University of Belgrade

Institute for
Multidisciplinary Research

Miroslav Nikolić

Dr Miroslav Nikolić

Research Professor

Department of Plant -Soil and Nano Systems (PN)

Phone: +381-11/3058-956


Curriculum vitae



1999: Doctorate in Agricultural Sciences (Plant Nutritional Physiology), University of Belgrade.

1995: M.Sc. in Plant Physiology, University of Belgrade.

1990: Graduate degree with honours in Agriculture (Viticulture major), University of Belgrade.


Work Experience

2018-present: Head of the Department of Plant Nutrition.

2007-present: Research Professor (tenured), Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.

2003-2007: Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.

2002: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of Udine (Italy).

1999-2001: Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Plant Nutrition, University of Hohenheim (Germany).

1991-1999: Research Assistant, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade.




• Erasmus Mundus professorship, International Master in Viticulture and Enology – VINTAGE (2008-2009).

• Serbian Ministry of Science and Technology research excellence award (the First Price in biology, 2004).

• DAAD (Germany) research fellowship, University of Hohenheim (visiting Ph.D. student, 1997-1998; alumni scientist, 2004).


Research Interests


• Nutrient acquisition and transport in plants.

• Micronutrient deficiency and metal toxicity in plants.

• Plant ionomics (nutriomics).

• Silicon in plant biology and agriculture.

• Mineral nutrition influence on biotic stress in plants.

• Rhizosphere, fertilization and soil reclamation.

• Environmental toxicology and monitoring.



• ”Plant Physiological Ecology”, Doctoral study in Forestry Sciences, Faculty of Forestry

• ”Rhizosphere Ecology”, Doctoral study in Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture

Other Professional Activities

• 2020-present: Associate Editor of Agronomy for Sustainable Development (Springer).

• 2018-present: Section Editor of Plant and Soil (Springer).

• 2018-present: Associate Editor of Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (Springer).

• 2018-present: Editorial Board member of Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering (China).

• 2017-2018: Associate Editor of Frontiers in Plant Science (Frontiers).

• 2017-present: Vice President of The International Society for Silicon in Agriculture (ISSAG).

• 2015-present: Appointed President of the Board of Institute for Plant Protection and Environment.


Representative publications



Liang Y., Nikolic M., Bélanger R., Gong H., Song A. (2015) Silicon in Agriculture. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands. ISBN: 978-94-017-9977-5. – ID=1101

International book chapters


Nikolic M., Pavlovic J. (2018). Plant responses to iron deficiency and toxicity and iron use efficiency in plants. In: Plant Micronutrient Use Efficiency: Molecular and Genomic Perspectives in Crop Plants, 1st Edition, A.M. Hossain et al. (Eds.), pp. 55-69. Academic Press, Elsevier, London. ISBN: 9780128121047. – ID=1503


Thellier M., Ripoll C., Norris V., Nikolic M., Römheld V. (2009) Solute uptake in plants: a flow/force interpretation. In: Progress in Botany, Vol. 70, U.E. Lüttge et al. (Eds.), pp. 53-68. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. ISBN: 978-3-540-68420-6 – ID=819


Römheld V., Nikolic M. (2007) Iron (Chapter 11). In: Handbook of Plant Nutrition, A.V. Barker and D.J. Pilbeam (Eds.), pp. 329-350. CRC Press : Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton. ISBN: 0824759044 – ID=816


Nikolic M., Römheld V. (2007) The dynamics of iron in the leaf apoplast. In: The Apoplast of Higher Plants: Compartment of Storage, Transport and Reactions, B. Sattelmacher and W.J. Horst (Eds.), pp. 353-371. Springer, Heidelberg. ISBN: 978-1-4020-5842-4 – ID=817


Weise H., Nikolic M., Römheld V. (2007) Silicon in plant nutrition. In: The Apoplast of Higher Plants: Compartment of Storage, Transport and Reactions, B. Sattelmacher and W.J. Horst (Eds.), pp. 33-47. Springer, Heidelberg. ISBN: 978-1-4020-5842-4 – ID=818

Peer-reviewed international journals


Tripathi D. K., Vishwakarma K., Singh V. P., Prakash V., Sharma S., Muneer S., Nikolic M., Deshmukh R., Vaculík M., Corpas F.J. (2021) Silicon crosstalk with reactive oxygen species, phytohormones and other signaling moleculs. Journal of Hazardous Materials 408: 124820. (Environmental Sciences 8/265, IF = 9.038, M21a) – ID=1632


Tan L., Fan X., Yan G. , Peng M., Zhang N., Ye M., Gao Z., Song A., Nikolic M., Liang Y. (2021). Sequestration potential of phytolith occluded carbon in China\’s paddy rice (Oryza sativa L.) systems. Science of the Total Environment, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.145696 (Environmental Sciences 22/265, IF = 6.551, M21a) – ID=1630


Stefanovic D., Nikolic N., Kostic L., Todic S., Nikolic M. (2021) Early leaf removal increases berry and wine phenolics in Cabernet Sauvignon grown in Eastern Serbia. Agronomy 11: 238. doi: 10.3390/agronomy11020238 (Agronomy 18/91, IF = 2.603, M21) – ID=1631


Mandlik R., Thakral V., Raturi G., Shinde S., Nikolic M., Tripathi D.K., Sonah H., Deshmukh R. (2020) Significance of silicon uptake, transport and deposition in plants. Journal of Experimental Botany, doi: 10.1093/jxb/eraa301 (Plant Sciences 14/234, IF = 5.908, M21a – ID=1621


Hajiboland R., Sadeghzadeh N., Bosnic D., Bosnic P., Tolrà R., Poschenrieder C., Nikolic M. (2020). Selenium activates components of iron acquisition machinery in oilseed rape roots. Plant and Soil 452: 569-586. (Soil Science 11/38, IF = 3.299, M21) – ID=1622


Nikolic D.B., Nesic S.B., Kostic L., Nikolic M., Samardzic J. (2019). Silicon alleviates iron deficiency in barley by enhancing expression of Strategy II genes and metal redistribution. Frontiers in Plant Science 10: 416. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.0041 (Plant Sciences 24/223, IF = 3.677, M21) – ID=1499


Bosnic D., Nikolic D., Timotijevic G., Pavlovic J., Vaculik M., Samardzic J., Nikolic M. (2019). Silicon alleviates copper (Cu) toxicity in cucumber by increased Cu-binding capacity. Plant and Soil, doi: 10.1007/s11104-019-04151-5 (Agronomy 7/87, IF = 3.306, M21a) – ID=1504


Bosnic D., Bosnic P., Nikolic D., Nikolic M., Samardzic J. (2019). Silicon and iron differently alleviate copper toxicity in cucumber leaves. Plants 8: 554. (Plant Sciences 59/228, IF = 2.632, M21) – ID=1539


Anicić Urošević M., Jovanović G., Stević N., Deljanin I., Nikolić M.,Tomašević M, Samson R. (2019). Leaves of common urban tree species (Aesculus hippocastanum, Acer platanoides, Betula pendula and Tilia cordata) as a measure of particle and particle-bound pollution: A four-year study. Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, doi: 10.1007/s11869-019-00724-6 (Environmental Sciences 122/250, IF = 2.297, M22). – ID=1522


Vega I., Nikolic M., Pontigo S., Godoy K., de la Luz Mora M., Cartes P. (2019). Silicon improves the production of high antioxidant- or structural-phenolic compounds in barley cultivars under aluminium stress. Agronomy 9: 388. doi:10.3390/agronomy9070388 (Agronomy 19/89, IF = 2.259, M21) – ID=1506


Bosnic P., Pavlicevic M., Nikolic N., Nikolic M. (2019). High monosilicic acid supply rapidly increases Na accumulation in maize roots by decreasing external Ca2+ activity. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 182: 210-216. (Agronomy 18/87, IF = 2.163, M21) – ID=1502


Nikolic N., Kostic L., Nikolic M. (2018). To dam, or not do dam? Abolishment of further flooding impedes the natural revegetation processes after long-term fluvial deposition of copper tailings. Land Degradation and Development, doi: 10.1002/ldr2921 (Soil Science 1/34, IF = 9.787, M21a) – ID=1441


Bosnic P., Bosnic D., Jasnic J., Nikolic M. (2018). Silicon mediates sodium transport and partitioning in maize under moderate salt stress. Environmental and Experimental Botany 155: 681-687. (Plant Sciences 25/222, IF = 3.666, M21) – ID=1484


Pontigo S., Ulloa M., Godoy K., Nikolic N., Nikolic M., de la Luz Mora M., Cartes P. (2018). Phosphorus efficiency modulates phenol metabolism in wheat genotypes. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 18: 904-920. (Soil Science 16/34, IF = 2.163, M22) – ID=1488


Ribera-Fonseca A., Rumpel C., de la Luz Mora M., Nikolic M., Cartes P. (2018). Sodium silicate and calcium silicate differentially affect silicon and aluminium uptake, antioxidant performance and phenolics metabolism of ryegrass in an acid Andisol. Crop and Pasture Science 69: 205-215. (Agriculture, Multidisciplinary 10/56, IF = 1.804, M21) – ID=1442


Savic J., Stevic N., Maksimovic V., Samardzic J., Nikolic D.B., Nikolic M. (2018). Root malate efflux and expression of TaALMT1 in Serbian winter wheat cultivars differing in Al tolerance. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, doi: 10.4067/S0718-95162018005000402 (Soil Science 18/34, IF = 1.348, M22) – ID=1443


Yan G., Nikolic M., Ye M., Xiao Z., Liang Y. (2018). Silicon acquisition and accumulation in plant and its significance for agriculture. Review. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, doi:10.1016/S2095-3119(18)62037-4 (Agriculture, Multidisciplinary 23/56, IF = 1.042, M22) – ID=1485


Kostic L., Nikolic N., Bosnic D., Samardzic J., Nikolic M. (2017). Silicon increases phosphorus (P) uptake by wheat under low P acid soil conditions. Plant and Soil, doi 10.1007s11104-017-3364-0 (Agronomy 11/83, IF=3.052, M21) – ID=1431


Deljanin I., Antanasijevic D., Bjelajaca A., Aničić Urošević M., Nikolic M., Perić-Grujic A., Ristic M. (2016): Chemometrics in biomonitoring: distribution and correlation of trace elements in tree leaves. Science of the Total Environment 545-546: 361-371, Environmental Sciences 18/223, IF=4.009 – ID=1159


Nikolic M., Nikolic N., Kostic L., Pavlovic J., Bosnic P., Stevic N., Savic J., Hristov N. (2016): The assessment of soil availability and wheat grain status of zinc and iron in Serbia: Implications for human nutrition. Science of the Total Environment 553: 141-148. Environmental Sciences 18/223, IF=4.009 – ID=1160


Pavlovic J., Samardzic J., Kostic L., Laursen K.H., Natic M., Timotijevic G., Schjoerring J.K., Nikolic M. (2016). Silicon enhances leaf remobilization of iron in cucumber under limited iron conditions. Annals of Botany 118, 271-280. (IF 3.982) – ID=1203


Stevic N., Korac J., Pavlovic J., Nikolic M. (2016). Binding of transition metals to monosilicic acid in aqueous and xylem (Cucumis sativus L.) solutions: A low-T electron paramagnetic resonance study. BioMetals, DOI: 10.1007/s10534-016-9966-9 (IF 2.134) – ID=1204


Žižić M,, Dučić T., Grolimund D., Bajuk-Bogdanović D., Nikolic M., Stanić M., Križak S., Zakrzewska J. (2015) X-ray absorption near-edge structure micro-spectroscopy study of vanadium speciation in Phycomyces blakesleeanus mycelium. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, DOI 10.1007/s00216-015-8916-7. IF 3.436 – ID=1103


Kostic L., Nikolic N., Samardzic J., Milisavljevic M., Maksimovic V., Cakmak D., Manojlovic D., Nikolic M. (2015) Liming of anthropogenically acidified soil promotes phosphorus acquisition in the rhizosphere of wheat. Biology and Fertility of Soils 51: 289-298. IF 3.396 – ID=1024


Pontigo S., Ribera A., Gianfreda L., de la Luz Mora M., Nikolic M., Cartes P. (2015) Silicon in vascular plants: uptake, transport and its influence on mineral stress under acidic conditions. Planta 242: 23-37. IF 3.263 – ID=1104


Nikolic N., Böcker R., Nikolic M. (2015) Long-term passive restoration following fluvial deposition of sulphidic copper tailings: nature filters out the solutions. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, DOI: 10.1007/s11356-015-5205-0. IF 2.828 – ID=1102


Nikolic N., Böcker R., Kostic-Kravljanac L., Nikolic M. (2014) Assembly processes under severe abiotic filtering: adaptation mechanisms of weed vegetation to the gradient of soil constraints. PLoS ONE 9: e114290. IF 3.534 – ID=1023


Dragisić Maksimović J.J., Živanović B.D., Maksimović V.M., Mojović M.D., Nikolić M.T., Vučinić Ž.B. (2014) Filter strip as a method of choice for apoplastic fluid extraction from maize roots. Plant Science 223: 49-58. Plant Sciences 35/197, 2.922 – ID=899


Bityutskii N., Pavlović J., Yakkonen K., Maksimović V., Nikolić M. (2014) Contrasting effect of silicon on iron, zinc and manganese status and accumulation of metal-mobilizing compounds in micronutrient-deficient cucumber. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 74: 205-211. Plant Sciences, 40/197, 2.775 – ID=896


Pavlovic J., Samardzic J., Masimović V., Timotijevic G., Stevic N., Laursen K.H., Hansen T.H., Husted S., Schjoerring J.K., Liang Y., Nikolic M. (2013) Silicon alleviates iron deficiency in cucumber by promoting mobilization of iron in the root apoplast. New Phytologist 198: 1096-1107. Plant Sciences 6/197, 6.736 – ID=617


Dragišić Maksimović J., Mojović M., Maksimović V., Römheld V., Nikolic M. (2012) Silicon ameliorates manganese toxicity in cucumber by decreasing hydroxyl radical accumulation in the leaf apoplast. Journal of Experimental Botany 63: 2411-2420. Plant Sciences 13/197, 5.242 – ID=161


Nikolic M., Cesco S., Monte R., Tomasi N., Gottardi S., Zamboni A., Pinton R., Varanini Z. (2012) Nitrate transport in cucumber leaves is an inducible process involving an increase in plasma membrane H+-ATPase activity and abundance. BMC Plant Biology 12: 66. Plant Sciences 16/197 4.354 – ID=615


Mišić D., Šiler B., Nestorović J., Živković J., Simonović A., Maksimović V., Budimir S., Janošević D., Đuričković M., Nikolić M. (2012) Contribution of inorganic cations and organic compounds to osmotic adjustment in root cultures of two Centaurium species differing in tolerance to salt stress. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 108(3): 389-400. Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology 32/160 Plant Sciences 25/197, 3.633 – ID=489


Nikolic N., Nikolic M. (2012) Gradient analysis reveals a copper paradox on floodplain soils under long-term pollution by mining waste. Science of the Total Environment 425: 146-154. Environmental Sciences 31/210, 3.258 – ID=616


Mišić D., Dragićević M., Šiler B., Nestorović Živković J., Maksimović V., Momčilović I., Nikolic M. (2012) Sugars and acid invertase mediate the physiological response of Schenkia spicata root cultures to salt stress. Journal of Plant Physiology 169(13): 1281-1289. Plant Sciences 43/197, 2.699 – ID=486


Nikolic N., Kostic Lj., Djordjevic A., Nikolic M. (2011) Phosphorus deficiency is the major limiting factor for wheat on alluvium polluted by the copper mine pyrite tailings: a black box approach. Plant and Soil 339: 485-498. Agronomy 8/80, Plant Sciences 45/190 Soil Science 2/33 2.733 – ID=426


Song A., Li P., Li Z., Fan F., Nikolic M., Liang Y. (2011) The alleviation of zinc toxicity by silicon is related to zinc transport and antioxidative reactions in rice. Plant and Soil 344: 319-333. Agronomy 8/80, Plant Sciences 45/190 Soil Science 2/33 2.733 – ID=614


Todorovic S., Giba Z., Bacic G., Nikolic M., Grubisic D. (2008) High seed Mn content does not affect germination of in vitro produced Centaurium pulchellum seeds. Environmental and Experimental Botany 64: 322-324. Environmental Sciences 41/163 Plant Sciences 33/155, 2.301 – ID=612


Nikolic N., Schultze-Kraft R., Nikolic M., Böcker R., Holz I. (2008) Land degradation on barren hills: a case study in Northeast Vietnam. Environmental Management 42: 19-36 – ID=613


Nikolic M., Nikolic N., Liang Y., Kirkby E.A., Römheld V. (2007) Germanium-68 as an adequate tracer for silicon transport in plants. Characterization of silicon uptake in different crop species. Plant Physiology 143: 495-503. Plant Sciences 7/152, 6.367 – ID=611


Savic J., Nikolic M., Prodanovic S., Römheld V. (2007) Boron uptake by the root cortex symplast of tomato and pea plants: evidence for low-boron-induced active transport. Functional Plant Biology 34: 1130-1136. Plant Sciences 28/152 2.375 – ID=609


Nikolic M., Cesco S., Römheld V., Varanini Z., Pinton R. (2007) Short-term interactions between nitrate and iron nutrition in cucumber. Functional Plant Biology 34: 402-408. Plant Sciences 28/152 2.375 – ID=610


Dragišić Maksimović J., Bogdanović J., Maksimović V., Nikolić M. (2007) Silicon modulates the metabolism and utilization of phenolic compounds in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) grown at excess manganese. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 170: 739-744 – ID=45


Liang Y., Si J., Nikolic M., Peng Y., Chen W., Jiang Y. (2005) Organic manure stimulates biological activity and barley growth in soil subject to secondary salinization. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 37: 1185-1195. Soil Science 1/29, 2.623 – ID=608


Nikolic M., Römheld V. (2003) Nitrate does not result in iron inactivation in the apoplast of sunflower leaves. Plant Physiology 132: 1303-1314. Plant Sciences 7/136, 5.634 – ID=607


Nikolic M., Cesco S., Römheld V., Pinton R., Varanini Z. (2003) Uptake of iron (59Fe) complexed to water-extractable humic substances by sunflower leaves. Journal of Plant Nutrition 26: 2243-2252 – ID=606


Erenoglu B., Nikolic M., Römheld V., Cakmak I. (2002) Uptake and transport of foliar-applied zinc (65Zn) in bread and durum wheat cultivars differing in zinc efficiency. Plant and Soil 241: 251-257. Agronomy 9/55 Soil Science 6/29 1.290 – ID=603


Nikolic M., Römheld V. (2002) Does high bicarbonate supply to roots change availability of iron in the leaf apoplast? Plant and Soil 241: 67-74. Agronomy 9/55 Soil Science 6/29 1.290 – ID=604


Cesco S., Nikolic M., Römheld V., Varanini Z., Pinton R. (2002) Uptake of 59Fe from soluble 59Fe-humate complexes by cucumber and barley plants. Plant and Soil 241: 121-128. Agronomy 9/55 Soil Science 6/29 1.290 – ID=605


Nikolic M., Kastori R. (2000) Effect of bicarbonate and Fe supply on Fe nutrition of grapevine. Journal of Plant Nutrition 23: 1619-1627 – ID=602


Nikolic M., Römheld V., Merkt N. (2000) Effect of bicarbonate on uptake and translocation of 59Fe in two grapevine rootstocks differing in their resistance to Fe deficiency chlorosis. Vitis 39: 145-150 – ID=601


Nikolic M., Römheld V. (1999) Mechanism of Fe uptake by the leaf symplast: Is Fe inactivation in leaf a cause of Fe deficiency chlorosis? Plant and Soil 215: 229-237 – ID=600


Current projects

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OI173028 Mineral Stress and Plant Adaptations to Marginal Agricultural Soils Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia Project Leader