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Isajev Vasilije

(1947, Belgrade)
Mr. Isajev graduated at the Faculty of Forestry in Belgrade, Department of Forestry in 1970. He become Doctor of Science at the Faculty of Forestry in Belgrade in Genetics with Plant breeding in 1987.
Mr. Isajev worked at Institute of Forestry and Wood Industry from 1971 till 1974. At Faculty of Forestry in Belgrade he has been working since 1975. He also lectured a course in Plant Breeding from 1978 till 1984 at Faculty of Agriculture - Institute of Pomiculture, Viniculture and Horticulture in Novi Sad. He is professor at the Faculty of Forestry in Belgrade elected for course - teaching and workshop - Seed Sciences, Nursery Production and Afforestation. At Faculty of Forestry in Banja Luka, he was invited professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding and Seed Sciences, Nursery Production and Afforestation. At Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies, University in Belgrade, he has been invited professor of Pollution and Bioindications of Environmental Hazards on the degree program Environment Control, since 1992.
The most important scientific results: so far published 226 scientific papers in Serbia- Serbian and foreign periodicals, five auxiliary text book and three monograph, two innovations studies of the methods of establishing seed orchard of establishing seed orchards of tree species. Ha was Coordinator of the two Projects, financed by The Ministry of Sciences and technology of Serbia. At the Federal Ministry of Agriculture he is president of the Commission for recognition, adaptation and protection of forest tree cultivars and he is also National coordinator for the realisation of the European program of forest genetics resources "EUFORGEN" in the region of FR Yugoslavia.

Kastori Rudolf

(1935, Karlovac, Croatia)
Mr. Kastori graduated from Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad in 1958. In 1960, he was appointed assistant in the course 'Plant Nutrition' at the same faculty and in 1963, he obtained the Ph.D. degree in plant mineral nutrition at Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad. He was full professor in the course 'Protection of Agro ecosystem'.
At the beginning of his scientific work, he was focused on agrochemical aspects of plant nutrition and he took his Ph.D. degree from that subject. During the post-doctoral training in Germany he studied the uptake and metabolism of phenols and the effect of boron on lignin synthesis. Later on he dealt with the effects of biotic and abiotic factors on the uptake, accumulation and distribution of biogenous macro- and microelements, effects of macro- and microelements on physiological processes, anatomy and morphology of plants, genetic specificity of mineral nutrition and ionic regulation of some metabolic processes.
Kastori is principal author or co-author of 335 scientific papers, 36 technical papers, 27 books of which some had several reprints, two textbooks, several chapters in monographs, and more than 300 popular articles. He was editor and co-author of four monographs and editor of 17 books. At Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad, prof. Kastori was Vice Dean for Academic Affairs in two terms, from 1979 to 1983, and Head of the Chair for Soil and Plant Nutrition from 1979 to 1999. From 1989 to 2002, he was Deputy Director for Science and Academic Affairs of Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops in Novi Sad.
He received numerous awards for success in scientific and teaching work, some of which are: Matica Srpska Medal and Diploma, October Award of the City of Novi Sad, Julius-Kühn-Plakette der Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg, DDR, Memorial Medal of Agricultural University of Brno, CZ, Golden Plaque of Professors and Scientists of Serbia for Life Achievement etc. Prof. Kastori is foreign member of Hungarian Academy of Sciences and full member of Academy of Sciences and Arts of Vojvodina.

Malešević Miroslav

(1947, Ruma)
Mr. Malešević graduated from Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad - field crops department in 1969. He finished his post-graduate study in 1973 and presented his Masters Thesis in 1976. After that he started his Doctoral Thesis from the field of wheat growing. Using results of a 15-year-long research he received his PhD in 1990.
His scientific research and teaching activities began when he started working at the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad in 1970. He was a teaching assistant for field crops agronomy, simultaneously participating in research projects. Mr. Malesevic transferred to Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops in 1972, but remained engaged in teaching activities. He was a research assistant for 15 years and during this period he gained respect in the scientific and expert community due to the results of his research and the research of team he worked with. He has participated in breeding efforts and creation of wheat and barley varieties and he is a co-author of 32 wheat varieties and 13 barley varieties. In 1999 he was appointed Principal Research Fellow for the field of Field Crops Agronomy – Small Grains Growing Technology. He was appointed associate professor in 2000 and full professor in 2006 for Field Crops Agronomy. In the period from 1971 to 2009 he published 410 original research and technical articles as the only author or as a co-author, while 42 of these articles are of international significance. Mr Malesevic also participated in the production of 16 monographs writing certain chapters with his associates.
Among the most important research results are the following: Research on the varietals specificity in wheat, barley, oat and other small grains in the field of nitrogen nutrition, volume of vegetation area, planting density and date, research on the parameters for the exact determination of wheat and other small grains demands for nitrogen (N-min method), research on mathematical models for prognosis of small grains yield, application of mineral fertilizers and other agronomical measures when growing small grains, research on the interaction of small grains species with agro-ecological conditions of the locality, especially with climatic factors from the viewpoint of global climate changes, research on changes in grain quality of small grains under the influence of agronomical measures and their growing in organic production.
He was manager and coordinator of several scientific projects financed by the Ministry of Science and Technology in the field of small grains.

Penčić Milutin

(1928, Pirot)
Mr. Penčić graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Belgrade in 1952. The PhD thesis defended at the same Faculty in 1962. He was appointed a scientific assistant of genetics and selection of small grains at the Institute of Agricultural Research in Kruševac in 1953. At the Maize Research Institute, Zemun Polje he started working in 1958. In 1986, was elected a vice president of the Federal Committee of Science and Technology. As an advisor for the scientific and technological development of the Federal Government he was retired in 1993.
Mr Penčić was a Director General of the Maize Research Institute, Zemun Polje, the first President of the Steering Committee of FAO/UNDP of the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECP/GR), the coordinator of FAO European Cooperative Programme for Crop Genetic Resources Network, a national coordinator and a member of the ECP/GR Committee, a member of the Yugoslav Commission for UNESCO, a member of a FAO Commission for Plant Genetic Resources. As a FAO consultant he was engaged in the preparation and implementation of national programs on scientific work and the maize production improvement in Tanzania, Mozambique and Angola.
He is author or co-author of 136 bibliographical units out of which 32 were published abroad. His scientific and research activity can be divided into two parts: plant physiology - mainly maize physiology and plant genetics and breeding - mostly genetic resources. The general characteristics of his opus is the initiation of new scientific and research fields in our country. He established the first laboratory in our county for maize physiology studies in the beginning of the 1960s and he was also an initiator of the introduction of biophysical methods in studies on plant organisms. He was a President of the Yugoslav Academy of Engineers from 2003 till 2007.
Mr. Penčić received many recognitions and awards for his scientific and professional activities.

Pljakić Radiša

(1940, Kragujevac)
Mr. Pljakić graduated from Faculty of Agriculture in Zemun in 1964. After graduation he found employment at the Agricultural Plant in Gornja Gruža in Vraćevšnica which later on became Agricultural Industrial Plant Takovo in Gornji Milanovac. He used to work on preparation and realization of preliminary designs in the Plant that included 1.000 hectares under the mountainous meadows, 310 hectares of plant under raspberries, 240 hectares under plums, a big number of plants for cattle fattening as well as an industrial slaughter-house in Vraćevšnica.
At the end of 1969 he prepared a preliminary design for establishment of a new organization that was founded in 1970 in Kragujevac named Miloduh. It was there that he produced the first world known brandy Lincura including both the technology and the preliminary design of the bottle and the label. Miloduh opened the second herbal pharmacy in the Balkans and produced more than 60 types of medical teas.
In 1979, Mr Pljakic moved to Belgrade to the Institute for Household Economics of Serbia where he worked in the capacity of Senior Food Consultant. The main direction of his work was research and realization of new copyright programs. In that period, he produced and realized very significant programs in the field of food processing industry.
He was significantly engaged in the development of private entrepreneurship in Serbia. Mr Pljakic spent more than ten years working in the capacity of the President of the Council of Private Entrepreneurship at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Managing Board of the Federal Chamber and a member of the Presidency of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. During the work on the products whose author he is, he won 28 golden medals for products of Miloduh and over 40 gold medals and special recognitions in my company Flores. In 2008, the City of Kragujevac awarded him the Meritorious Citizen Charter for contributing to the economy and reputation of Kragujevac.

Sekulić Radosav

(1940, Trstenik)
Mr. Sekulić graduated in 1964 at the Plant Protection Department of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University in Novi Sad. Having completed the basic studies he enrolled and completed the post-graduate studies in the field of phytopharmacy and later on in the field of entomology. He defended his master thesis in 1973. In 1987, he defended his PhD thesis in the field of agricultural entomology.
Prof. Sekulic started his professional career at the Institute for Entomology as an expert associate in the Institute for Plant Protection of the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad. In 1989 he became a full-time professor in the same subject. He worked at the Faculty of Agriculture until 1997. After that he accepted the invitation and started working in the Institute for Plant Protection of the Scientific Institute for Field and Vegetable Crops in Novi Sad as the Head of the Institute and scientific advisor, where he stayed until 2005. At the University and at the Faculty he executed several functions - President of the Education-scientific Council of the Faculty, member of Human Resources Committee, Head of the Plant Protection Department, member of the Education-scientific Council of the University, Head of the Institute for Plant Protection in the Scientific Institute for Field and Vegetable Crops etc. The basis of prof. Sekulic’s scientific activity is made up of researches of soil entomofauna in wheat, maize, sugar beet, soya, sunflower, Alfa-Alfa and other crops that are grown in Vojvodina, as well as the study of biology, ecology, detrimental effects, fluctuations in number and possibilities of integrated eradication of economically significant harmful species. And research of phytopharmacological value of insecticides and their reduced application.
Until today, he has published, independently or as co-author, more than 120 scientific papers.. Prof. Sekulic has been constantly leading projects and sub-projects related to studies of sugar beet pests and pests of other crops aiming at their rational and environmentally friendly eradication. He also participated and managed the implementation of the Yugoslav-American and Yugoslav-German projects.
In the recognition of his work, he has been awarded the First May Prize of the Chamber of Economy of Vojvodina and Golden plaque for life achievement in educational and scientific-research work of the University in Novi Sad.

Škorić Dragan

(1937, Korenica, Croatia)
In 1963, he graduated from the Novi Sad Faculty of Agriculture with field crops as his main subject. Prof. Škorić got his MSc degree in Plant Genetics and Breeding at the Novi Sad Faculty of Agriculture in 1968 and defended his PhD thesis on sunflower genetics and breeding at the same faculty in 1975. In 1978, prof. Škorić became Assistant Professor of Plant Breeding and Seed Science at the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad. In 1983, he was elected Associate Professor in the same subject, while in 1990 he received full professorship.
From 1980 until his retirement in 2006, he was Head of the Oil Crops Department of the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops in Novi Sad. He has also served two terms as President of the Institute’s Board of Directors. He is a member of the Council for Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia and has been member of this body in its previous two terms as well. Between 2003 and 2006, prof. Škorić was Director of the National Biotechnology and Agroindustry Program. He has also been Corresponding Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA) in Belgrade since 2003. In 2009, he was elected Full Member of SASA. At the SASA, he is President of the Committee for Serbian Flora and Plant Life.
Since 1989, he has been Coordinator of the FAO European Cooperative Research Network on Sunflower (Rome, Italy). For FAO (Rome), he has completed studies on the advancement of oil crops production in India and Sudan. The Indian Ministry of Science appointed him as an official evaluator of their national sunflower program.
He was the leader of the sunflower breeding program within a project on the advancement of oil crops in Iran carried out from 1970 to 1978. Between 1972 and 1991, Prof. Škorić led three joint joint projects with USDA-ARS (U.S.A.) and has also participated in two more such projects. He also led a sunflower wild species project carried out jointly with INRA, France and actively participated in the realization of 13 domestic research projects.
Prof. Škorić has achieved globally important results in the fields of sunflower genetics, breeding, and seed science. He has published two books in the English language and two in Serbian and has authored or co-authored six book chapters and 310 scientific papers in total. He has presented his papers on more than 50 international scientific gatherings and has appeared as an invited speaker in over 20 countries.
Prof. Škorić's work has won him a number of domestic and international awards. The most important among them are the Pustovoit Award, given by the International Sunflower Association for outstanding contribution to the development of science (1988).

Videnović Živorad

(1946, Knjaževac)
Mr. Videnović enrolled the Faculty of Agriculture in Zemun in academic year 1966/1967, and in 1970 he graduated from the Department of Crop Sciences. He completed post-graduate studies at the Department for Ecology and Agro-techniques of Wheat, at the same Faculty. In 1975, defended his master’s thesis, while in 1982 he defended his doctoral dissertation thus acquiring the degree of Doctor of Agricultural Science.
Mr. Videnović has been employed in the Corn Institute “Zemun Polje“ since 1971 where he has been engaged in the scientific and research work in the field of agro-techniques of maize. He has held various executive positions in the Corn Institute “Zemun Polje“: Chief of the Laboratory for Argo-techniques,Assistant Director of the Department for Scientific and Research Work, Assistant Director of the Corn Institute “Zemun Polje” General Director of the Corn Institute “Zemun Polje”. Since 2002, he has been an Advisor to the General Director of the Corn Institute “Zemun Polje” for coordination of business operations with the Russian Federation and Ukraine. In 1984, he was engaged for three months as an expert in the FAO Project:
“Improvements in maize production in Mozambique“.
Mr. Videnović has to date published 165 scientific and professional papers either as the only author or in cooperation with other authors. In 2000, he was elected a member of the Ukrainian Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Dragović Svetimir

(1936, Andrijevica, Montenegro)
Mr. Dragović graduated from Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Skopje in 1961. In order to do a scientific research and for further professional improvement in 1965 he enrolled postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad, a group for scientific field «Irrigation of agricultural crops” and he finished it in 1968. In 1970 he did doctorate in scientific field “Irrigation of agricultural crops”.
Since 1994 he has been full professor of the irrigation of agricultural crops at the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad.
He participated in and he was also a manager of many national research projects, funded by the government of Yugoslavia and Serbia, as well as several international projects. The most significant international project was in the scientific technological cooperation between the United States and Yugoslavia, in the field of water resources (1985-1991), which was funded by the federal government of the United States.
He published 256 research papers and about 30 expertise in the field of land science, land reclamation, and the majority of research papers are written in the field of irrigation which is the field he focused on. He also published a large number of books independently or in a cooperation with other authors. The most significant is a monograph “Irrigation” as well as “Irrigation in crop production”. He participated in a large number of national and international conferences in the field of land science and irrigation with the invited papers or a paper of his own choice.

Janković Božilo

(1927, Leskovac)
In 1951 Mr Janković got a degree at the Faculty of Agriculture in Zagreb, on the Department for Wine Growing and Wine Production. He has worked in Agricultural Company “Čoka” from Čoka, as Assistant Manager for the cellar and vineyards and in “Enological Station” in Vrsac, where he stayed till 1993. From 1972 to 1988 he was the Director of “Enological Station”, spending there four full terms of office and twice being an Acting Director for one year.
In “Enological Station” he worked as an analyst controlling unfermented grape juice, wine, alcoholic beverages and other products of wine industry and upon expansion of activities of the laboratory he was engaged in the control of numerous other plant products and raw materials used in the process of their production.
During his career he made a close study of over 300 analytical methods and a number of them introduced into the routine everyday procedure of the Station. He has published about 30 expert papers, composed by himself only or in cooperation with his associates from the Station in the domestic professional magazines and he also participated in numerous expert seminars and congresses presenting papers from the field of wine production and wine growing. During his long career he participated in solving problems technologically and financially significant for production companies (wine cellars, breweries, producers of strong alcoholic beverages). On several occasions he mediated in international disputes concerning export of wine and strong alcoholic beverages.
He has been awarded numerous awards and scrolls of honours by the organizers of these tasting events for the special contribution within the area of improvement and development of wine producing and wine growing industry in Vojvodina and Serbia, as well as for the great contribution in wine growing and producing science and technology.

Jevtić Stojan

(1949, Rekovac)
In 1972 Mr. Jevtić completed his graduate studies at the Faculty of Agriculture – Department of Agroeconomics, Zemun. He took his postgraduate studies in the period 1972-1976 at the Department of Organization and Economics of Agricultural Companies and received his master degree. He received his Ph.D. in 1980 at the Faculty of Organizational Studies, Belgrade University.
He became the trainee assistant at the Faculty of Agriculture, Department for Agreoeconomics, Zemun, in 1974. After appointment for assistant in 1978, he was responsible for practical work in Cybernetics at the Department for Agroeconomics of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade. After being appointment for a docent for a course in Cybernetics in 1981 until the end of semesters 1985/1986 he was a lecturer at the Department for Agroeconomics of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade.
In summer semester 2003/2004 Stojan Jevtić was entrusted to conduct curriculum and exams in Informatics in Forestry at the Department for Forestry of the Faculty of Forestry, which he successfully performed.
As Director of Development Sector of Agrobanka, Belgrade, specialized bank for agriculture, and later as its Vice-president, he was responsible for agricultural development in Serbia, and participated directly in the creation of agrarian policy and numerous agricultural development projects, which contributed to the modernization and accelerated development of agriculture.
While Mr. Jeftić was the Director of the Agricultural Research Institute “Serbia” in Belgrade (1989-1999), considerable results were achieved in terms of organizational and financial strengthening of the Institute and its promotion. From 2000 to 2001 he was the Deputy to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management in Interim Government.
From. 2003 to 2004 he was the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management.
In April 2005 he was for the first time appointed for Vice-president of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and he has been on the position until today. In 2007 he held the position of Acting President of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce.
He published 93 bibliographic units and he was the project manager for four research projects.

Nikola Adžić

(1938, Pluzine, Montenegro)
In 1962 Mr. Adžić graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina. In 1976 he was awarded a Master’s degree and in 1982 he received Ph.D. at the same Faculty.
From 1970 he has worked at the Biotechnical Institute, earlier known as the Institute for Agriculture in Podgorica, first as an expert in agriculture, then as senior adviser, and finally as an advisor in the filed of scientific research on cattle. Now he is Professor at the Faculty of Biotechnical studies in Podgorica.
Working at the Institute, he held the position of a Deputy-Head and Head of the Institute for cattle breeding and in the Republic Administration for Selection in the field of cattle breeding. In addition to this, he also took an active part in management boards of different institutions and professional associations at the republic and ex-state level (Institute, the University of Montenegro, Ministry for Education and Science, Ministry for Agriculture, Chamber of Economy, Association of Engineers and Technicians). He was a Chairman of the Executive Board of the University in Montenegro and the Chairman of the ex-Yugoslavian board for breeding sheep and goats, Editor-in-chief and/or member of Editorial boards in many professional magazines (Agriculture and Forestry), Editor of Almanacs of Biotechnical Institute and Proceedings from many scientific and professional conferences in the field of agriculture, editor of many books on different topics related to agriculture, appointed expert for cattle breeding at many institutions and state bodies at the republic and ex-state level, including Ministries for science and development and for agriculture.
Prof. Adžić held positions as a Head and/or a Manager of many studies and development programs at the republic, municipal and/or regional level. He did numerous works of different context and dozens of development projects of enterprises. Now he participates in work on the Encyclopedia of Montenegro and he is one of the two coordinators on a long-term multidisciplinary project on “Piva and the Pivljans” aiming at publishing a multi volume work under the given title.
For his work he has been awarded by Order of Merit to the Nation with Silver Rays and numerous professional and state recognitions.

Pejović Ljubomir

(1941, Podgorica, Montenegro)
Mr. Pejović graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture, Novi Sad in 1966. He obtained his Master degree in 1975 and PhD degree in 1982 from the same Faculty.
He has worked at the Institute for Agriculture in Podgorica, now Biotechnical Institute first as research assistant than as senior adviser. He had been a chief of the Institute for grape and fruit growing. Since 1992 he has been Director of this Institute.
He is author and co-author of numerous scientific and research papers, studies, projects and reviews. He has worked on production of new grape varieties, and alone or in a cooperation with other researches he has created somewhere around 20 new varieties.
Mr. Pejović has participated at scientific meetings and congresses in the country and abroad and as an expert in this field he has been appointed a member of several Commissions at republic and state level.
For his work He has been awarded numerous awards and recognitions