Specialist studies in proteomics and metabolomics at John Innes Centre, UK

Marina TomicicResearch assistant from the Institute`s Biotechnology Department Marina Tomičić visited John Innes Centre (JIC) in Norwich, UK between 2nd February and 27th May 2015 as a scholar of the British Scholarship Trust. She pursued specialist studies aimed at improving the profile of seed constituents in legumes for food and feed uses, supervised by Dr Claire Domoney, Head of Metabolic Biology Department. The visit included laboratory training at JIC and the Institute of Food Research (IFR), both being members of Norwich Research Park.

Marina was provided with advanced training in wide range of disciplines acquiring practical skills relevant to the study of legume seed quality (Direct Detect™ seed protein content quantification, seed starch content assay, quantitative and qualitative proteomic analysis read more…


Participation at the 16th EWAC-EUCARPIA Cereals Section International Conference

Foto 01Dr. Ankica Kondić Špika and MSc. Dragana Trkulja from Biotechnology Department of the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops participated at the 16th EWAC-EUCARPIA Cereals Section International Conference, held in Lublin, Poland on 24-29 May 2015. The conference was organized by two renowned international organizations: EWAC – The European Cereals Genetics Co-operative and EUCARPIA Cereals Section.

Forty-eight participants from 12 European countries attended the Conference, as well as participants from Korea, Mexico and Morocco. The Conference was presided by Dr. Andreas Boerner and was organized in five sections covering different areas of research on wheat and other small grains: 1. EWAC – The story of successful cooperation, 2. Genetic Diversity vs. Plant Breeding, 3. Trait evaluation and genetic mapping, 4. Wheat initiative, and 5. Wide crosses, physiology and adaptation. read more…


PEASEMAKERS – Searching for wild pea

1203_husrb_slogan_en smallIn late May 2015 an expedition from the Forage Crops Department of the Institute travelled to the Monastery St. Prohor Pčinjski in southern Serbia to collect samples of wild pea (Pisum sativum subsp. elatius) within the framework of PEASEMAKERS project financed through IPA Cross-border Programme Hungary-Serbia. This wild pea species spreads over large areas of the Mediterranean region and Serbia is one of the most northern points of the region. Its populations are self-sustaining in Serbia, and seed from one year spreads freely and grows into plants the following year. read more…


Main event in celebration of the International Year of Soils 2015 organized by the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops

LOGO_IYS_2015 webUpon the initiative of Global Soil Partnership, the 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS), which is celebrated worldwide through multitude of events (http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/) aimed at raising the awareness of the importance of soils for the Earth, their multiple roles and the existing challenges for their sustainable use. For the first time, the soil is officially recognized as a non-renewable natural resource since its formation takes very long time, but is easily destroyed. Designating the soil as a non-renewable natural resource is a major shift in soil policy. read more…


Professor Gustavo Slafer from University of Lleida (Catalonia, Spain) visits Institute

NS SEME strna žita i biotehnologijaSmall Grains Department and Biotechnology Department participate in the large international FP7 project titled: “Genetics and physiology of wheat development to flowering: Tools to breed for improved adaptation and yield potential” (FP7-KBBE-2011-5, ADAPTAWHEAT). Our partner on the project Professor Gustavo Slafer from University of Lleida in Spain, internationally renowned and acknowledged expert in the field of developmental physiology, visited the Institute on 12 and 13 May 2015. One of the most important goals of this visit was agreement on future cooperation, both in international projects and other joint activities and research.

Our distinguished guest was introduced to the Institute’s main courses of research on small grains and biotechnology, and to junior researchers who presented their research activities and received valuable suggestions. Prof. Slafer held a lecture: Further improving yield through increases in fruiting efficiency in wheat, which was followed by an extensive discussion on the applicability of his research to other plant species, past experiences and future directions of his and our research, and possibilities of training our young researchers in the laboratories of Prof. Slafer. read more…


IV Meeting of FP7 Project “TESTA” Participants

Testa FP7 logoFourth meeting of FP7 project “Testa” participants was held at the Small Grains Department (Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops, Novi Sad) on March 31, 2015. Dr. Emilio Stéfani from Italy (University of Modena & Reggio Emilia – UNIMORE) discussed the experiment results within work package 1 (WP1: Seed transmission of plant pathogen) with participants from the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops – Dr. Radivoje Jevtić, Dr. Maja Ignjatov, Dr. Vesna Župunski and Dr. Slađana Medić Pap. The data obtained in Italy and Serbia were compared, and improvement of the methods was emphasized. The results from 2014 and the phase report were also discussed.

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Meeting of bilateral project DIVERZEATY participants

Sastanak ucesnika bilateralnog projekta DIVERZEATYA meeting within bilateral programme “Pavle Savić”, and project “Approaches to agronomic evaluation and molecular characterisation of local maize germplasm for the benefit of hybrid era” (DIVERZEATY) between the Republic of Serbia and the French Republic was held on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops. The project holders are the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops and the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA). On that occasion, Dr. Brigitte Gouesnard and Dr. Anne Zanetto from Montpellier visited the Institute.

Thereupon, a meeting on expanding cooperation between the two institutes was held at Maize Department. The subject of the meeting was focused in the field of breeding, genetic resources and biotechnology of maize, as well as on preparations for a joint participation in future projects of the European Union. read more…


WISP Course and KASP Genotyping Training at John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

mr Dragana TrkuljaMSc Dragana Trkulja from Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops visited John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK between 16 and 29 November 2014. She took a course on wheat genetics WISP (Wheat Improvement Strategic Programme), and was trained for KASP (Kompetitive Allele Specific PCR) genotyping assays using SNP (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism) markers. The course and the training were a part of the planned activities within FP7 project titled “Genetics and physiology of wheat development to flowering: Tools to bread for improved adaptation and yield potential” (ADAPTAWHEAT).

Besides MSc Trkulja, there were twelve other participants at WISP course, mostly from the UK, and one from Germany and one from Norway. read more…


Presentation of the Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Prezentacija JRC 2014 1Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission gave presentation on its “Support to the Enlargement” on 9 December 2014 in the Amphitheatre of the Central building of the University of Novi Sad. JRC provides scientific and technological support for the European Union enlargement and integration process. This one-day seminar was organized by JRC, Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and the University of Novi Sad. The main goal of the presentation was an overview of JRC activities and research resources and capacities of the University of Novi Sad.

Assistant Minister, Prof. Dr. Viktor Nedović, spoke about activities and cooperation between JRC and the Ministry’s Sector for European integrations and projects. Luciana Zanier explained JRC enlargement support and cooperation with Serbia, while Francesco Scaffidi conveyed opportunities for researchers, recruitment and trainings at JRC. read more…


Participation in COST Action FA1306

COST FA1306COST Action FA1306 titled: “The quest for tolerant varieties – Phenotyping at plant and cellular level”, officially stated on 22 May 2014. Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops was invited to participate in the project by our long-term collaborator Prof. Dr. Imre Vass from the Biological Research Centre (BRC) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Project leader Prof. Dr. Sebastien Carpentier from the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering KU Leuven (Belgium) fully supported our participation which became official on 26 September 2014.

COST Action FA1306 deals with plant tolerance to stress on all levels – from cellular to the whole plant. This project will create a network of European researchers from the fields of phenotyping, physiology and various -omics technologies, aiming at (re)discovering tolerant cultivars and general better understanding of tolerance as a phenomenon. Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops is joined by Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade on this task. read more…



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