Project description

AREA project specific objectives

AREA strategic objectives lead to the establishment of the following specific objectives:

1. Enhancement of expertise, introduction of new skills and innovation in competitive research areas for existing young and experienced researchers through two-way training mobilities and exchange of know-how between FA and leading EU laboratories.

2. Increasing the impact of interaction between AREA teams and scientific and non-scientific, ERA and regional, stake-holders by exchanging and disseminating knowledge and information through conferences, workshops and other promotional activities.

3. Expanding sustainable research capacity and productivity of AREA teams through recruitment of experienced researchers.

4. Maximizing opportunities to carry out competitive, cutting-edge research by upgrading existing and acquiring new, state-of-the-art research equipment

5. Preparing a Strategic Intellectual Property and Innovation (IPI) Capacity Building Plan, which will: a) include measures and activities to protect IPI, as well as commercially exploit the innovative results achieved not only through the AREA project, but also through the Faculty’s other market-oriented research activities; b) support the activities of an administrative body responsible for resolving IPI issues (UIPTT), as well as IPI aspects of the Faculty’s “Technology Transfer Centre & Incubator“.

Stated objectives is implicitly point out the need for the AREA teams, and the FA in general, to actively participate in FP7, as well as future EC Framework Programmes, in order to effectively contribute to the ERA.  Introduction of an IPI concept and awareness programme and AREA technological and market portfolio will allow commercialization and sustainability of new expertise gained by the AREA teams. Technology transfer and commercialization of the Faculty’s research capacities in the area of agriculture and agro-industry will also contribute to sustainable regional and social development in Serbia.

AREA groups  and team leaders

1. Plant stress physiology group, 
Prof Radmila Stikić (rstikic@agrif.bg.ac.rs)

2. Functional crop anatomy group, 
Prof Sofija Pekić Quarrie (pekic@agrif.bg.ac.rs)

3. Biodiversity research group,
Prof Zora Dajić Stevanović (dajic@agrif.bg.ac.rs)

4. Fruit breeding group,
Prof Dragan Nikolić (nikolicd@agrif.bg.ac.rs)

5. Weed Science Group,
Prof Sava Vrbničanin (sava@agrif.bg.ac.rs)

6. Carp aquaculture group,
Prof Zoran Marković (zoranmm@agrif.bg.ac.rs)

7. Microbial ecology group,
Prof Vera Raičević (verar@agrif.bg.ac.rs)

8. Phytobacteriology group,
Prof Aleksa Obradović (aleksao@agrif.bg.ac.rs)

9. Plant virus and fungus molecular diagnostics group,
Prof Branka Krstić (branka.krstic@agrif.bg.ac.rs)

10. Food biochemistry group,
Prof Biljana Vucelić-Radović (bvucelic@agrif.bg.ac.rs)

11. Food biotechnology group
Prof Miomir Nikšić (mniksic@agrif.bg.ac.rs)

12. Food technology group,
Prof Predrag Puđa (pudja@agrif.bg.ac.rs)

13. Immobilization (encapsulation) biotechnology group,
Prof Viktor Nedović (vnedovic@agrif.bg.ac.rs)

14. Intellectual property and innovation group,
Bogdan Mladenović, Dipl.Iur. (bogdan@agrif.bg.ac.rs)

Training EU institutions

  1. Institute of Agronomic Research, Avignon, France
  2. Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Jena, Germany
  3. School of Agriculture, Policy and Development and School of Biological Sciencess, University of Reading, UK
  4. Helmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Center for Environmental Health (GmbH), Research Unit Microbe-Plant Interactions, Working Group: Molecular Microbial Ecology, Germany
  5. Department of Laboratory Methods and Diagnostics, Dutch General Inspection Service, The Netherlands;
  6. Department of Biology and Plant Pathology, Faculty of Scences and Biotechnology, University of Bari, Italy
  7. Nofima Marin Institute, Aas, Norway
  8. Department of Life Sciences, University of Parma, Italy;
  9. Technology Transfer Office, University of Zagreb, Croatia

In collaboration with EU training institutions, the new and improved expertise in DNA-based technologies will be achieved in:

  • Characterization of genes responsible for crop stress responses and response to herbicides
  • Molecular taxonomy of plants
  • Microbial pathogenic populations analyses
  • DNA-based GMOs and food tracing
  • Marker-assisted selection in fish and fruit breeding
  • Genetic diversity of zooplankton and zoobenthos
  • Molecular characterization of lactic acid bacteria.

The acquired Raman micro/spectroscopy expertise will be focused on:

  • Chemical analyses and localization of various compounds in plants and plant products
  • Microbes
  • Fish meat
  • Food constituents
  • Practical application in recent food technology methods, such as encapsulation

Staff research trainings and workships raising awareness regarding IPI will also be organized.

AREA project impacts

  • Upgraded RTD capacity, as well as capability and quality of research
  • Improved integration in the European Research Area, as well as increased participation in FP projects
  • Enhanced research capacity for effective contribution to regional development
  • Improved FA innovation potential
  • Further commercial exploitation of IPR-protected AREA results and FA products

Members of AREA project Steering Committee

Steering Committee is an advisory body whose role is to aid the Faculty of Agriculture staff in successfully managing the AREA project and to facilitate the dissemination of the AREA project results. Steering Committee members are as follows:

1. Dr Nadia Bertin (nbertin@paca.inra.fr)
Institute of Agronomic Research, Avignon, France

2. Dr Petra Roesch  (petra.roesch@uni-jena.de)
Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Jena, Germany

3. Dr Tijana Blanusa (t.blanusa@reading.ac.uk)
Royal Horticultural Society / School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, Centre for Horticulture and Landscape, University of Reading, UK

4. Dr Matthew Ordidge  (m.ordidge@reading.ac.uk)
School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, UK

5. Dr Jaap Janse (JJanse@nak.nl)
Department of Laboratory Methods and Diagnostics, Dutch General Inspection Service, The Netherlands

6. Dr Tiziana Mascia (tiziana.mascia@uniba.it )
Department of Biology and Plant Pathology, Faculty of Scences and Biotechnology, University of Bari, Italy

7. Dr Marijana Todorčević (marijana.todorcevic@nofima.no)
Nofima Marin Institute, Aas, Norway
Current adress: marijana.todorcevic@ocdem.ox.ac.uk

8. Prof Elena Maestri  (elena.maestri@unipr.it)
Department of Life Sciences, University of Parma, Italy

9. Dr Vlatka Petrović (vpetrov@unizg.hr)
Technology Transfer Office, University of Zagreb, Croatia

10. Željka Dukić (zeljka.dukic@mpn.gov.rs)
Ministry for Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, NCP Food, Agro/Biotech, Health

11. Radomir Spasojevic, SME representative
Mlekara Spasojevic, Bajina Bašta, Serbia  (www.mlekaraspasojevic.com)

12. Krum Anastasov, SME representative
Ribnjak Kapetanski Rit, Kanjiža, Serbia

EU officers of the AREA project

Project legal officer: Annamaria Zonno (Annamaria.ZONNO@ec.europa.eu)

Project officer:  Adriana Ocovanova (Adriana.OCOVANOVA@ec.europa.eu)