Dr.biol. Ilze Irbe

Education

2009 - Ph.D. in biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia

1996 - M.Sc. diploma in biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia

1994 - Diploma in microbiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia

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

EU INTERREG IVA program project “Fungi and Beetles in Buildings on Islands of Baltic Sea” (FaBBi), 2010 - 2013, expert in mycology

ESF project “Importance of Genetic Factors in Formation of Forest Stands with High Adaptability and Qualitative Wood Properties”, 2009 - 2012, Head of the Activity "Genetic determination of wood properties"

EC 7th FP project WOOD-NET, 2008 - 2011, Head of the Thematic priority “Biological wood damage of culture heritage sites: organisms, biodeterioration, prevention”

EC 5th FP project WOODPRO, 2003 - 2006, Head of the Work Package “Biodegradation of lignocellulose by wood-rotting fungi”

Additional Information

2007 - 2011 - COST Action IE0601 "Wood Science for Conservation of Cultural Heritage" (WoodCultHer), MC Member

2010 - Ron Cockcroft award, International Research Group on Wood Protection (IRG/ WP), Biarritz, France

Member of the Scientific Board of State Inspection for Heritage Protection

Member of the International Research Group on Wood Protection (IRG/ WP)

Member of the European Mycological Association (EMA)

Member of the Latvian Microbiology Society

Member of the Latvian Mycological Society

Member of the International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Society (IBBS)

Significant Publications

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

Irbe, I., Sable, I., Treimanis, A., Jansons, A., Grinfelds, U. 2013. Variation in the tracheid dimensions of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl. var. latifolia Engelm) trees grown in Latvia. Baltic Forestry 19 (1), 120-127.

I. Irbe, M. Karadelev, I. Andersone, B. Andersons. 2012. Biodeterioration of external wooden structures of the Latvian Cultural Heritage. Journal of Cultural Heritage, 135, 579–584.

V. Elisashvili, I. Irbe, I. Andersone, B. Andersons, N. Tsiklauri. 2012. Hydrolytic enzyme activity of EN113 standard basidiomycetes in fermentation of lignocellulosic material and wood colonization. Holzforschung, 66, 841–847.

I. Irbe, I. Andersone, B. Andersons, G. Noldt, T. Dizhbite, N. Kurnosova, M. Nuopponen, D. Stewart. 2011. Characterisation of initial degradation stage of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) sapwood after attack by brown-rot fungus Coniophora puteana. Biodegradation, 22, 719–728

I. Irbe, M. Karadelev, B. Andersons. 2010. Qualitative - Quantitative Analysis of Wood-Inhabiting Fungi in external wooden structures of the Latvian Cultural Heritage. Document IRG/WP 10-10728, Stocholm: IRG Secretariat, p. 1-12.