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Vladimir Vujanovic Associate Professor and Agri-Food Innovation Chair

4E22 - Agriculture Building

Research Area(s)

  • Molecular mycology and biotechnology
  • Microbiome and endosymbionts
  • Biocontrol
  • Mycotoxins


Food and Biproduct Sciences

Areas of specialization

My specialization is microbiology with emphasis on molecular and functional mycology, microbial biotechnology, and bioproducts. My research and teaching interests include fungal taxonomy and diversity, genomics and epigenomics, proteomics, microbial bioinoculants, microbial endophytes, plant growth promoters, crops stress tolerance, fungal biocontrol agents against plant pests and microbial collection.


B.Sc., M.Sc. (Zagreb), Ph.D. (Belgrade)

Selected Recent Publications

Vujanovic, V., Chau, H.W. 2012. Monitoring Fusarium complex mycelia replacement by mycopathogenic Sphaerodesusing alcohol percentage test, qRT-PCR and HPLC. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology 80:28-34.

Vujanovic, V., Goh Y. 2012. qPCR quantification of Sphaerodes mycoparasitica biotrophic mycoparasite interaction withFusarium graminearum.  Archives of Microbiology  194:707-717.

 Yang, C., Hamel, C., Gan, Y., Vujanovic, V. 2012. Tag-encoded pyrosequencing analysis of the effects of fungicide application and plant genotype on rhizobacterial communities. Applied Soil Ecology 60: 92-97.

Chau, H.W., Goh, Y.K., Vujanovic, V., Si, B.C. 2012. Wetting properties of fungi mycelium alter soil infiltration and soil water repellency in a γ-sterilized wettable and repellent soil. Fungal Biology 116: 1212–1218

Vujanovic V., Goh Y.K., Daida P. 2012. Heat- and Cold-Shock Responses in Fusarium graminearum 3 Acetyl- and 15 Acetyl-Deoxynivalenol Chemotypes. Journal of Microbiology 50:97-102.

Vujanovic V., Goh Y.K. 2011. Sphaerodes mycoparasitica biotrophic mycoparasite of 3-Acetyldeoxynivalenol and 15- Acetyldeoxynivalenol-producing toxigenic Fusarium graminearum chemotypes. FEMS Microbiology Letters 316: 136-43.

Hubbard M, Germida J, Vujanovic V. 2012. Fungal endophytes improve wheat seed germination under heat and drought stress. Botany 90: 137-149.

Yang, C., Hamel, C., Gan, Y.T., Vujanovic, V. 2012. Non-target effects of foliar fungicide application on the rhizosphere: diversity of nifH gene and nodulation in chickpea field.  Journal of Applied Microbiology 112: 966–974.

Chao Y. Hamel C, Gan Y., Vujanovic V. 2012. Bacterial endophytes mediate positive feedback effects of early legume termination times on the yield of subsequent durum wheat crops. Canadian Journal of Microbiology 58: 1368-1377.

Corredor, A. H, Van Rees, K., Vujanovic, V. 2012. Changes in root-associated fungal assemblages within newly established clonal biomass plantations of Salix spp. Forest Ecology and Management 282: 105-114.

Vujanovic V., Mavragani D., Hamel, C. 2012. Fungal communities associated with durum wheat production system: A characterization by growth stage, plant organ and preceding crop. Crop Protection 37: 26-34. 

Vujanovic V., Ben Mansour M., 2011. Chemotaxonomic diagnostics: combining sucrose-water agar with TLC to discriminate Fusarium graminearum 3-acetyl-DON and 15-acetyl-DON chemotypes. Mycotoxin Research 37: 295-301.

Yuan X ., N. Low, Vujanovic V. 2011. Rapid detection of ciprofloxacin effects on Fusarium graminearum and F. avenaceum cells in modulating environmental pH using reactive, nontoxic food-dye indicator. Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology 32:242-248.

Mavragani D, Hamel C, Vujanovic V. 2011. Species-specific PCR-DGGE markers to distinguish Pyrenophora taxa associated to cereal seeds. Fungal Biology, 115: 169-175.

Yang, C., Hamel, C., Gan, Y.T., Vujanovic, V. 2011. Fungicide modes of action and possible impact on non-target microorganisms. ISRN Ecology. doi:10.5402/2011/130289.

Ben Mansour M., Vujanovic V. 2011. Rapid macroconidia production in Fusarium graminearum 3- and 15-acetyldeoxynivalenol (ADON) chemotypes using sucrose-water medium. Annals of Microbiology 62: 965-971.

Vujanovic V., Goh Y.K. 2011. Sphaerodes biotrophic mycoparasitism, and two new Fusarium hosts for S. mycoparasitica. Mycotaxon 114: 179-192.

Fernandez M., Vujanovic V. 2011. Improvement of emergence and performance of plants derived from red-smudged durum wheat seed by fungicide seed treatments. CanadianJournal of Plant Pathology 33: 19 -25.

Vujanovic, S. , Goh Y.K., Vujanovic, V. 2011 Natural fruit extracts as non-toxic fluorescent dyes for staining fungal chlamydospores. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 28:387-90.

Taheri, A. E., Hamel, C., Gan, Y., Vujanovic, V. 2011. First report of Fusarium redolens from Saskatchewan and its comparative pathogenicity. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 33: 559-564   


Lecture courses:

  • FABS 212.3 – Agri-Food and Resources Microbiology 
  • FABS 298.3 - Food Security
  • FABS 334.3 - Industrial Microbiology
  • FABS 430.3 – Environmental Microbiology 
  • FABS 432.3 – Microbial Bioproducts in Agriculture

Graduate courses:

  • APMC 830.3 – Advanced Environmental Microbiology
  • APMC 832.3 - Microbial Bioproducts in Agriculture