Secondary caries, caries surrounding dental fillings, is the most common reason for their replacement, amounting up to 70% of replaced fillings. Bioactive remineralizing composite materials with the ion-releasing ability and the potential to build up destructed tooth structure by imitation of naturally occurring process of mineralization will be the foundation of our work and a strategy for secondary caries prevention.
Enhancement of Croatian forest ecosystem services through assessment of fungal diversity based on DNA barcoding (ForFungiDNA)
Fungi are the far least studied group of organisms in Croatia with only 23% of species recorded so far out of the total estimated number. The main project aim is to study fungal biodiversity of Croatian forests through the DNA barcoding methods and to analyze its impact on forest ecosystem services. The project will result in the addition of fungal DNA sequences to international bioinformatic databases for a number of species that are not represented in these bases to date. All DNA barcoded species in this project will be categorised in trophic groups (pathogens, saprotrophs, and mycorrhizal species) and the intensity of their impact on the forest ecosystem services will be assessed.