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…


IPA Project FARMADDINC study published „New farming models in backyards as possible solutions for generating additional income and self-employment in the rural cross-border area“

STUDY FARMADDINC 2013 tmbAs a result of the international project FARMADDINC („New farming models in backyards as possible solutions for generating additional income and self-employment in the rural cross-border area“ HUSRB/1203/213/122) the project study has been published in Serbian and English. The project was co-financed by the European Union within IPA Cross-Border Co-operation Programme Hungary-Serbia. Project participants were Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops (Novi Sad, Serbia) and College Kecskeméti (Kecskeméti, Hungary). The main goal of this project was helping the unemployed who live on the farms in cross-border rural areas to improve their farming, become more productive and profitable.

The territory on both sides of the border is characterised by a large percent of the unemployed (region on the Serbian side: Vojvodina circa 24%, region on the Hungarian side: Dél-Alföld circa 10%), as well as those living off social security, majority of which are rural area residents. The most important focus group of this project is the unemployed population living in rural and semi-rural cross-border areas who own houses with gardens (area of 500 to 1000 m2 per household). read more…


Agricultural Congress of Balkans countries in Turkey

Agribalkan kongres 2014

Balkan agricultural congress (AgriBalkan) with more than 700 participants from all Balkan countries and quite a few participants from Asian and African continent was held in the period 08–10 September 2014 in Edirne, Turkey.

Dr. Vladimir Miklič held a lecture on the first day as a visiting lecturer. On that occasion, the Institute received a free stand to introduce its production assortment. The host of the stand, Aleksandar Vojisavljević, held many meetings with current and potential partners who showed a great interest in our production assortment, especially for cultivars and hybrids of sunflower, maize, forage crops and small grains. Balkan seed workshop was held on the last day of the Congress, and on that occasion development of the Balkan Seed Association was announced. read more…


Slovenian agriculture advisors visited Institute

Slovenački savetodavci u poseti Institutu

Delegation of 27 advisors for field, vegetable and forage crops from Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia, Farm Agriculture Service (FAS) visited Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops on 17 September 2014. FAS consists of 280 advisors from eight regions: Celje, Kranj, Ljubljana, Maribor, Murska Sobota, Nova Gorica, Novo Mesto and Ptuj. Dr. Janko Červenski – Head of Vegetable Department and Dr. Svetlana Balešević-Tubić – Assistant Director for Seed Production and Processing greeted guests and introduced them to Institute’s work and organisation. Lectures were held by Dr. Vojin Đukić, Research Associate on soybean cultivation practices, Dr. Đura Karagić, Head of Forage Crops Department and Seed Production Research Associate, and Dr. Mirjana Vasić, Principal Research Fellow on Plant Breeding in Vegetable Department. read more…



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