Our collaboration with Aquarium Pula

A significant number of the samples used in TurtleBIOME study arrives from the Aquarium Pula, Marine turtles rescue centre. We are visiting the centre regularly (link) to collect the carapace, skin, oral and cloacal samples of newly arrived turtles as well as the ones that are on the path to their recovery. 

One of our participants in TurtleBIOME project is Maro, badly injured turtle currently being well looked after by the dedicated staff at the Aquarium Pula, within their Marine turtles rescue centre. Here you can watch Maro taking his first independent dive since arriving at the centre, which is a significant step toward its recovery. 

HRT popular science show – Prometheus

Klara Filek & Sunčica Bosak were interviewed about their work and the TurtleBIOME project as a part of the Croatian National Television popular science Prometheus shown 7.11.2019 

European Researchers Night 2019

Sunčica Bosak & Klara Filek participated in European Reseachers Night 2019 as a part of Croatian National Science Fund organization. Klara and Sunčica organized a workshop “Microbial colorful world of plants” for 4th grade school kids in Elementary School Stenjevec in Zagreb, Croatia  27.09.2019


The Night of Biology – where art meets science: Diatoms on turtles’ backs

April 5, 2019. The details of the workshops, the whole event and extraordinary creations resulting from this fusion and collaboration between Academy of Fine Arts and our research group can be found in the gallery on our website

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in loggerhead sea turtles as bio-indicators of pollution in the Adriatic sea – lecture

Adriana Trotta,DMV, collaborator on our project presented the results of her work and our mutual results in a polupar science lecture organised by Croatian Botanical Society 11.04.2019 at PMF, Zagreb

Boje u životu glavate želve

Romana Gračan held a lecture titled “Colors in a life of a loggerhead sea turtle” as a part of the Science Festival at the Technical Museum in Zagreb 11.04.2019

New Diatom species discovered – TV show

May 10, 2018. Maja Mucko, presented discovery of the six new diatom species from the Entomoneis genus on the broadcast of the ”Prometheus” show.

The show is available on the HRTi platform at the following link, and you can view the item from 6:05 to 10:00 minutes.

Plankton diatoms on Eppur si muove – Radio show

April 23, 2018  Sunčica Bosak and Maja Mucko were hosted in a half-hour show “Eppur si muove” of Croatian Radio to talk about Plankton diatoms. The topic of the interview was the newly published scientific paper and the discovery of six new species of diatoms from the Adriatic Sea, which were described using a morphological and molecular approach –  methodology to be used within the TurtleBIOME project.

The show is available for listening on this link.

TurtleBIOME at the Science Festival

April 19th 2018  Sunčica Bosak held a lecture titled “Microbiome of sea turtles” as a part of the Science Festival at the Technical Museum in Zagreb. She presented the latest findings in the field of human microbiome research, holobiont concept and other interesting topics related to microbiome research in the world. Also, the planned exploration of the Adriatic Sea is presented within the TurtleBIOME project.

The summary is available at the following link.

TurtleBIOME on the Prometheus

April 19, 2018 doc. Sunčica Bosak hosted HRT’s “Prometheus” show broadcasted at Croatian National Television (HRT) where her current and future scientific research work was briefly presented. 

The content of the show is available on the HRTi platform at the following link.

TurtleBIOME on the radio 

April 5, 2018 doc.dr.sc. Sunčica Bosak was hosted on Radio Sljeme in the show “From the World of Science”, under the title: ”Caretta carreta; The world on the turtles’ back, but also the one inside it, will unravel a quest for an epizoic and endozoic microbiome of Loggerhead turtle!” where she presented our project.

The show is available for listening and downloading at this link.

TurtleBIOME project presented in Jutarnji list

Jutarnji List, daily newspapers,  has published an article written by Tanja Rudež about new and interesting science projects chosen by Croatian Science Fund (HRZZ) for sponsorship. In the HRZZ report, the TurtleBIOME project has been chosen as an exemplary project.

The article is found here: 


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Which bacteria live in turtles?

In recent years, a major hit in science has been the research of human microbiology, a community of all bacteria that live in our body. Doc. dr. Sunčica Bosak from Faculty of Science in Zagreb decided to explore the microbiome of the loggerhead turtle.

Sunčica Bosak, PhD (Photo: Marko Todorov / CROPIX)

– The loggerhead turtle is the largest species of turtles in the Mediterranean. The Adriatic Sea is an important area for feeding and wintering of this Mediterranean population – explained Dr.  Sunčica Bosak, stressing that the health of the loggerhead turtles, which live up to 80 years, is often endangered due to plastic waste, pollutants and as incidental fishing catch.


Presentation of the HRZZ projects at HAZU

In the Library of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU), on Monday, March 12, 2018, projects funded by the Croatian Foundation for Science (HRZZ) under the program “Establishing Research Projects” were presented.

Invited by the funders HRZZ, Sunčica Bosak, project leader presented the project “Microbiome of Loggerhead turtle Caretta carretta: Insight into epizoic and endozoic community.”

Presentation pdf and description of lectures are available on the Foundation’s web site.

The lecture video is available on the HRZZ YouTube channel (in Croatian; 21:00 – 38:00).


Microbiome of mediterranean loggerhead turtle – BIOM public lecture

June 21 2018. Sunčica Bosak held a public presentation of the TurtleBIOME project as a part of a lecture series organised by association BIOM at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb. The Youtube presentation is found here: https://youtu.be/7ymShCE2bB8