Dr.biol. Ilze Irbe

Education

2009 – PhD in biology (Dr.biol.), microbiology, University of Latvia, Faculty of Biology.

Research Interests and Expertise

Microbial degradation of wood; microscopy of wood structure and microorganisms; fungal diversity in wooden constructions; biological durability of treated wood and wood based products.

Significant Projects

2017-2020 – ERDF project – Wood with improved service properties due to combination of thermal modification and impregnation (No. 1.1.1.1./16/A/133), leading researcher.

2016-2018 – FSCC project – Wood based composites with improved properties (No. 1.2.1.1/16/A/009), leading researcher.

2014-2015 – ERDF project – Plywood from thermally modified veneer with improved durability properties (No. 2014/0018/2DP/2.1.1.1.0/14/APIA/VIAA/040), leading researcher.

2010-2013 – ES INTERREG IVA project – Fungi and Beetles in Buildings on Islands of Baltic Sea (FaBBi), expert in mycology.

Additional Information

From 2016 – Expert of the Latvian Council of Science in Biology and Material science sectors.

From 2015 – Management Committee member of the COST Action TD1406.

From 2012 – Member of the Scientific Board of State Inspection for Heritage Protection.

From 2011 – Member of the International Research Group on Wood Protection (IRG/ WP).

2007-2011 – Management Committee member of the COST Action IE0601.

From 2004 – Member of the European Mycological Association (EMA).

From 2002 – Member of the Latvian Microbiology Society.

From 2002 – Member of the Latvian Mycological Society.

From 1999 – Member of the International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Society (IBBS).

Significant Publications

Irbe, I., Bikovens, O., Fridrihsone, V., Dzenis, M. Impact of biodeterioration on structure and composition of waterlogged foundation piles from Riga Cathedral (1211 CE), Latvia. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 2019, 23, 196–202 (doi: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.11.002).

Irbe, I., Grinins, J., Andersone, I. Andersons, B. Susceptibility of thermo-hydro-treated birch plywood to mould and blue stain fungi. Wood Material Science & Engineering, 2018,13 (5), 296-304 (doi: 10.1080/17480272.2017.1335346).

Irbe, I., Sable, I.,  Noldt, G.,  Grinfelds, U.,  Jansons, A., Treimanis, A., Koch, G. Wood and Tracheid Properties of Norway Spruce (Picea abies [L] Karst.) Clones Grown on Former Agricultural Land in Latvia. Baltic Forestry, 2015, 21(1), 114-123 (Available here).

Irbe, I., Elisashvili, V., Asatiani, M. D., Janberga, A., Andersone, I., Andersons, B., Biziks, V., Grinins, J. Lignocellulolytic activity of Coniophora puteana and Trametes versicolor in fermentation of wheat bran and decay of hydrothermally modified hardwoods. Int. Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 2014, 86, 71-78 (doi: 10.1016/j.ibiod.2013.06.027).

Irbe, I., Karadelev, M., Andersone, I., Andersons, B. Biodeterioration of external wooden structures of the Latvian Cultural Heritage. Journal of Cultural Heritage, 2012, 135, 579–584 (doi: 10.1016/j.culher.2012.01.016).