Center of Excellence for White-Green Biotechnology (CEWGB)

This unique research center (CEWGB) was established as a joint workplace of the Institute of Chemistry of SAS (ICH SAS) and SUA at the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences. The center was built within the framework of the projects OP Research and Development ITMS 26220120054 (project period 2010 – 2013) and ITMS 26210120029 (project period 2012 – 2013). Research activities carried out in this center are focused on the areas of white (industrial) and green (agricultural) biotechnology. The following laboratories are created within the CEWGB: Laboratory of Genetics, Biotechnology Laboratory, Laboratory of Biomass Processing and Analytical Laboratory, which are equipped with excellent instrumentation, creating convenient conditions for improving the quality of research work, cooperation of the scientific institution and university as for research collaboration with social and economic sections. The creation of research areas for students and teachers improved the conditions of education at SUA in Nitra. The Center of Excellence coordinates its infrastructure and scientific and research activities with the AgroBioTech Research Center.


Laboratory of genetics:

Laboratory of Biomass Processing:

Biotechnology laboratory:

Analytical laboratory:

In addition to the above devices, the CEGWB laboratories are equipped with DNA / RNA and protein gel electrophoresis equipment, western blot, preparative 2D protein electrophoresis, ultrasonic homogenizer, benchtop centrifuges, high-speed centrifuge, laboratory autoclaves (25L and 80L), analytical balances, pH meters, ultra-pure water apparatus, CO2 incubator, rotary evaporator, laminar boxes, gas generator, dryers, etc.

Scientific Research Activities of CEWGB:


Scientific research activities are divided into three pillars:

1. Applied synthetic biology and enzyme development

2. Carbohydrates and their analysis

3. Plant research

which include


  • Biocatalysis systems,

  • Structure, properties and biotechnological potential of new plant-degrading microbial enzymes

  • Microbial enzymes for plant hemicelluloses usage,

  • Parallel analysis of prostate cancer biomarkers,

  • Electrochemical lectin and glycan biochips integrated with nanostructures,

  • Transglycosylases of plant and fungal cell walls,

  • Research on molecular factors of bee colony defense against some microbial pathogens,

  • Study of regulation of radical and cellular signaling during hypertension and influence of novel therapies on this signaling

  • Detection of genetic variability of cereals by molecular markers,

  • Plant mucilages, structure and bioactivity,

  • Bioactive polysaccharides from unused plants and plant waste,

  • Elimination of celiac active peptides by fermentation technologies,

  • Analysis of ions and biologically active substances in raw materials and food.



  • APVV-0602-12: Structure, properties and biotechnological potential of novel microbial enzymes degrading plant biomass
    Coordinator: Vladimír Puchart

  • VEGA 2/0037/14: Microbial enzymes for plant hemicelluloses usage
    Coordinator: Vladimír Puchart

  • FP7-612587: PlantDNAtolerance – Plant adaptation to heavy metal and radioactive pollution
    Coordinator: Martin Hajduch

  • VEGA 2/0020/12: Transglycosylases of plant and fungal cell walls
    Coordinator: Eva Stratilová

  • VEGA 2/0178/12: Investigation of molecular factors of the defense of honey bee colonies against some microbial pathogens
    Coordinator: Jaroslav Klaudiny

  • VEGA 2/0136/13: Novel technology for synthesis of sialo and α-Gal derivatives needed for development of vaccines, antibiotics and humanized plastics
    Coordinator: Jozef Nahálka

  • VEGA č. 1/0513/2013: Detection of genetic variability of cereals by molecular markers
    Coordinator: Zdenka Gálová

  • VEGA 2/0085/13: Bioactive polysaccharides from non-utilized plants and plant wastes: structural and functional diversity
    Coordinator: Zdenka Hromádková

  • VEGA 2/0066/2013: Utilization of modern biotechnologies in the amaranth breeding program
    Coordinator: Andrea Hricová

  • KEGA 024SPU-4/2013: Fermentation technology – creation of new subject and textbook for Food technology, Winemaking and Biotechnology study programmes
    Coordinator: Dana Urminská

  • VEGA 1/0139/17: Unconventional and minor crops useful for the preparation of novel foods designed for particular nutritional purposes.
    Coordinator: Alena Vollmannová

  • VEGA 1/0246/18: Application of modern biotechnological methods in order to conserve plant genetic resources
    Coordinator: Zdenka Gálová

  • KEGA 020SPU-4/2016: Innovation of education of the subject Biochemical technologies in relation to the new study field and program Agrobiotechnology
    Coordinator: Dana Urminská

  • VEGA 02/0041/16: Molecular methods in breeding of naturally gluten-free amaranth
    Coordinator: Zdenka Gálová






Jozef Nahálka – Project Manager (ICH SAS)

Ján Mucha – project manager assistant (ICH SAS)

Dana Urminská – project manager assistant (SUA)

Alica Vikartovská – financial manager (ICH SAS)

Zuzana Gálová – financial manager (SUA)

Danica Mislovičová – Monitoring Manager (ICH SAS)

Juraj Miššík – Monitoring Manager (SUA)

Marián Mazáň – Publicity Manager (ICH SAS)


Researchers from the ICH SAS:

 Peter Biely

Eva Stratilová

Danica Mislovičová

Alica Vikartovská

Ján Mucha

Vladimír Päťoprstý

Jozef Nahálka

Jaroslav Klaudiny

Peter Capek

Zdenka Hromádková

Mária Matulová

Ján Gajdoš

Marek Nemčovič

Katarína Šuchová

Mária Dzúrová

Sergej Šesták

Soňa Garajová

Ria Vršanská

Eva Hrabárová

Iveta Uhliariková

Zuzana Košťálová


Researchers from the SUA:

prof. RNDr. Zdenka Gálová, CSc.

prof. RNDr. Alena Vollmannová, PhD.

doc. RNDr. Ing. Tomáš, Tóth, PhD.

RNDr. Juraj Miššík, PhD.

Ing. Martin Hajduch, PhD.

doc. Ing. Marián Schwarz, PhD.