdati, K., & Pamfil, D. . Relationships of walnut cultivars in a germplasm collection: Comparative analysis of phenotypic and molecular data. Scientia Horticulturae, 153, pp. 124-135, 2013.
• Solar A., Jakopic J., Nour V., Mikulic-Petkovsek M., Veberic R., Botu M., Stampar F. Prohexadione-Ca Induces Reduction in Bacterial Blight Severity and Alteration in Phenolic Content in Walnuts. Journal of Plant Pathology, 94 (1, Supplement), pp. 47-52, 2012.
• Botu, M., Visanu, F., Stefanescu, I., Vicol, A. and Cernatescu, M. Structure of the Plum Cultivar Assortment for the Region of Oltenia - Romania. In Botu M. (ed.), Acta Hort. (ISHS), 968, pp. 115-119 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Belgium, 2012.
• Botu, M., Achim, G., Botu, I., Preda, S. and Vicol, A. Genetic Gain Achieved in Plum Breeding Programs in Romania. In Botu M. (ed.), Acta Hort. (ISHS), 968, pp. 47-53. International Society for Horticultural Science, Belgium, 2012.
• Botu, I., Botu, M., Papachatzis, A., Cosmulescu, S. and Preda, S. Evolution of Plum Culture; Constrains and Perspectives. In Botu M. (ed.), Acta Hort. (ISHS), 968, pp. 19-24. International Society for Horticultural Science, Belgium, 2012.
• Cvetkoviĉ M., Tomiĉ, L., Botu, M., Gjamovski V., Jemriĉ T., Lazoviĉ B., Ognjanov V., Pintea M., Sevo R., Achim G., Bozovic D., Bucarciuk, V., Carka, F., Ĉiĉek D., Fruk G., Jaĉimoviĉ V., Kiprijanovski M. and Hjalmarsson I. Balkan Pomology - Apples. SEEDNet' s WG for Fruit and Vitis, Exaktaprinting AB, Sweden, 2012.
• Botu, M., Tomiĉ, L., Cvetkoviĉ M., Gjamovski V., Jemriĉ T., Lazoviĉ B., Ognjanov V., Pintea M., Sevo R., Achim, G., Bozovic D., Carka F., Cicek D., Fruk G., Jaĉimoviĉ V., Kiprijanovski M., Juraveli A., and Hjalmarsson I. Balkan Pomology - Plums. SEEDNet' s WG for Fruit and Vitis, Exaktaprinting AB, Sweden, 2012.
• Butac, M., Zagrai, I. and Botu, M. . Breeding of New Plum Cultivars in Romania.. In F. Sottile (ed.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) 874:51-58, Acta Hort. (ISHS) 874:51-58, p. Acta Hort.. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2010.
• Achim, G., Botu, I., Botu, M., Preda, S. and Baciu, A. . Plum Rootstocks for Intensive Plum Culture.. In F. Sottile (ed.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 874, pp. 299-304. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2010.
• Botu, I., Botu, M., Achim, G. and Baciu, A. . Plum Culture in Romania: Present Situation and Perspectives.. In F. Sottile (ed.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 874, pp. 365-372. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2010.
• Botu, M., Achim, G., Botu, I., Preda, S. and Baciu, A. . New Cultivars and Elites for Plum Culture in Romania. In F. Sottile (ed.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 874, pp. 293-298. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2010.
• Botu M., Tudor M., Papachatzis A. . Evaluation of Some Walnut Cultivars with Different Bearing Habits in the Ecological Conditions of Oltenia - Romania. In D. L. McNeil (ed.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 861, pp. 119-126. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2010.
• Cosmulescu Sina, Baciu A., Botu M., Achim G. Environmental factors' influence on walnut flowering. In D. L. McNeil (ed.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 861 , pp. 83-88 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2010.
• Botu M. . Sweet Chestnut Situation in Romania. In G. Bounous, G. L. Beccaro (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 866, pp. 511-515. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2010.
• Cosmulescu S., Trandafir I., Achim G., Botu M., Baciu A., Gruia M. . Phenolics of Green Husk in Mature Walnut Fruits. Not. Bot. Hort. Agrobot. Cluj, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp. 53-56, 2010.
• Pop I. F., Pamfil D., Raica, P. A., Petricele I. V., Botu M., Vicol A. C., Harta M., Sisea C. R. . Evaluation of the Genetic Diversity of Several Corylus Avellana Accessions from the Romanian National Hazelnut Collection. . Not. Bot. Hort. Agrobot. Cluj, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp. 61-67, 2010.
• Pop I. F., Pamfil D., Raica, P. A., Petricele I. V., Sisea C. R., Vas E., Botos B., Bodea M., Botu M. . Assessment of the genetic variability among some Juglans cultivars from the Romanian National Collection at S. C. D. P. Valcea using RAPD markers. . Romanian Biotechnological Letters, Vol. 15, No. 2, Supplement, pp. 41-49, 2010.
• Avagyan A., Bratanova-Doncheva S., Bellini E., Bobokashvili Z., Bolvanskŭ M., Botu M.; Bouffier V. A., Bounous G., Bueno S. C. S., Casey J., Casey B., Chipev N., Conedera M., Costa R.; Craddock H. J., Ĉurkoviĉ-Perica M., Diamandis S., Díaz-Hernández M. B., Er. Following Chestnut Footprints (Castanea spp. ) - Cultivation and Culture, Folklore and History, Tradition and Uses - Sulle Orme del Castagno - Coltura e Cultura, Folclore e Storia, Tradizioni e Usi. International Society for Horticultural Science, Belgium, 2009.
• Bassil, N. V., Postman, J., Hummer, K., Botu, M. and Sezer, A. . SSR Fingerprinting Panel Verifies Identities of Clones in Backup Hazelnut Collection of USDA Genebank. In L. Varvaro, S. Franco (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 845, pp. 95-102. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2009.
• Botu I., Turcu Elena, Botu M., Achim G., Vicol Adina. Research on the Genetic Variability of Characteristics in Hybrid Populations of Hazelnut. In L. Varvaro, S. Franco (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 845, pp. 151-158. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2009.
• Botu I., Turcu Elena, Botu M., Preda Silvia, Vicol Adina. Papachatzis, A. . Arutela - A New Hazelnut Cultivar for the Industry. In L. Varvaro, S. Franco (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 845, pp. 187-190. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2009.
• Popa A., Botu M., Corneanu M., Mindrila G., Dunoiu A. . Research on Vitis vinifera Ssp. Sylvestris Presence in Several Areals from Oltenia- Romania. Bulletin of University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca. Horticulture, Vol 66, No 1 , pp. 291-297, 2009.
• Cosmulescu, S. , Baciu, A., Achim, G., Botu M., Trandafir I. . Mineral Composition of Fruits in Different Walnut (Juglans regia L. ) Cultivars. . Not. Bot. Hort. Agrobot. Cluj, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp. 156-160, 2009.
• Vagelas I., Kalorizou H., Papachatzis A. and Botu M. Bioactivity of olive oil mill wastewater against plant pathogens and post-harvest diseases. . BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOTECHNOLOGICAL EQUIPMENT, 23/2009/2, pp. 1217-1219, 2009.
• Botu M., Botu I., Neagoe Anca, Papachatzis A. . Evaluation of Sweet Chestnut Cultivars and Selections into the Valcea Area. In Q. Lin, H. Hong-Wen (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 844, pp. 311-318. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2009.
• Sestras R., Botu M., Mitre V., Sestras A., Rosu-Mares S. . Comparative study on the response of several plum cultivars in central Transylvania conditions, Romania. . Not. Bot. Hort. Agrobot. Cluj, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp. 69-75, 2007.
• Botu, I., Preda, S., Turcu, E., Achim, G. and Botu, M. . Rival - a new rootstock for plum. . In K. Hrotkó (ed.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 732 , pp. 253-256 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2007.
• Achim, G., Botu, M. and Botu, I. Evaluation and propagation of walnut cultivars and rootstocks in the nursery.. In K. Hrotkó (ed.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 732, pp. 359-363 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2007.
• Botu, I. and Botu, M. . Limits and perspectives in plum cultivar breeding using conventional methods.. In E. Vangdal, L. Sekse (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 734 , pp. 321-325 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2007.
• Botu, I., Preda, S., Botu, M. and Achim, G. Major issues in assuring the continuity of the on farm natural genetic variability in Romania. . In E. Vangdal, L. Sekse (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 734, pp. 327-331. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2007.
• Botu, I., Preda, S., Botu, M. and Achim, G. . New valuable clonal selections for plum in Romania.. In E. Vangdal, L. Sekse (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS), 734 , pp. 333-336 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2007.
• Gavrilescu, E., Cosmulescu, S., Baciu, A. and Botu, M. . Influence of cultivar-rootstock combination on physiological processes in plum.. In E. Vangdal, L. Sekse (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 734, pp. 381-386. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2007.
• Achim, G., Botu, M. and Botu, I. . Portval - A New Walnut Rootstock. In K. E. Hummer (ed.), Acta Hort. (ISHS), 760, pp. 549-553. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2007.
• Botu, M., Botu, I., Achim, G. and Tudor, M. . Walnut cultivars in Romanian conditions. . In K. E. Hummer (ed.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 760, pp. 555-561 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2007.
• Ionica M. E., Nour V. and Botu M. . Study concerning the influence of the electro-ionic technology on long term storage of apples. In D. L. Lynch, R. P. Prange (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 737 , pp. 47-51 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2007.
• Botu, I., Turcu, E., Preda, S., Botu, M. and Achim, G. 25 years of achievements and perspectives in hazelnut breeding in Romania. In J. Tous, M. Rovira, A. Romero (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 686 , pp. 91-94 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2005.
• Turcu, E., Botu, I., Preda, S., Botu, M. and Achim, G. . Uriase de Valcea - a valuable new hazelnut cultivar.. In J. Tous, M. Rovira, A. Romero (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 686 , pp. 95-98 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2005.
• Achim, G., Botu, I., Botu, M., Godeanu, I., Baciu, A. and Cosmulescu, S. . Miroval - a new clonal rootstock for European type plum cultivars. . In M. A. Moreno Sánchez, A. D. Webster (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS), 658 , pp. 89-91 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2004.
• Botu, I., Turcu, E. and Botu, M. . New plum rootstock selections with low vigor and high capacity of propagation.. In M. A. Moreno Sánchez, A. D. Webster (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 658 , pp. 441-447 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2004.
• Botu, I., Achim, G. and Botu, M. . Evaluation of the stress capacity of different soil types on the scion - rootstock biosystem for plum. In M. A. Moreno Sánchez, A. D. Webster (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 658, pp. 413-419. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2004.
• Botu, I., Turcu, E., Preda, S., Achim, G. and Botu, M. . The genetic diversity of Prunus genus into the subCarpathian area of Oltenia-Romania and the value for breeding. In V. Djouvinov, D. Dotchev, P. Gercheva (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 577, pp. 131-137. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2002.
• Botu, M., Sarpe, C., Cosmulescu, S. and Botu, I. . The genetic control of pollen fertility, pollenizing and fruit set for the Prunus domestica L. plum cultivars. In V. Djouvinov, D. Dotchev, P. Gercheva (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 577, pp. 139-145 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2002.
• Cociu, V., Botu, I., Turcu, E., Botu, M. and Godeanu, I. The value and perspectives of new plum cultivars obtained in Romania.. In V. Djouvinov, D. Dotchev, P. Gercheva (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 577 , pp. 147-150 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2002.
• Botu, I., Achim, G., Botu, M., Godeanu, I. and Baciu, A. . The evaluation and classification of growth vigor of the plum cultivars grafted on various rootstocks. In V. Djouvinov, D. Dotchev, P. Gercheva (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS), 577, pp. 299-306. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2002.
• Botu, M., Botu, I. and Turcu, E. . Morphological and anatomical characteristics of redleaf hazelnut seedlings and chimeras.. In S. A. Mehlenbacher (ed.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 556 , pp. 219-225 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2001.
• Turcu, E., Turcu, I. and Botu, M. . Flowering of hazelnut cultivars in Oltenia, Romania. In S. A. Mehlenbacher (ed.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 556 , pp. 365-370 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2001.
• Botu, M., Godeanu, I. and Baciu, A. . The behaviour of some walnut cultivars and selections in the first years after planting. . In E. Germain (ed.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 544 , pp. 141-147 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2001.
• Botu, M., Botu, I., Achim, G. and Godeanu, I. . Genetic variability of the Juglans regia L. natural populations from Oltenia - Romania.. In E. Germain (ed.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 544 , pp. 149-154 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 2001.
• Botu, M., Achim, G. and Turcu, E. . Evaluation of some chestnut selections from the population formed into the ecological conditions from the North - East of Oltenia. In G. Salesses (ed.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 494, pp. 77-84. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 1999.
• Botu, M. . Inheritance of some characteristics to the offspring and evaluation of the genitors' value for plum. . In Z. S. Grzyb, K. Zmarlicki, M. Sitarek (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) 478:155-164 , Acta Hort. (ISHS) 478:155-164 , p. Acta Hort.. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 1998.
• Turcu, E., Botu, I. and Botu, M. . Evaluation of the production capacity of some plum cultivars grown in Romania.. In Z. S. Grzyb, K. Zmarlicki, M. Sitarek (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS), 478, pp. 179-186 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 1998.
• Vasilescu, V. and Botu, M. . The principal varieties of walnut from Romania. . In J. A. Gomes Pereira, J. M. S. Martins, C. Pinto de Abreu (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 442, pp. 271-276. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 1997.
• Godeanu, I., Baciu, A., Botu, M. and Achim, G. . Valuable walnut hybrids and selections for intensive growth in Romania.. In J. A. Gomes Pereira, J. M. S. Martins, C. Pinto de Abreu (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS), 442 , pp. 95-100 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 1997.
• Botu, I., Turcu, E. and Botu, M. . Establishing of the offspring transmission capacity of some characters for hazelnut.. In A. I. Köksal, Y. Okay, N. T. Güsnes (eds.), Acta Hort. (ISHS) , 445 , pp. 55-64 . International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven (Belgium), 1997.


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