PhD in Agricultural sciences
Address: Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade
My research is focused on the nutrient acquisition and utilization processes in plants under stressful environment, and on the metabolic functions of mineral elements in stress tolerance, particularly on the mechanisms through which silicon modulates acquisition, transport and utilization of nutrients in crops. My team was the first one to demonstrate that silicon promotes root acquisition and uptake of iron and phosphorus under conditions of their low availability by up-regulating expression of key genes involved in these processes. Ongoing research is to understand the mode of silicon action in improving nutrient use efficiency in crops, and more general to discover its signaling role in plant stress physiology. Practically, these studies may suggest the way to develop novel fertilization strategies for sustainable crop production in stress conditions.
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