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Vladimir Vujanovic Associate Professor

Agri-Food Innovation Chair in Agricultural Microbiology and Bioproducts
(On sabbatical leave July 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018)

4E22 - Agriculture Building

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.


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

Selected Publications

Kim, S.H. and Vujanovic, V.  2017.  Biodegradation and biodetoxification of Fusarium mycotoxins by Sphaerodes mycoparasiticaAMB Express, 7: 145-154. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13568-017-0446-6

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.  https://doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2016-0261

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.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocontrol.2017.03.010

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.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s00253-016-7539-z

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.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10725-015-0127-x 

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.


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