College of Agriculture and Bioresources

Research Area(s)

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


Food and Bioproduct 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.

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  • Ph.D., University of Belgrade, Serbia 
  • M.Sc., University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • B.Sc., University of Zagreb, Croatia 

Selected Publications

Kim S.H.; Vujanovic V (2022) ATP-Binding Cassette (ABC) Transporters in Fusarium Specific Mycoparasite Sphaerodes mycoparasitica during Biotrophic Mycoparasitism. Appl. Sci. 2022, 12, 7641.

Kim S.H.; Vujanovic V (2021) Early transcriptomic response of the mycoparasite Sphaerodes mycoparasitica to the mycotoxigenic Fusarium graminearum 3-ADON, the cause of Fusarium head blight. Bioresources and Bioprocessing 8:127. 

Powell, A.J.; Vujanovic, V. (2021) Evolution of Fusarium Head Blight Management in Wheat: Scientific Perspectives on Biological Control Agents and Crop Genotypes Protocooperation. Applied Sciences 11, 8960.  

Kim, S.H., Lahlali, R., Karunakaran, S., Vujanovic, V. (2021) Specific mycoparasite-Fusarium graminearum molecular signatures in germinating seeds disabled Fusarium Head Blight pathogen’s infection. International Journal of Molecular Science, 22(5), 2461.

Vujanovic, V. (2021) Tremellomycetes yeasts in kernel ecological niche: Early indicators of enhanced competitiveness of endophytic and mycoparasitic symbionts against wheat pathobiota. Plants, 10(5), 905.

Ganeshan, S., Kim, S.H., Vujanovic, V. (2021) Scaling‑up production of plant endophytes in bioreactors: concepts, challenges and perspectives. Bioresources and Bioprocessing, 8:63.

Vujanovic, V., Kim, S.H., Latinovic, J., Latinovic, N. (2020) Natural fungicolous regulators of Biscogniauxia destructiva sp. nov. that causes Beech Bark Tarcrust in Southern European (Fagus sylvatica) forests. Microorganisms, 8(12), 1999.

Goh, Y.K., Marzuki, N.F., Pa, T.N.F.T., Goh, T.-K., Kee, Z.S., Goh, Y.K., Yusof, M.T., Vujanovic, V., Goh, K.J. (2020) Biocontrol and plant-growth-promoting traits of Talaromyces apiculatus and Clonostachys rosea consortium against Ganoderma Basal Stem Rot disease of Oil Palm. Microorganisms, 8(8), 1138.

Vujanovic, V., Korber, D.R., Vujanovic, S., Vujanovic, Jabaji, S. (2020) Scientific Prospects for Cannabis-Microbiome Research to Ensure Quality and Safety of Products. Microorganisms, 8: 290.

Kumari, V., Vujanovic, V. (2020). Transgenerational benefits of endophytes on resilience and antioxidant genes expressions in pea (Pisum sativum L.) under osmotic stress. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 42: 49.

Vujanovic. V., Islam M.N., Daida, P. 2019. Transgenerational role of seed mycobiome – an endosymbiotic fungal composition as a prerequisite to stress resilience and adaptive phenotypes in Triticum.  Scientific Reports - Nature, 9:18483.

Vujanovic, V.,  Kim, S.H.. Lahlali, R., and Karunakaran, C. 2019. Spectroscopy and SEM imaging reveal endosymbiont-dependent components changes in germinating kernel through direct and indirect coleorhiza-fungus interactions under stress. Scientific Reports, 9:1665.

Jiang, Y. Davis, A.R., Vujanovic, V., and Buecker, R.A. 2019. Reproductive development response to high daytime temperature in field pea. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science,

Kim S.H., Vujanovic V. 2018. Changes in mycoparasite-Fusarium hosts interfaces in response to hostile environment as revealed by water contact angle and atomic force microscopy. Biological Control 121: 247-255

Kumari, V. Germida, J., and Vujanovic, V. 2018. Legume endosymbionts: Drought stress tolerance in second‐generation chickpea (Cicer arietinum) seeds. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science, 204: 529-540.

Vujanovic, V., and Kim, S.-H. 2018. Adaptability of mitosporic stage in Sphaerodes mycoparasitica towards its mycoparasitic-polyphagous lifestyle. Mycologia, 16:701-709.

Vidovic, S. Medihala, P.,Dynes, J.J., Daida, P., Vujanovic, V., Hitchcock, A.P., Shetty, D., Zhang, H., Brown, D.R., Lawrence, J.R., and Korber. D.R. 2018. Importance of the RpoE regulon in maintaining the lipid bilayer during antimicrobial treatment with the polycationic agent, chlorhexidine. Proteomics, 18(3-4) 1700285.

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

Vujanovic V. and Germida J.J.  2017.  Seed endosymbiosis: a vital relationship in providing prenatal care to plants.  Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 97(6): 972-981.

Vujanovic, V., Daida, A.M., and 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. and Vujanovic, V.  2016.  Relationship between mycoparasites lifestyles and biocontrol behaviors against Fusarium spp. and mycotoxins production.  Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 100(12): 5257-5272.

Vujanovic, V., Yuan, X., Daida, P., Milunovic, B., and 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, 79(2): 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.