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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

Kim S.H., Vujanovic V. (2017). Biodegradation and biodetoxification of Fusarium mycotoxins by Sphaerodes mycoparasitica. AMB Express. 7:145-154.

Vujanovic V., Germida J.J. 2017. Seed endosymbiosis: a vital relationship in providing prenatal care to plants. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. doi: 10.1139/CJPS-2016-0261.

Vujanovic V., Daida Arla M., Daida P. (2017). qPCR assessment of aurofusarin gene expression in mycotoxigenic Fusarium species challenged with mycoparasitic and chemical control agents. Biological Control 109:51-57.

Kim, S.H., Vujanovic, V. (2016). Relationship between mycoparasites lifestyles and biocontrol behaviors against Fusarium spp. and mycotoxins production. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 100: 5257-5272.

Vujanovic, V., Yuan, X., Daida, P., Milunovic, B., Germida J. (2016). Manipulation of cold stratification and endophytic effects on expression patterns of RSG and KAO genes in coleorhiza of wheat seeds. Plant Growth Regulation. 72: 219–227.

Bazghaleh N., Hamel C., Gan Y., Knight D., Vujanovic V, Cruz AF and Ishii Y. (2016). Phytochemicals induced in chickpea roots selectively and non-selectively stimulate and suppress fungal endophytes and pathogens. Plant Soil. 409: 479-493

Hosseini-Nasabnia, Z., Van Rees, K., Vujanovic, V. (2016). Preventing unwanted spread of invasive fungal species in willow (Salix spp.) plantations. Journal of Plant Pathology. 38:325-337.

Sandmeyer, L.S., Vujanovic, V., Petrie, L., Campbell, J.R., Bauer, B.S., Allen, A.L., Grahn, B.H. (2015). Optic neuropathy in a herd of beef cattle in Alberta associated with consumption of moldy corn.The Canadian Veterinary Journal. 56: 249-56.

Hubbard, M., Germida, J., Vujanovic, V. (2014). Fungal endophyte colonization coincides with altered DNA methylation in drought-stressed wheat seedlings. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 94: 223-234.

Corredor, A., van Rees, K., Vujanovic, V. (2014). Host genotype and health status influence on the composition of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in Salix bioenergy plantations. Forest Ecology and Management. 314: 112-119.

Amichev, B.Y., Hangs, R.D., Konecsni, S.M., Stadnyk, N.C., Volk, T.A., Bélanger, N., Vujanovic, V., Schoenau, J.J., Moukoumi, J., Van Rees, K.C.J. (2014). Willow production systems for bioenergy feedstock and CO2 sequestration in Canada and northern U.S.A.: A Review. Soil Society of America Journal. 79: 168-182.

Chau, H.W., Biswas, A., Vujanovic, V., Si, B.C. (2014). Relationship between the severity, persistence of soil water repellency and the critical soil water content in water repellent soils. Geoderma. 22: 113-120.

Banerjee, S., Yuan, X., Germida, J.J., Vujanovic, V. (2014). Gene expression patterns in wheat coleorhiza under cold- and biological stratification. Microbiological Research. 169: 616-622.

Ellouze, W, Hamel, C., Vujanovic, V., Gan, Y., Bouzid, S., St-Arnaud, M. (2013). Chickpea genotypes shape the soil microbiome and affect the establishment of the subsequent durum wheat crop in the semiarid North American Great Plains. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 63: 129-141.

Hubbard, M., Germida, J.J., Vujanovic, V. (2013). Fungal endophytes enhance wheat heat and drought tolerance in terms of grain yield and second-generation seed viability. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 116:109-22.

Yang, C., 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.

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

Yang, C., Hamel, C., Vujanovic, V., Gan, Y. (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.

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., Vujanovic, V.(2012). Tag-encoded pyrosequencing analysis of the effects of fungicide application and plantgenotype 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.

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., Goh, Y.K. (2012). qPCR quantification of Sphaerodes mycoparasitica biotrophic mycoparasite interaction with Fusarium graminearum: in vitro and in planta assays. Archives of Microbiology. 194:707-717.

Vujanovic, S. , Goh, Y.K., Vujanovic, V.(2012). Natural fruit extracts as non-toxic fluorescent dyes for staining fungal chlamydospores. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. 28: 387-90.

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., 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.

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

Ben Mansour, M., Vujanovic, V. (2011). Rapid macroconidia production in Fusarium graminearum 3- and15-acetyldeoxynivalenol (ADON) chemotypes using sucrose-water medium. Annals of Microbiology. 62:965-971.

Taheri, A., Chantal, H., Gan, Y.T., Vujanovic, V. (2011). First report of Fusarium redolens from Saskatchewan and its comparative pathogenicity. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. 33: 559-564.

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. 27: 295-301.

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: 136-143.

Yang, C., Hamel, C., Gan, Y.T., Vujanovic, V. (2011). Fungicide Modes of Action and Possible Impact on Nontarget Microorganisms. ISRN Ecology http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/130289. ID 130289: p.8.

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

Chau, H.W., Goh, Y.K., Si, B.C., Vujanovic, V. (2011). An innovative brilliant blue FCF method for fluorescent staining of fungi and bacteria. Biotechnic and Histochemistry. 86: 280-287.

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

Vujanovic, V., Goh, Y.K. (2011). Mycoparasites of Fusarium pathogens on wheat: From Taxonomy, Genomics and Proteomics to Biotechnology. Wheat: Genetics, Crops and Food Production. : 297-314. Published, Nova Science Publishers, NY

Hubbard, M., Germida, J., Vujanovic, V.(2011). Agricultural Potential of Fungal Endophytes of Grasses, Cereals and Wheat. Wheat: Genetics, Crops and Food Production. : 333-345. Published, Nova Science Publishers, NY

Yergeau, E., Labour, K., Hamel, C., Vujanovic, V., Nakano-Hylander, A., Jeannotte, R., St-Arnaud, M. (2010). Patterns of Fusarium community structure and abundance in relation to spatial, abiotic and biotic factors in soil. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 71: 34-42.

Goh, Y.K, Vujanovic, V. (2010). Biotrophic mycoparasitic interactions between Sphaerodes mycoparasiticaand phytopathogenic Fusariumspecies. Biocontrol Sciences and Technology. 20: 891-901.

Goh, Y.K., Vujanovic, V. (2010). Sphaerodes quadrangularis biotrophic mycoparasitism on Fusarium avenaceum. Mycologia. 102: 757-762.

Vujanovic, V., Goh, Y.K.(2010). Sphaerodes mycoparasites and new Fusarium hosts for S. mycoparasitica. Mycotaxon. 114: 179-192.

Chau, H.W., Goh, Y.K., Si, B.C., Vujanovic, V. (2010). Assessment of alcohol percentage test for fungal surface hydrophobicity measurement. Letters in Applied Microbiology. 50: 295-300.

Abdellatif, L., Bouzid, S., Kaminskyj, S., Vujanovic, V. (2010). Endophytic hyphal compartmentalization is required for successful symbiotic Ascomycota association with root cells. Mycological Research113:782-791.

Abdellatif, L., Fernandez, M., Bouzid, S., Vujanovic, V. (2010). Characterization of virulence and PCRDGGE profiles of Fusarium avenaceum from western Canadian Prairie Ecozone of Saskatchewan. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. 32: 1171-1180.


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