University of Belgrade

Institute for
Multidisciplinary Research

Project information

Mineral Stress and Plant Adaptations to Marginal Agricultural Soils

Project ID OI173028
Project Title Mineral Stress and Plant Adaptations to Marginal Agricultural Soils

Project Leader Dr Miroslav Nikolić, research professor, IMSI, University of Belgrade
IMSI Status Manages the project

Financial Source Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia

Category of Project Fundamental Research (OI)



Plant production on marginal agricultural soils is limited by various environmental factors which decrease crop yields and economic returns. Mineral stress (nutrient deficiency and mineral element toxicity) is one of the key abiotic factors causing low productivity of these soils. The proposed research will include three groups of agricultural soils low in organic matter (strongly acid, strongly calcareous, and soils degraded by industrial activities), on which limited plant growth caused by mineral stress is both locally (Serbia) and globally important economical problem. The objective of the proposed research is to elucidate adaptive mechanisms of different plant species to mineral stress, with special emphasis on rhizosphere processes. The research is based on complementarities of laboratory and field experiments, and includes: a) mechanisms of P-acquisition on different P-deficient soils (acid and calcareous); b) mechanisms of uptake, translocation and compartmentation of microelements under deficiency and toxicity; c) physiological role of Si in alleviating minerals stress (nutrient deficiency and metal toxicity) in plants; d) effects of soil amendments (organic fertilizers, physiologically acid/alkaline mineral fertilizers) on mobility and acquisition of mineral elements in the rhizosphere; and e) the role of mineral stress in modifying the succession process of spontaneous vegetation on anthropogenically degraded soils.



From: 01.01.2011.   To: 31.12.2014.




►Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade

►Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade



No. Participant Institution
Dr Miroslav Nikolić, research professorIMSI, University of Belgrade
Dr Vuk Maksimović, research professorIMSI, University of Belgrade
Dr Nina Nikolić, senior research fellow IMSI, University of Belgrade
Dr Ljiljana Kostić Kravljanac, research fellow IMSI, University of Belgrade
Dr Jelena Pavlović, research fellow IMSI, University of Belgrade
, IMSI, University of Belgrade
& others.