University of Belgrade - Institute for Multidisciplinary Research

Igor Kostić

PhD in Agricultural science

Research Associate Professor

Address: Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade

Telephone: (+381) 11 3058 956

Research area

  • Physiological and molecular mechanisms of plant nutrition.
  • The role of silicon in plant nutrition.
  • Development of single and multi-nutrient fertilizers.
  • Grapevine trunk diseases monitoring (The ESCA disease complex).
  • Precision agriculture with special emphasis on
  • Secondary metabolites of plants in the fight against harmful insects.


  • Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES).
  • CHNS analyzer.
  • Qualitative and quantitative elemental analysis of soil, plant tissue, fertilizers and irrigation water samples.
  • Determination of silicon content in different samples.
  • UV-Vis spectroscopy.
  • Biography
  • Projects
  • Selected publications

1.Work experience:

  • 2017-present: Research Associate, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.
  • 2013-2017: Research Assistant, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.
  • 2012-2013: Junior Research Assistant, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.


  • 2017-present: Postdoctoral study in Plant Nutrition, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade; advisor: Miroslav Nikolić.
  • 2016: PhD in study program of Agricultural Sciences in the module Phytomedicine, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade, advisor: Olivera Petrović-Obradović; coadvisor: Slobodan Milanović.
  • 2011: Graduated at Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade.

3. Other professional activities

  • Work on the services it provides Plant Nutrition Laboratory.
  • Аdvisor of the defended doctoral dissertation: “The effect of essential oils and selected costituent s of thyme, rosemary and basil on the bean weevil Acanthoscelides obtectus (Say) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)”.
  • Acknowledgment for participation in the realization of the doctoral dissertation: “In vitro propagation and biological activity of essential oil and methanol extracts of tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)”.
  • Selected poster presentation “Alumina powders as novel non-toxic insecticide against bean weevil (Acanthoscelides obtectus Say)”. at the 6th International Scientific Agricultural Symposium „Agrosym 2015“

Editorial and Reviewer’s activity (journals, books, projects):

1)    External reviewer for the international scientific journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development (IF 4.531), verified at ORCID.


  • Member of the national project “Plant Adaptations to Mineral Stress on Marginal Agricultural Soils”, No. OI-173028 funded by Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (2011-2019)
  1. Jelica Lazarević, Stojan Jevremović, Igor Kostić, Miroslav Kostić, Ana Vuleta, Sanja Manitašević Jovanović and Darka Šešlija Jovanović (2020): Toxic, Oviposition Deterrent and Oxidative Stress Effects of Thymus vulgaris Essential Oil against Acanthoscelides obtectus. Insects, 11, 563, 1-19. (IF 2.220)
  2. Nina Devrnja, Igor Kostić, Jelica Lazarević, Jelena Savić & Dušica Ćalić (2020): Evaluation of tansy essential oil as a potential “green” alternative for gypsy moth control. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 27 (11): 11958–11967. (IF 3.056)
  3. Jelica Lazarević, Igor Kostić, Slobodan Milanović, Darka Šešlija Jovanović, Slobodan Krnjajić, Dušica Ćalić, Slađan Stanković and Miroslav Kostić (2020): Repellent activity of Tanacetum parthenium (L.) and Tanacetum vulgare (L.) essential oils against Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say). Bulletin of Entomological Research, DOI: 10.1017/S0007485320000504. (IF 1.184)
  4. Lazarević, J., Radojković, A., Kostić, I., Krnjajić, S., Mitrović, J., Kostić, M., Novaković, T., Branković, Z., Branković, G. (2018): Insecticidal impact of alumina powders against Acanthoscelides obtectus (Say) (Article). Journal of Stored Product Research, 77, 45-54. (IF 1.954)
  5. Milanović, S., Janković-Tomanić, M., Kostić, I., Kostić, M., Morina, F., Živanović, B., Lazarević, J. (2016): Behavioural and physiological plasticity of gypsy moth larvae to host plant switching. Entomologia Experimentalis at Applicata, 158 (2), 1-11. (IF 1.162)
  6. Kostić I., Petrović O., Milanović S., Popović Z., Stanković S., Todorović G., Kostić M. (2013): Biological activity of essential oils of Athamanta haynaldii and Myristica fragrans to  gypsy moth larvae. Industrial Crops and Products 41: 17-20. (IF 3.208)