University of Belgrade - Institute for Multidisciplinary Research

Ljiljana Kostic Kravljanac

PhD in Environmental management

Research Associate Professor

Address: Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade

Telephone: (+381) 11 3058 956

Research area

Rhizosphere processes, nutrients availability and acquisition, with emphasis on phosphorus dynamics and root adaptation to P deficient soil. Mineral nutrition and adaptation of plants on adverse soil conditions, with a focus on silicon role in the alleviation of nutritional disbalance.


  • Optical emission spectrophotometer with inductively coupled plasma (ICP-OES)
  • CHNS analyzer
  • Determination of silicon content in different samples
  • Soil analyses (fertility, inorganic contamination, mobility, solubility and avaiablilty of different elements)
  • Plant analyses (plant ionomic composition)
  • Analyses of fertilizers and irrigation water
  • ArcGIS, ESRI
  • Biography
  • Projects
  • Selected publications

1.Work experience

  • 2015-present: Research associate, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.
  • 2011-2015: Research assistant, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.
  • 2006-2011: Research assistant, Institute for Soil Science, Belgrade
  • 2005-2006: Junior research assistant, Institute for Soil Science, Belgrade


  • 2015: Ph.D. in Environmental management, University of Belgrade; advisor: Miroslav Nikolić.
  • 2005: Graduated in Biology (Ecology and Environmental Protection), Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade.

3.Other professional activities

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

  • External reviewer for the international scientific journals: Plant and Soil Environmental Science and Pollution Research, and Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science.


  • Member of the International Society for Silicon in Agriculture (ISSAG) (2017-present).


  • Member of the national project: “Plant Adaptations to Mineral Stress on Marginal Agricultural Soils” (2011-2019). (Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development. RS. Grant number: No. OI-173028.)
  • Member of the international project: “Mechanisms of Silicon-mediated Plant Adaptations to Abiotic Stress” (2012-2013) (Bilateral scientific cooperation between RS and PRC, co-funded by the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development.
  • Member of the national project: Protection, melioration, and sustainable use of agricultural soil in Serbia in order to increase food production and environmental protection (2008-2010). (Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development, RS. Grant number: TR-20098)
  • Member of the national project: Soil fertility control and determining the content of hazardous and harmful elements in soils of Serbia (2005-2009); The Ministry of Agriculture of Serbia.
  • Member of the national project: Melioration of acid soils in the municipality Krupanj, with the aim to increase safe food production (2007-2009). (The Ministry of Agriculture. RS. Grant number: 320-15 )
  • Member of the national project: Formulation and testing efficiency of mineral fertilizers of national producers (2005 -2007). (Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development, RS; TR- 6869)

Peer-reviewed international journals:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Mrvić V., Kostić-Kravljanac Lj., Čakmak D., Sikirić B., Brebanović B., Perović V., Nikoloski M. (2011) Pedogeochemical mapping and background limit of trace elements in soils of Branicevo Province (Serbia). Journal of Geochemical Exploration 109: 18-25 – ID=425
  10. Saljnikov E., Cakmak D., Kostic Lj., Maksimovic S. (2009) Labile fractions of soil organic carbon in mollisols from different climatic regions. Agrochimica 53(6): 376-385 – ID=424