Laboratory for Plant Molecular Biology

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The Laboratory for Plant Molecular Biology has been established in 2002 by Vesna Maksimovic, PhD. Our research group is interested in diverse aspects of Plant Molecular Biology:

  • plant response mechanisms to various abiotic stresses (mineral stresses: from nutrient deficiency to the excess of essential and other mineral elements, environmental stresses: drought, salinity, temperature, etc) on transcriptional and posttranscriptional level
  • research in fields of microevolution (population genetics), phylogeography and macroevolution (phylogenetics) of plants important for agronomy and horticulture.
  • isolation and characterization of bioactive phenolic compounds from plants; testing for bioavailability and effects on human cell lines
  • study of fungal pathogenesis and homologous recombination using Ustilago maydis as a model system

At the Laboratory for Plant Molecular Biology, the PCR method for detection, identification and quantification of genetic modification in plant material and food/feed products has been developed and accredited according to SRPS ISO/IEC 17025.

Current project
Selected publications
  • Nikolić DB, Nesić S, Bosnić D, Kostić L, Nikolić M, Samardžić JT (2019) Silicon alleviates iron deficiency in barley by enhancing expression of Strategy II genes and metal redistribution. Front Plant Sci. 2019;10:416.
  • Milisavljevic M, Petkovic J, Samardzic J, Kojic M. Bioavailability of nutritional resources from cells killed by oxidation supports expansion of survivors in Ustilago maydis populations. Frontiers in microbiology 2018;9:990.
  • Jevtic B, Djedovic N, Stanisavljevic S, Despotovic J, Miljkovic Dj, Timotijevic G. Cucurbitacin E potently modulates the activity of encephalitogenic cells. J Agric Food Chem. 2017; 37: 249-262.
  • Pavlovic J, Samardzic J, Kostic L, Stevic N, Laursen KH, Natic M, Timotijevic G, Schjoerring JK, Nikolic M. Silicon enhances leaf remobilization of iron in cucumber under limited iron conditions. Ann Bot. 2016;118(2):271-280.
  • De Sena-Tomas C, Sutherland JH, Milisavljevic M, Nikolic DB, Perez-Martín J, Kojic M, Holloman WK. LAMMER kinase contributes to genome stability in Ustilago maydis. DNA Repair (Amst). 2015; 33:70-77.
  • Duc G, Aleksić JM, Marget P, Mikic A, Paull J, Redden RJ, Sass O, Stoddard FL, Vandenberg A, Vishnyakova M, Torres AM. Faba bean. In: De Ron A. (ed) Grain Legumes. Handbook of Plant Breeding, vol 10, 2015. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 141-178.
  • Stanisavljevic N, Samardzic J, Jankovic T, Savikin K, Mojsin M, Topalovic V, Stevanovic M. Antioxidant and antiproliferative activity of chokeberry juice phenolics during in vitro simulated digestion in the presence of food matrix. Food Chem. 2015;175:516-522.
  • Lockwood JD, Aleksic JM, Zou J, Wang J, Liu J, Renner SS. A new phylogeny for the genus Picea from plastid, mitochondrial, and nuclear sequences. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2013; 69(3):717-727.
  • Pavlovic J, Samardzic J, Maksimovic V, Timotijevic G, Stevic N, Laursen KH, Hansen TH, Husted S, Schjoerring JK, Liang YC, Nikolic M. Silicon alleviates iron deficiency in cucumber by promoting mobilization of iron in the root apoplast. New Phytologist. 2013; 198:1096-1107.
  • Stanisavljevic N, Jovanovic Z, Cupic T, Lukic J, Dukic JM, Radovic S, Mikic A. Extractability of antioxidants from legume seed flour after cooking and in vitro gastrointestinal digestion in comparison with methanolic extraction of the unprocessed flour. Int J Food Sci Tech. 2013;48:2096-2104.

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11010 Belgrade, Serbia

Tel: +381 11 3976414
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