MIcroplastic and Nanosilver InteractiONs in terrestrial and freshwater plants and algae (MINION)

Croatian Science Foundation Research Project



MIcroplastic and Nanosilver InteractiONs in terrestrial and freshwater plants and algae (MINION)

Project leader: Prof. Biljana Balen, PhD

Project duration: 15.12.2023. – 14.12.2027.


News and activities on the project


May 29, 2024

On Wednesday, May 29, 2024, the principal investigator B. Balen and team members from the Division of Biology of the Faculty of Science M. Tkalec, D. Pavoković, P. Peharec Štefanić, P. Cvjetko i B. Komazec participated in the first meeting of nano- and microplastics researchers from Croatia "Microplastics for Breakfast with Andreja Palatinus" at the premises of the Institute of Medical Research and Occupational Medicine. A total of 62 researchers took part in the workshop, and the PI gave a short presentation on the work of the research group and the research project of the Croatian Science Foundation "MINION".







February 22, 2024

    Within the MINION project, the first graduation thesis was made. On Thursday, February 22, 2024, Luka Kobelščak, a graduate student of Environmental sciences, completed his studies and graduated with a dissertation on the topic " THE EFFECT OF MICROPLASTICS ON OXIDATIVE STRESS APPEARANCE AND ACTIVITY OF ANTIOXIDANT ENZYMES IN DUCKWEED (Lemna minor)" under the supervision of Prof. Biljana Balen, Ph.D. and the co-supervision of Karla Košpić, PhD.



December 15, 2024

  The MINION project started on December 15, 2024, and the first working meeting of the project team took place on December 21 at the Division of Molecular Biology, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. The meeting was attended by researchers from the Faculty of Science and colleagues from the Croatian Institute of Public Health and the Teaching Institute of Public Health "Dr. Andrija Štampar" participated. The project leader, Prof. Biljana Balen, Ph.D., introduced all collaborators and researchers, explained the work and financial plan and pointed out the additions to the work plan that were made at the request of the reviewers. An activity plan for the first few months was also drawn up and the responsibilities of all collaborators were agreed.