Provorov Nikolai Alexandrovich

Born: June 15 1958, Saint-Petersburg (former Leningrad), Russia (USSR).

Graduated from Biological Department of St.-Petersburg State University (1981) in specialty: Genetics of Microorganisms.

PhD in 1986 from All-Russia Research Institute for Agricultural Microbiology in specialty: Microbiology.

Doctor Dissertation from Biological Department of St.-Petersburg State University (2009) in specialty: Genetics.

Employment at All-Russia Research Institute for Agricultural Microbiology: 1981-1984 (PhD student), 1984-2009 (Research Fellow), 2010-until now (Deputy Director in Research).

Scientific Interests: Plant-microbe interactions, Evolution of symbiosis, Mathematical simulation of co-evolutionary processes.

Total number of publications: 306, publications in English: 104.

Principle International Publications

  1. Provorov N.A., Vorobyov N.I. Population genetics of rhizobia: construction and analysis of an “infection and release” model. J. Theor. Biol., 2000. V. 205. N 1. P. 105-119.
  2. Provorov N.A., Tikhonovich I.A., Veronesi F. (editors). New approaches and techniques in breeding sustainable fodder crops and amenity grasses. St.-Petersburg, Russia. N.I.Vavilov All-Russia Research Institute of Plant Industry”. 2000. 288 p.
  3. Provorov N.A., Borisov A.Y., Tikhonovich I.A. Developmental genetics and evolution of symbiotic structures in nitrogen-fixing nodules and arbuscular mycorrhiza. J. Theor. Biol., 2002. V. 214. N 2. P. 215-232.
  4.  Provorov N.A., Tikhonovich I.A. Genetic resources for improving nitrogen fixation in legume-rhizobia symbiosis. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 2003. V 50. N 1. P. 89-99.
  5.  Tikhonovich I.A., Lugtenberg B.J.J., Provorov N.A. (editors). Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions. Vol. 4. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions: New Bridges between Past and Future (Proc. 11-th Intern. Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions). IS-MPMI. St.-Petersburg, Russia, 2004. 634 pp.
  6.  Provorov N.A., Vorobyov N.I. Interplay of Darwinian and frequency-dependent selection in the host-associated microbial populations. Theor. Population Biol., 2006. V. 70. N. 3. P. 262-272.
  7.  Tikhonovich I.A., Provorov N.A. Cooperation of plants and microorganisms: getting closer to the genetic construction of sustainable agro-systems. Biotechnology J. 2007. V. 2. N 7. P. 833-848.
  8.  Tikhonovich, I.A., Provorov, N.A. Beneficial plant-microbe interactions. In Y.T. Dyakov, V. Dzhavakhiya, T. Korpela (Eds.). Comprehensive and Molecular Phytopathology. Amsterdam. Elsevier. 2007. P. 365-420.
  9.  Provorov N.A., Vorobyov N.I. Evolution of symbiotic bacteria in “plant-soil” systems: interplay of molecular and population mechanisms. In: Progress in Environmental Microbiology. Ed. Kim M.-B. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. New York, 2008, p. 11-67.
  10.  Provorov N.A., Borisov A.Y., Shtark A.Y., Zhukov V.A. Tikhonovich I.A. Developmental genetics of legume-microbe interactions related to biological nitrogen fixation. In Nitrogen Fixation Research Progress. Ed. Couto G.N. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. New York, 2008, p. 111-172.
  11.  Provorov N.A., Vorobyov N.I. Equilibrium between the “genuine mutualists” and “symbiotic cheaters” in the bacterial population co-evolving with plants in a facultative symbiosis. Theor. Population Biol., 2008. V. 74. N. 4. P. 345-355.
  12.  Provorov N.A., Vorobyov N.I. Interspecies altruism in plant-microbe symbioses: use of group selection models to resolve the evolutionary paradoxes. In: Mycorrhizas – Functional Processes and Evolutionary Impacts. Azcon-Aguilar C., Barea J.M., Gianinazzi S., Gianinazzi-Pearson V. Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag. 2009. P. 17-31.
  13.  Tikhonovich I.A., Provorov N.A. From plant-microbe interactions to Symbiogenetics: a universal paradigm for the inter-species genetic integration. Ann. Appl. Biol. 2009. V. 154. N 3. P. 341-350.
  14.  Provorov N.A., Vorobyov N.I. Host plant as on organizer of microbial evolution in the beneficial symbioses. Phytochemical Reviews. 2009. V. 8. P. 519-534. DOI 10.1007/s11101-009-9140-x.
  15.  Provorov N.A., Vorobyov N.I. Evolutionary Genetics of Plant-Microbe Symbioses. Ed. by Igor A. Tikhonovich. NOVA Science Publishers, NY. 2010. 290 p.
  16.  Provorov N.A., Shtark O.Y., Zhukov V.A., Borisov A.Y., Tikhonovich I.A. Developmental Genetics of Plant-Microbe Symbioses. NOVA Science Publishers: NY. 2010. 151 p.
  17.  Provorov N.A., Vorobyov N.I. Simulation of evolution implemented in the mutualistic symbioses towards enhancing their ecological efficiency, functional integrity and genotypic specificity. Theor. Population Biology. 2010. 78 (4) 259-269. Doi: 10.1016/j.tpb.2010.08.005.
  18.  Shtark O.Y., Borisov A.Y., Zhukov V.A., Provorov N.A., Tikhonovich I.A. (2010). Intimate associations of beneficial soil microbes with host plants. In: Soil Microbiology and Sustainable Crop Production. Eds. Dixon R, Tilston E. Springer. 2010. P. 119-196.
  19.  Provorov N.A., Vorobyov N.I. Horizontal gene transfer in the host-directed evolution of root nodule bacteria Advances in Genetics Research, Volume 1. Ed. M.A. Osborne. NOVA Science Publishers: NY. 2010. P. 315-328.
  20.  Tikhonovich I.A., Provorov N.A. Microbiology is the basis of sustainable agriculture: an opinion. Ann. Appl. Biol. 2011. V. 159. N 2. P. 155-168.
  21.  Provorov N.A., Tsyganova A.V., Brewin N.J., Tsyganov V.E., Vorobyov N.I. 2013. Evolution of symbiotic bacteria within the extra- and intra-cellular plant compartments: experimental evidence and mathematical simulation (Mini-review). Symbiosis. DOI 10.1007/s13199-012-0220-0 (2012, V. 58, N1-3, P. 39-50).