University of Belgrade - Institute for Multidisciplinary Research

Predrag Bosnić

PhD in Biological Sciences

Research Associate

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.
  • Sodium uptake and transport in plants with special emphasis on the role of silicon in alleviation of sodium toxicity.
  • Development of single and multi-nutrient fertilizers.
  • Grapevine trunk diseases monitoring (The ESCA disease complex).
  • Precision agriculture with special emphasis on


  • 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.
  • Multi-spectral remote sensing data analysis (NDRE, NDVI).
  • Isolation, detection and selection of рlant growth-promoting rhizobacteria.
  • UV-Vis
  • PCR method.
  • Biography
  • Projects
  • Selected publications

1.Work experience:

  • 2020-present: Research Associate, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.
  • 2014-2020: Research Assistant, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.
  • 2013-2014: Junior Research Assistant, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade.


  • 2019: PhD in Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, advisor: Miroslav Nikolić.
  • 2012: Graduated in Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade.

3. Other professional activities

  • In charge of Plant Nutrition Laboratory service (communication with farmers and agro-industry sector).
  • Invited speaker “Managing saline and sodic soil in Vojvodina” addressed at the Agriculture extensoin service, February 8, 2019, Zrenjanin, Serbia.
  • Selected oral presentation “Silicon mediates sodium transport and homeostasis in maize under mild NaCl stress” at the 7th International Conference on Silicon in Agriculture, October 24-28, 2017, Bengaluru, India.

Courses taught:

  • Training course: „Modern terroir-based approach in wine production“. October 22-24, 2020, Prokuplje, Serbia.

Editorial and Reviewer’s activity:

  • External reviewer for the international scientific journal Plant and Soil, verified at ORCID.
  • External reviewer for the international scientific journal Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, verified at ORCID.


  • Member of the International Society for Silicon in Agriculture (ISSAG)


  • 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. 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. (IF 3.299)
  2. Bosnic D., Bosnic P., Nikolic D., Nikolic M., Samardzic J. 2019. Silicon and iron differently alleviate copper toxicity in cucumber leaves. Plants 8: 554. (IF 2.762)
  3. 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. (IF 2.083)
  4. 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. (IF 4.027)
  5. 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. (IF 6.551)