Plant Physiology

Research group has vast experience in plant mineral nutrition analyses. Parameters of photosynthetic activity (CO2 assimilation, photochemical efficacy, pigment content) and water regime (transpiration rate, stomata properties, water potential, indicators of water deficit), along with oxidative enzyme activity and nutrient assimilation of plants are investigated in relation to different types of stress. Most of the work is experimental, analyzing plants grown in controlled environment of the greenhouse and growth chamber.

Several teaching courses are provided: Plant Physiology, Instrumental Methods in Biology, Mechanisms of Ecological Plant Development, Physiology of Woody Plants, Phytoremediation and Phytoindication.

Currently two National projects are under way, dealing with phytoremediation by willows, poplars and other woody species and investigating the influence of climate change to several forest communities in some protected areas in Serbia. Through local projects and cooperation with number of institutions, activities also involve physiological analyses of herbal and alergenic plants, vegetable cultivars, corn and some other commercial plant species. In the past years, research was initiated to target influence of carbon based nanomaterials (fulleren derivates) to plants.



Borišev M, Borišev I, Župunski M, Arsenov D, Pajević S, Ćurčić Ž, Vasin J, Djordjevic A. (2016): Drought impact is alleviated in sugar beets (Beta vulgaris L.) by foliar application of fullerenol nanoparticles. PLOS ONE, in press, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0166248

Slobodanka Pajević, Milan Borišev, Nataša Nikolić, Danijela D. Arsenov, Saša Orlović, Milan Župunski(2016): Phytoextraction of Heavy Metals by Fast-Growing Trees: A Review. In: Phytoremediation: Managment of environmental contaminants, vol. 3 (Abid Ali Ansari, Sarvajeet Singh Gill, Ritu Gill, Guy R. Lanza, Lee Newman, eds.). Springer International Publishing Switzerland, ISBN 978-3-319-40146-1. In press, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-40148-5

Borišev, M., Pajević, S., Nikolić, N., Orlović, S., Župunski, M., Pilipović, A., Kebert, M. (2016): Magnesium and iron deficiencies alter Cd accumulation in Salix viminalis L. International Journal of Phytoremediation, 18 (2): 164-170. DOI: 10.1080/15226514.2015.1073670

Župunski, M., Borišev, M., Orlović, S., Arsenov, D., Nikolić, N., Pilipović, A., Pajević, S. (2016): Hydroponic screening of black locust families for heavy metal tolerance and accumulation. 18 (6): 583-591, DOI: 10.1080/15226514.2015.1086302

Borišev, M., Pajević, S., Orlović, S., Nikolić, N., Župunski, M., Pilipović, A. (2015): Daily dynamics of photosynthetic parameters in beech population under periodical drought conditions. Open Life Sciences 10: 165-174. 

Maksimović, I., Kastori, R., Putnik-Delić, M., Borišev, M. (2014): Effect of yttrium on photosynthesis and water relations in young maize plants. Journal of Rare Earths 32 (4): 371-378. 

Nikolić, N., Borišev, M., Pajević, S., Župunski, M., Topić, M., Arsenov, D. (2014): Responses of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and maize (Zea mays L.) plants to cadmium toxicity in realtion to magnesium nutrition. Acta Bot. Croat. 73 (2): 359-373.

Horak, R., Borišev, M., Pilipović, A., Orlović, S., Pajević, S., Nikolić, N. (2014): Drought impact on forest trees in four nature protecetd areas in Serbia. Šumarski list 5-6: 301-308.

Topić, M.,Borišev, M., Orlović, S., Tomičić, M.,Župunski M., Nikolić, N., Pajević, S., Krstić, B., Pilipović A.(2013): Clonal differences of black poplar cuttings for morpho-physiological and biochemical responses to soil water deficits. Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences, 23(6). 1725-1732.

Luković, J., Merkulov, Lj., Pajević, S., Zorić, L., Nikolić, N., Borišev, M., Karanović, D. (2012): Quantitative assessment of effects of cadmium on the histological structure of poplar and willow leaves. Water Air and Soil Pollution 223: 2979-2993.

Pilipovic, A., Orlovic, S., Nikolic, N., Borisev, M., Krstic, B., Roncevic, S. (2012): Growth and Plant Physiological Parameters as Markers for Selection of Poplar Clones for Crude Oil Phytoremediation. Šumarski list 136 (5-6): 273-281.

Borišev, M., Krstić, B., Gvozdenović. D., Gvozdanović-Varga, J. (2012):Photosynthesis and water use efficiency relations to yield of ten pepper varieties (Capsicum annuum L.). Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science. 18 (4): 589-594.

Oreščanin B., Miladinović, D., Marjanović-Jeromela, A., Pajević, S., Borišev, M., Nikolić N., Balalić, I. (2012): Reaction of winter oilseed rape varieties to elevated concentrations of leadGenetika, 44 (3): 514-519.

Borišev, M., Pajević, S., Nikolić, N., Krstić, B., Pilipović, A. (2010): Influence of Cd and Ni on content of N, P, K, nitrates and activity of nitrate reductase in clones of Salix spp. Biotechnology and Biotechnological Equipment (SE 24) 2: 228-235.

Pajević, S., Borišev, M., Orčić, D., Boža, P., Nikolić, N. (2010): Photosynthetic and biochemical characteristics of invasive species (Ambrosia artemisiifolia L., Ambrosia trifida L. and Iva xanthifolia Nutt.)depending on soil humidity and phenological phase. Russian Journal of Ecology (41) 6: 498-505 

Borišev, M., Pajević, S., Nikolić, N., Pilipović, A., Krstić, B., Orlović, S. (2009): Phytoextraction of Cd, Ni, and Pb using four willow clones (Salix spp.). Polish Journal of Environmental Sciences, 18, 4, 553-561.

Nikolić, Lj., Pajević, S., Ljevnajić, B. (2009): Primary production dynamics of dominant hydrophytes in Lake Provala (Serbia). Central European Journal of Biology  4(2), 250-257.

Pajević, S., Igić, R., Stanković, Ž., Vukov, D., Krstić, B., Rončević, S. (2008): Chemical compositions of aquatic macrophytes from the Danube River and their role in biomonitoring and bioremediation. Large Rivers 18, No. 1-2, 351-360.

Nikolić, N., Kojić, D., Pilipović, A., Pajević, S., Krstić, B., Borišev, M., Orlović, S. (2008): Responses of hybrid poplar to cadmium stress: photosynthetic characteristics, cadmium and proline accumulation, and antioxidant enzyme activity. Acta Biologica  Cracoviensia Series Botanica 50/2: 95-103.

Pajević, S., Borišev, M., Rončević, S., Vukov, D., Igić, R. (2008): Heavy metal accumulation of Danube river aquatic plants – indication of chemical contamination. Central European Journal of Biology 3(3), 285–294.

Pajević, S., Igić, R., Stanković, Ž., Vukov, D., Krstić, B., Rončević, S. (2008): Chemical compositions of aquatic macrophytes from Danube River and their role in biomonitoring and bioremediation. Archiv für Hydrobiologie, Suppl. 162, Large Rivers, Vol. 18, No. 1-2, 351- 360.

Borišev, M., Pajević, S., Stanković, Ž., Krstić, B. (2008): Macrophytes as indicators and potential remediators in aquatic ecosystems: A case study. Archiv für Hydrobiologie, Suppl. 162, Large rivers, 18, 1-2.: 107-115.

Krstić, B., Stanković, D., Igić, R., Nikolić, N. (2007): The potential of different plant species for nickel accumulation. Biotechnology & Biotechnological Equipment 21: 431-436.

Nikolić, N., Orlović, S., Krstić, B., Kevrešan, Ž. (2006): Variability of acorn nutrient concentrations in pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L.) genotypes. Journal of Forest Science 52, 51-60.

Pilipović, A., Nikolić, N., Orlović, S., Petrović, N., Krstić, B. (2005): Cadmium phytoextraction potential of poplar clones (Populus spp.). Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung C, 60 (3⁄4), 247-251.

Pajević S, Vasić D, Sekulić P (2004). Biochemical characteristics and nutrient content of the callus of sunflower inbred lines. Helia 26, 41: 143-150.
Pajević, S., Vučković, M., Stanković, Ž., Krstić, B., Kevrešan, Ž., Radulović, S. (2002): The content of some macronutrients and heavy metals in aquatic macrophytes of three ecosystems connected to the Danube in Yugoslavia. Large Rivers Vol.13, No. 1-2; Archiv für Hydrobiologie Suppl. 141/1-2,