Scientific and professional event “Sustainable soil use”

Međunarodna godina zemljištaRegarding the International Year of Soils 2015, Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops held scientific and professional event “Sustainable soil use” at Rimski Šančevi on 10 September 2015.

The event gathered representatives of all institutions involved in research, management and use of soil resources in the Republic of Serbia, as well as international organisations. The Republic of Serbia gave official support to the initiative of the UN to declare 2015 the International Year of Soils, and to mark it by numerous events worldwide in order to raise awareness about profound importance of soil for our planet, its multiple roles, and current challenges for its sustainable use. read more…


1Basic information about the trial

Continual stationary trial on four fields was set up back in 1965/66 on trial fields of the Institute for Agricultural Research in Novi Sad, which is today’s Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops in Rimski Šančevi. It is called a stationary trial, as well as a physiological trial, due to its long duration. It was set up by our recognized plant physiologist Prof. Dr. Miloje Sarić and Dr. Branislav Jocić, who gave enormous contribution to the development and promotion of agricultural science in the former Yugoslavia and Serbia.

The trial was set up in crop rotation with four plant species (4 fields), the most typical for field crop production of Vojvodina: sugar beet, maize, sunflower and wheat. Alfalfa was previously grown for three years on the same plot. read more…

Successful audit in Laboratory for soil and agroecology

Sertifikat o akreditaciji (2014-2018)Laboratory for soil and agroecology was successfully audited on 16 July 2015 by the Accreditation body of Serbia (ATS) according to the standard SRPS/IEC 17025:2006. ATS was assured of the Laboratory quality system through documentation inspection and monitoring testing methods from the accreditation scope, relating to testing samples of soils, pesticides and fertilizers.

Laboratory’s accreditation scope includes testing soils, groundwater and surface water and aqueous soil extracts, pesticides, plant material, fertilizers and tobacco.

Successful audit confirms that the Laboratory for soil and Agroecology meets the prescribed requirements for accreditation, and is competent to perform tests from its accreditation scope, which contributes to the reliability and objectivity of results. Laboratory was first accredited in 2001.

Institute receives certificate of merit by the scholarship Fund at the University of Novi Sad

Dodela nagrada FondaWithin the ceremony of celebrating University of Novi Sad Day on 29 June 2015, Fund for scholarships and encouraging advancement of gifted students and young scientists and artists at the University of Novi Sad acknowledged its donors and receivers of scholarship by awarding them certificates of merit. The Fund for scholarships at the University of Novi Sad was founded in 1992, and has awarded total of 992 scholarships so far. In the academic year of 2014-2015 there were 58 recipients of the Fund scholarship.

Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops became a member of the Fund when it was founded. Apart from all the faculties within the University of Novi Sad, Institute has provided financial aids for the benefit of students through the Fund for the previous two academic years. The certificate of merit was received by Dr. Ana Marjanović Jeromela on behalf of the Institute.

Sixth successful reaccreditation of the Laboratory for seed testing

lis_fotoLaboratory for seed testing was reaccredited on audit from 28 and 29 May 2015 according to International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) quality standards. ISTA is an independent and objective international organization that aims at developing and publishing standard procedures for seed testing. There are 207 member laboratories in 76 countries, and only half of those laboratories are ISTA accredited.

Laboratory became member of ISTA when Institute was established in 1938. It is reaccredited every three years since 2000, making this reaccreditation sixth in a row. It confirms that the Laboratory is competent for certain tests at the international level and assures our customers that our tests and services are accurate, reliable and objective.

Laboratory for seed testing performs the following seed quality analyses: seed purity, germination, moisture content, seed health, GM testing, identification of cultivars and hybrids of various plant species.

Institute’s QMS and EMS recertified

Politika kvaliteta smallInstitute of Field and Vegetable Crops Novi Sad has established QMS and EMS that comply with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 standards.

Quality management system was implemented in 2001, and two years later we started complying with the requirements of Environmental management standard. British Standards Institution (BSI) certified Institute’s systems from 2001 to 2015.

In 2015 our QMS and EMS were recertified by German certification provider TÜV SÜD.

These certificates, together with the goals stated in QMS and EMS policy, confirm Institute’s commitment to continual improvements in its business, product and service quality, health and safety of its employees, as well as preventing negative effects on the environment. read more…

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 ( 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…