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Researcher Scientific degree Research interests References
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Dr. Violeta Anđelković, geneticist

E-mail:avioleta@mrizp.rs

senior scientific associat 1. Maize genebank collection (characterization and evaluation of maize genetic resources; passport documenatiton in accordance with Multi-Crop descriptors; analysis of diversity in collections) 2. Pre-breeding (core collection creation; phenotyping and field trials for traits of agronomic interest such as yield, grain quality, abiotic and biotic stress) 3. Drought tolerance improvement in maize(multidisciplinary study of genetic base and mechanism for complex traits, such as drought (physiology, molecular biology, genetics and genomics)) Andjelkovic Violeta
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Dr. Vojka Babić,

geneticist

E-mail:vbabic@mrizp.rs

scientific associate 1. Genotype x environment interaction in maize varietal trials (carrying out and analysing of multilocation varietal trials; application of multivariate statistical models (AMMI, cluster analysis, PCA analysis) in analysing interaction effects of multilocation trials with the aim of more precise estimation and selection of superior genotypes, defining target environments and rationalisation of the number of test locations) 2. Phenotypic characterisation of maize genotypes according to the UPOV descriptors(phenotypic characterisation of elite material according to the UPOV descriptors, application of multivariate methods for screening and classification of inbreds) 3. Characterisation and evaluation of Maize Research Institute Gene Bank accessions, in order to include them into elite breeding materials (conservation of the existing accession collection in the MRIZP Gene Bank, characterisation and evaluation of accessions, numerical classification, studying of diversity, identification and selection of genotypes that can be used as the initial material for the introduction of traits of agronomic importance into elite breeding material) Babic Vojka
3. Dr. Sofija Božinović, maize breederE-mail:sbozinovic@mrizp.rs scientific associate 1. Maize breeding and genetics (breeding maize hybrids of standard quality and white maize hybrids, male sterility in maize, conversion of inbred lines to red and blue kernel and resistance to broad spectrum herbicides, dihaploids in maize and identification of desirable genotypes in maize gene bank) Bozinovic Sofija
4. Milan Brankov, B.Sc., weed scientistE-mail:mbrankov@mrizp.rs research associate 1. Plant protection (safe use of herbicides in seed and hybrid maize crops, mutual application of herbicides and foliar fertilisers in maize inbreds, cycloxydim tolerant maize) Brankov Milan
5. Dr. Zoran Čamdžija, maize breederE-mail:zcamdzija@mrizp.rs scientific associate 1. Development of hybrids of high yielding potential and good stability of early FAO 100-400 maturity groups for diverse growing conditions(development of maize populations with improved agronomic traits for selection of maize inbred lines with good combining abilities; testing of combining abilities of inbred lines; development and testing of hybrid combinations in field micro-trials; implementation of molecular markers in maize breeding programmes) Camdzija Zoran
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Miloš Crevar, B.Sc.,

seed production manager

E-mail:mcrevar@mrizp.rs

research associate 1. Implementation of combined cytoplasmic male sterility and xenia effect in maize seed production 2. Organisation of maize and soya bean seed production 3. Super control of seed production 4. Organisation of harvesting, seed drying and processing 5. Placing orders for seed processing 6. Monitoring quality of seed drying and processing Crevar Milos
7. Dr. Nenad Delić, maize breederE-mail:ndelic@mrizp.rs senior scientific associat 1. Development of hybrids of high yielding potential and good stability of early FAO 400-700 maturity range for diverse growing conditions(development of maize populations with improved agronomic traits for selection of maize; inbred lines with good combining abilities; estimation of G x E interaction; breeding of value added maize; development and testing of hybrid combinations in field micro-trials) Delic Nenad
8. Dr. Dejan Dodig, small grain cereals breederE-mail:ddodig@mrizp.rs scientific advisor 1. Genetics and Breeding of Small Grain Cereals:development of new wheat and other small grains varieties that produce stable and increased yields, have good quality and better resist environmental and disease stresses through conventional and molecular technologies. Dejan Dodig
9. Dr. Vesna Dragičević, agrologistE-mail:vdragicevic@mrizp.rs senior scientific associat 1. Cropping practices (Sustainable and organic crop production; Integrated crop management; Defining the optimal conditions for crop growth and development; Application of fertilizers and other agro-chemicals; Application of different cropping measures to increase crop productivity; Bio-fortification with different fertilizers 2. Agro-chemistry (Determining the soil quality and fertility; Maintaining/increasing of the soil fertility with different cropping practices; Defining the optimal fertilization level according with soil quality and crop requirements, with special attention given to nitrogen application; Different methods of fertilizer application and plant reaction) 3. Plant physiology (Measuring of the plant reaction to different cropping practices; Plant reaction to stress and application of different agro-chemicals based on the change of antioxidants; Increase of plant tolerance to different environmental factors with different cropping practices, with special attention given to mineral nutrition) 4. Plant biochemistry (Changes in plant chemical composition as reaction to application of different agro-chemical with aim to increase growth, yielding potential and nutritional quality of produced grain; Screening and alterations of different antioxidants and thermodynamic factors during the plant growth and development) 5. Maize breeding for specific purposes (Different material screening – maize, soybean and small grain genotypes, for grain composition and defining the different grain purpose; Inheritance of variations in different grain components and breeding for increased grain quality, like low phytatt, grains with increased content of antioxidants etc.) 6. Seed physiology (Screening the alterations in seed chemical composition and thermodynamic factors and their correlation with vigor; Application of different methods for vigor increase, particularly for seeds with low viability) Dragicevic Vesna
10. Dr. Milomir Filipović, maize breeder,E-mail:mfilipovic@mrizp.rs senior scientific associat 1. Development of early and medium early inbred lines and hybrids tolerant to drought and high temperatures (selection of maize inbred lines of good agronomic traits per se; testing of combining ability of inbred lines; development and testing of hybrid combinations in field micro-trials) Filipovic Milomir
11. Dr. Snežana Gošić-Dondo, entomologist,E-mail:sgosic@mrizp.rs scientific associate 1. Maize pests (Monitoring and biology of new invasive and existing species of insect pests in maize, changes in a population density and the interaction between pests and maize plant its pathology, soil types and microclimatic condition). 2. Maize Genetics and Breeding for Pests Resistance (development of tolerant genotype, responses of host plants to stress caused by pests feeding, breeding of maize for leaf, stalk and rot pest resistance). 3. Pest population management from many aspects (application of pesticides, biological control of the economically most important maize pests, the application of bioproducts of strategic importance for organic production and ecology). Gosic-Dondo Snezana
12. Dr. Nikola Grčić, maize breeder, E-mail:ngrcic@mrizp.rs scientific associate 1. Selection of maize inbred lines with good agronomical traits and combining abilities as components of high performance maize hybrids. 2. Testing of experimental hybrids and analysis of their performances in field micro-trials. 3. Implementation of molecular markers methods in maize breeding programmes. Grcic Nikola
13. Dr. Dragana Ignjatović-Micić, molecular geneticistE-mail:idragana@mrizp.rs scientific advisor 1. Molecular genetics and biochemical basis of Quality Protein Maize (QPM). Research on development of QPM (high tryptophan/lysine genotypes with good agronomic performances) hybrids adapted to temperate climate and improvement of commercial maize lines through Marker Assisted Backcrossing (MAB) using specific opaque2 primers and SSR markers, combined with protein and tryptophan contents determination. Also, determination of tryptophan content in terms of nutritional quality of maize, wheat and soybean. 2. Molecular marker analyses for genetic dissection of drought tolerance, genetic diversity assessment and identification of beneficial traits among maize genebank germplasm. Identification of QTLs and SNP mutations involved in drought stress tolerance. Genetic diversity studies of landraces from MRI genebank using morphological, RAPDs and SSRs. Identification of CMS types within maize accessions with specific primers for S, C and T cytoplasm. Biochemical and/or molecular identification of accessions with good grain quality (protein, oil and starch), high essential amino-acid (tryptophan/lysine) content and beneficial fatty acid composition. Also, identification of high tryptophan accessions with opaque2 mutations, using specific opaque2 primers. Ignjatovic-Micic Dragana
14. Dr. Marijana Janković, food technologist E-mail:mjankovic@mrizp.rs scientific associate 1. Cereals and legumes chemistry and food processing with a focus on food quality. 2. Proteins (analysis of the composition, structure and technological-functional properties of proteins). 3. Rheology of dough (characterization of rheological properties of dough by farinograph, extensograph and viscograph; Evaluation of the chemical composition influence on rheological dough properties) 4. Bioactive compounds (antioxidants; phenolic compounds; carotenoids – analysis of contents and bioavailability). Jankovic Marijana
15. Dr. Života Jovanović, agronomistE-mail:zjovanovic@mrizp.rs senior scientific associat 1. Maize cultivation under different agroecological conditions of Serbia with the application of the system of cropping practices(crop rotation, tillage, fertilising, sowing, cultivation measures, harvest) 2. Performance of different trials (production and demonstration) in Vojvodina and central Serbia Jovanovic Zivota
16. Dr. Vesna Kandić, small grain cereals breeder E-mail:vkandic@mrizp.rs scientific associate 1. Genetics and Breeding of Small Grain Cereals:development of new wheat and other small grains varieties that produce stable and increased yields, have good quality and better resist environmental and disease stresses through conventional and molecular technologies. technologies. Kandic Vesna
17. Dr. Marija Kostadinović, biologistE-mail:kmarija@mrizp.rs scientific associate 1. Protein quality improvement of maize lines using marker assisted selection (MAS for the opaque2 allele with the o2 gene specific SSR markers, phenotypic selection for kernel modification, tryptophan concentration and improved agronomic characters) 2. Biochemical characterization of the quality of maize and small grain cereals (selection and preparation of the representative samples, colorimetric reaction, calculation of tryptophan percentage, statistical analysis) 3. Genetic characterization and evaluation of maize hybrids, lines and populations using molecular markers (preparation of samples, DNA extraction and quantification, PCR, agarose and polyacrylamide electrophoresis, statistical analysis) Kostadinovic Marija
18. Dr. Dragan Kovačević, molecular geneticist E-mail:dkovacevic@mrizp.rs senior scientific associat 1. Molecular analysis for genetic diversity studies of maize, soybean and some conifers 2. Molecular marker-based studies of heterosis in breeding maize for higher yields 3. Indirect selection for some qualitative traits of soybean 4. Thylakoid membrane formation in barley seedlings Kovacevic Dragan
19. Dr. Natalija Kravić, biologist E-mail:nkravic@mrizp.rs scientific associate 1. Phenotypic characterisation of Maize Research Institute gene bank accessions according to CIMMYT/IBPGRI descriptors for maize 2. Studying the antioxidative systems of defence to abiotic stress 3. Screening of MRI Gene Bank germplasm collection for identification and selection new sources of desirable traits by participating in prebreeding programs for drought tolerance and grain quality of maize Kravic Natalija
20. Dr. Jelena Lević, phytopathologistE-mail:jlevic@mrizp.rs scientific advisor 1. Maize Diseases (Monitoring of economic and quarantine maize diseases; Influence of maize leaf diseases on grain yield; Distribution and frequency of root, stalk and ear rot diseases; Pathogenicity of leaf, stalk and ear rot pathogens; Pathogenicity of some fungi to maize seedlings; Effects of fungicides on seed protection against maize pathogens; Effects of virus stress on grain yield; Etiology of virus disease; Etiology of bacterial disease). 2. Maize and Small Grain Pathogens (Identification of maize leaf pathogens; Identification of maize root, stalk and ear rot pathogens; Identification of seed-borne pathogens with emphasis on Fusarium species; Pathogens of weeds distributed into maize crop) 3. Maize Genetics and Breeding for Disease Resistance (Expression of leaf disease resistance; Screening for sources of resistance to leaf disease; Inheritance of maize resistance to fungi causing leaf disease; Inheritance of maize resistance to virus; Development of resistance maize genotypes to leaf pathogens; Breeding of maize for stalk and ear rot resistance). 4. Pathogen Biology and Genetics (Morphogenesis of maize leaf, stalk and ear rot pathogens; Vegetative compatibility, Biological concept of Fusarium species identification; Molecular analyses and determination of fungal species) 5. Mycotoxin and Food Safety (Potentially toxignic species of maize and small cereals; Fusariotoxins distribution and frequency; Production of mycotoxin free food and feed). Levic Jelena
21. Dr. Ksenija Marković, seed geneticist E-mail:kmarkovic@mrizp.rs senior scientific associat 1. Seed testing, maize genetic purity and variety testing 2. Quality assurance in seed testing laboratory(SRPS ISO/IEC 17025 and ISTA accreditation standards management in Maize Research Institute Seed testing laboratory) 3. Genetics and breeding from the aspect of physiology and molecular biology of maize(drought tolerance, maize grain quality) Markovic Ksenija
22. Dr. Snežana Mladenović Drinić, molecular geneticistE-mail:msnezana@mrizp.rs scientific advisor 1. Application of molecular genetics in plant breeding (maize, soya bean and wheat): molecular characterization of maize, soybean genotypes; application of molecular techniques to increase the effectivness of breeding programmes especially for vallue add traits as high content of macro and micronutritiens, low phytine content, bioetanol production; bioethics. Mladenovic Drnic Snezana
23. Dr. Marija Milašinović-Šeremešić, food technologist scientific associate 1. Maize chemistry and technology (chemical and functional properties of carbohydrates; starch structure and functionality; resistant starch; grain quality; value-added processing and utilisation of cereals and legumes, especially maize and soya bean; bioethanol production; development of maize-based products; specialty maize for food and feed, quality of maize hybrids for silage production). Milasinovic Marija
24. Dr. Ana Nikolić, molecular geneticistE-mail:anikolic@mrizp.rs scientific associate 1. Application of molecular genetics in plant breeding (maize, soybean and wheat): studying drought tolerance in maize using molecular markers, assessment of genetic diversity in maize inbred lines and hybrids and in soybean cultivars, identification of pathogens in maize and wheat, studying genetic diversity of local populations, screening Maize Research Institute Gene Bank germplasm collection to identify new sources of desirable traits, participation in programs for maize double haploid development and in programs for studying Plus hybrid effect. Nikolić Ana
25. Anika Nišavić, B. Sc., pre-basic-breeder׳s seedE-mail:anisavic@mrizp.rs senior referent 1. Breeder׳s seed multiplication in a tehnical isolation by the “ear-to-row” method 2. Description and characterisation of commercial maize inbreds Nisavic Anika
26. Dr. Jovan Pavlov, maize breederE-mail:jpavlov@mrizp.rs scientific associate 1. Development of hybrids of high yielding potential and good stability of all FAO maturity groups for diverse growing conditions (selection of maize inbred lines of good agronomic traits per se; testing of combining ability of inbred lines; development and testing of hybrid combinations in field micro-trials; implementation of molecular markers in maize breeding programmes) Pavlov Jovan
27. Dr. Vesna Perić, soya bean breederE-mail:vperic@mrizp.rs scientific associate 1. Breeding of soya bean cultivars with standard grain type (high yielding, tolerant to major diseases and resistance to unfavorable biotic and non-biotic factors) 2. Breeding of soya bean cultivars with specific traits (reduced content of antinutritional factors in mature grain) 3. Maintaining soya bean collection consisted of local and introduced genotypes (genetic, phenotypic and biochemical characterisation of accessions from collection) 4. Application of SSR molecular markers for estimating genetic diversity in parental selection 5. Intercropping soya bean with annual legumes Perić Vesna
28. Dr.Milica Radosavljević, food technologist E-mail:rmilica@mrizp.rs scientific advisor 1. Maize chemistry and technology (chemical and functional properties of carbohydrates; starch structure and functionality; resistant starch; grain quality; value-added processing and utilisation of cereals and legumes, especially maize and soya bean, bioethanol production; development of maize-based products; specialty maize for food and feed, quality of maize hybrids for silage production). Radosavljević Milica
29. Dr. Danijela Ristić, biologistE-mail:dristic@mrizp.rs scientific associate 1. Characterization and evaluation of genetic variability of maize landraces, inbred lines and hybrids using morphological traits, RAPDs and SSRs markers (preparation of samples, DNA extraction and quantification, PCR, agarose and polyacrylamide electrophoresis, statistical analysis in NTSYS and SPSS) 2. Identification and characterization of forest trees by RAPDs and SSRs markers (preparation of samples, DNA extraction and quantification, PCR, agarose and polyacrylamide electrophoresis, statistical analysis NTSYS) Ristić Danijela
30. Dr. Mile Sečanski, maize breederE-mail:msecanski@mrizp.rs scientific associate 1. Genetics and breeding of maize (studying of combining abilities of inbred lines, quantitative genetics, plant physiology) 2. Maintenance of genetic purity and multiplication of breeder’s, pre-basic and basic seed of ZP maize hybrids and soya bean cultivars(organisation, production and multiplication of pre-basic and basic seed, drying, processing, packing and storage of these categories of seed) 3. Improvement of seed quality Secanski Mile
31. Dr. Milena Simić, weed scientistE-mail:msimic@mrizp.rs scientific advisor 1. Weed biology and ecology (weed seed production, effects of crop rotation and soil tillage on weed seed bank richness, changes in weed community composition) 2. Crop-Weed interaction (inter- and intraspecies competition; competitive effects of crop density and crop arrangement, the genotype role in crop-weed interactions) 3. IWMS adoption and application in field crops production -conventional and alternative (weed control studies in field crops, mostly in maize and soybean; combined application of crop rotations, cover crops and intercrops, tillage systems and ploughing down of harvest residues i.e. conventional vs. conservation systems, the effects of the application of mineral fertilizers on soil properties, weed infestation and crop yield. Field trials encompass individual and combined experiments related to the herbicide application, control of available nitrogen forms across the profile depth and the grain nitrogen content depending on the application method of mineral fertilizers. 4. Testing of new herbicides efficiency and selectivity (the degree of efficiency, phytotoxic effects of herbicides in crops of maize hybrids and inbreeded lines, selectivity testing of new herbicides applied individually or in combination with foliar fertilisers) 5. Testing of herbicides resistance in maize weeds 6. Herbicide tolerant crops within IWMS (using of CTM production technology for toublesome, perennial weed control in maize) Simić Milena
32. Dr. Jelena Srdić, maize breederE-mail:jsrdic@mrizp.rs scientific associate 1. Maize breeding and genetics (sugary maize, popcorn and white maize breeding; grain quality and utilization; maize populations development and improvement and deriving of inbred lines of high combining ability) Srdic Jelena
33. Dr. Goran Stanković, maize breederE-mail:gstankovic@mrizp.rs scientific associate 1. Maize breeding and genetics (developing of maize inbred lines and hybrids maturity group FAO 300-700; hybrids for silage; developing of maize synthetic population; pedigree method; quality protein maize for temperate climate) Stankovic Goran
34. Dr. Slavica Stanković, phytopathologist E-mail:sstojkov@mrizp.rs scientific advisor 1. Mycology (morphology, fertility, pathogenicity and toxigenicity of parasitic and toxigenic fungal species in maize ecosystem; molecular analyses and determination of fungal species) 2. Mycotoxicology (quantitative and qualitative analyses of mycotoxins originated from cereal grain) 3. Phytopathology (maize leaf diseases and maize root, stalk and ear rots symptomatology; seed diseases; evaluation of maize genotypes resistance to leaf diseases (Exserohilum turcicum), and to stalk and ear rots (Fusarium spp.) 4. Food safety (production of mycotoxin free food and feed) Stankovic Slavica
35. Dr. Milan Stevanović, maize breederE-mail:mstevanovic@mrizp.rs scientific associate 1. Development of hybrids of high yielding potential and good stability of late maturity groups for diverse growing conditions (selection of maize inbred lines of good agronomic traits per se; testing of combining ability of inbred lines; development and testing of hybrid combinations in field micro-trials; implementation of molecular markers in maize breeding programmes; publishing scientific papers concerning maize breeding) Stevanovic Milan
36. Dr. Goran N. Todorović, Director of Commercial Seed DepartmentE-mail:gtodorovic@mrizp.rs senior scientific associat 1. Maize breeding, seed production, medicinal plant breeding Todorovic Goran
37. Dr. Jelena Vančetović, geneticist and maize breeder E-mail:vjelena@mrizp.rs scientific advisor 1. Conventional and dihaploid maize breeding(creation of maize hybrids with high grain yield of wide stability and adaptation to different environments, tolerant to biotic and abiotic stresses). 2. Incorporation of desirable qualitative traits into commercial ZP maize inbred lines (a) Cytoplasmic male sterility programe (cms). cmsC and cmsS types are involved. b) Conversion of ZP commercial maize inbreds to white, red and blue kernel. The aim is deriving hybrids for human consumption – white kerneld, and hybrids with high level of antioxidants – red and blue kerneld. c) Cooperation with BASF company. The goal is incorporation of CTM – Cycloxydim Tolerant Maize mutation into commercial ZP maize inbreds and production of ZP Ultra hybrids. Those are tolerant to Focus ultra (BASF) grass weeds herbicide – cycloxydim is an active ingredient). 3. Identification of desirable genotypes from MRI maize gene bank (for various benefitial traits. Implementation of those genotypes into commercial maize breeding programes. So far, drought tolerance and grain quality have been of particular interest). Vancetovic Jelena
38. Dr. Slađana Žilić, food technologist E-mail:szilic@mrizp.rs scientific advisor 1. Cereals and Legumes Chemistry and Food Processing with a focus on food quality. 2. Bioactive Compounds (Naturally occurring or neo-formed; Antioxidants; Phenolic compounds; Proteins; Carotenoids – Analysis of the contents and bioavailability). 3. Chemical Reactions in Foods (Maillard reaction; Lipid oxidation; Enzymatic reaction – Analysis of the reaction products and reaction conditions). 4. Processing of Foods (Thermal Processes; Alkaline and Enzymatic Hydrolysis – Understanding chemical changes occurring in cereal and legume based foods during processing) Zilic Sladjana