Sunflower Department

About Department

The main activity of the Sunflower Department includes: breeding – creation of highly productive inbred lines and hybrids with a high content of oil in the seeds, tolerant to dominant diseases and pests; creation of highly productive inbred lines and hybrids with altered oil quality, with increased protein content and altered quality oils for human and animal nutrition; resistant to certain groups of herbicides; creation of decorative type genotypes. Research includes creation and maintenance of inbred lines, testing of hybrid combinations in multilocation experiments, resistance to biotic and abiotic stress, as well as the use of innovative methods that are primarily based on biotechnological achievements; protection from diseases and pests – testing of phytopathogenic fungi and beneficial and harmful entomofauna, research into biology, thresholds of harm, resistance, suppression, potential use in suppressing harmful species and in breeding and seed breeding; cultivation technology – research in the area of ​​the influence of different tillage systems and the development of new sustainable and ecologically acceptable sunflower cultivation systems; seed production – production and processing of seeds – production of quality seeds of parent lines and hybrid sunflower seeds, seed processing takes place according to the highest world standards, using modern techniques and technology, in order to ensure high seed quality and genetic purity.

The sunflower department has:

Department for oilseed rape, whose main activity is: breeding of oilseed rape and other, less cultivated oilseed plant species; maintaining the gene bank, creating highly productive hybrids of oilseed rape type “00”, with a high content of oil in the seeds, tolerant to dominant diseases and pests, extreme temperatures and drought. Creation of highly productive varieties of less cultivated oil species, tolerant to biotic and abiotic stress. Researching the possibility of using oil plant species for specific purposes; protection against diseases and pests – examinations of phytopathogenic fungi and beneficial and harmful entomofauna; agrotechnics – work on examining the impact of different cultivation systems on the most important quantitative and qualitative properties of rapeseed and less cultivated oil species; production and processing of seeds – the production of high-quality seeds of parent lines, varieties and hybrids of oilseed rape and other oil species is carried out using modern techniques and technology according to the highest international standards in order to ensure high seed quality and genetic purity.

Department for sugar beet, whose main activities are: activities on maintaining the genetic collection of sugar beet, research related to problems in the technology of growing sugar (cercospora, appearance of rubber and rotten beet, mineral nutrition); peeling the seeds of sugar beet, parsnip, sorghum, poppy, oilseed rape and other small-grained cultivated plant species.

Researchers

vladimir-miklic
brankica-babec

Dr. Brankica Babec

Research Associate, National Institute of the Republic of Serbia

igor-balalic

Dr. Igor Balalić

Advisor for Commercialization of Research Results

Daliborka Butaš, BSc

Technical Assistant, National Institute of the Republic of Serbia

nemanja-cuk

MSc Nemanja Ćuk

Research Assistant, National Institute of the Republic of Serbia

sandra-cvejic

Dr. Sandra Cvejić

Advisor for Science

bosko-dedic

Dr. Boško Dedić

Senior Research Associate, National Institute of the Republic of Serbia

nenad-dusanic

Dr. Nenad Dušanić

Advisor for Commercialization of Research Results

nada-grahovac

Dr. Nada Grahovac

Senior Research Associate, National Institute of the Republic of Serbia

sonja-gvozdenac

Dr. Sonja Gvozdenac

Senior Research Associate, National Institute of the Republic of Serbia

Nada_Hladni

Dr. Nada Hladni

Principal Research Fellow, National Institute of the Republic of Serbia

sinisa-jocic

Dr. Siniša Jocić

Genetics and Plant Breeding Advisor

Dr. Jelena Jocković

Research Assistant, National Institute of the Republic of Serbia

milan-jockovic

Dr. Milan Jocković

Senior Research Associate, National Institute of the Republic of Serbia

milos-krstic

MSc Miloš Krstić

Research Assistant, National Institute of the Republic of Serbia

velimir-radic

Dr. Velimir Radić

Advisor for Commercialization of Research Results

Dr. Jelena Ovuka

Group Coordinator

Section for oilseed rape

ana-marjanovic-jeromela

Prof. Dr. Ana Marjanović Jeromela

Assistant Director for Science

zeljko-milovac

Dr. Željko Milovac

Senior Research Associate, National Institute of the Republic of Serbia

petar-mitrovic

Dr. Petar Mitrović

Senior Research Associate, National Institute of the Republic of Serbia

dragana-rajkovic

Dr. Dragana Rajković

Research Associate, National Institute of the Republic of Serbia

Section for sugar beet

zivko-curcic

Dr. Živko Ćurčić

Head of Section

ivana-bajic

MSc Ivana Bajić

Research Assistant, National Institute of the Republic of Serbia

MSc Olivera Popov

Research Trainee, National Institute of the Republic of Serbia