We were informed that our previous EU officer Nadine Robberecht passed away after a short illness. To all of us Nadine will be remembered as a dear person and valuable EU officer. Her great understanding and useful advices very much helped in preparing the final version of AREA project and later in the project lifetime. With a full understanding of the difficulties that we faced, Nadine encouraged us to persevere and achieve everything we planned. We are very grateful for all she has done for us and our project. On behalf of all participants of the AREA project Prof.
AREA Project was presented at the joint meeting of 2nd International Conference on Plant Biology,21st Symposium of the Serbian Plant Physiology Society and
COST ACTION FA1106 QUALITYFRUIT Workshop that was held at Petnica Science Center, Valjevo, 17-20th June, 2015. WP2 activity.
International conference entitled: “7th International Conference WATER & FISH“ constitutes one of the core elements of the AREA project dissemination activities. The Conference was held at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade, from June 10 - 12, 2015. The aim of the Conference was: to present recent research results; exchange knowledge; enable networking of scientists; strengthening regional, macroregional, European, and global cooperation between researchers in the area of aquatic sciences, aquaculture, water management, and fishery.
BIODIV research group hosted Prof. Jürgen Dengler from 04. to 07. June 2015. prof. Dengler presented lecture "Large-scale analyses of grassland data in Europe: biodiversity patterns and classification" .
Prof. Zora Dajić Stevanović (BIODIV group) visited Akdeniz University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Field Crops, Antalya, Turkey and Bati Akdeniz Agriculture Research Institute, Antalya,Turkey from 22th to 26th April 2015.
Milica Pavličević, PhD student from FOODBIOCHEM group completed the training in working with nanoparticles. Training lasted from 12th April- 12th June 2015 and it was done at Department of life sciences at University of Parma under supervision of prof. Elena Maestri and prof. Nelson Marmiroli. The aim was to compare results obtained by genomics and peptidomics with results of physiological assays and biochemical tests. During training effect of Cd QDs on physiological functions of model plants (Aradobsis thaliana) was examined.
Dr Dragan Nikolić, Full Professor (FRUITBREED group) visited Fruit Tree Research Centre (CRA-FRU), Rome, Italy, from 03 to 10 June 2015. The aim of visit was to inform researchers from Fruit Tree Research Centre about AREA activity, aiming to increase AREA networking and finding partners for future collaboration. WP1 activity, Fact Finding Visit
AREA project organized the first Workshop „AREA networking“ that was held 25-26 May 2015 at the Faculty of Agriculture in Belgrade. The overall objective of the Workshop, as a stimulating forum for exchange of ideas and experience, was to provide information about research topics in the area of agricultural and food sciences for future collaboration of AREA teams with the relevant potential EU, national and regional partnering institutions and SMEs.
AREA project was presented at 82th Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad which is the leading trade fair in the field of agribusiness in the Western Balkans and Southeastern Europe. The fair was visited by more than 100,000 visitors. AREA groups and their expertise were presented by appropriate printed promotional material as well as the Faculty of Agriculture and some of its products.
Assist. Prof. Zorica Ranković-Vasić (FRUITBREED group) completed training in DNA-based technologies. The training was organized at School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, Reading, UK from 20th April to 23th May 2015, under the supervision of Dr. Paul Hadley, Dr. Matthew Ordidgeand Dr. George Gibbings. The aim of training was to learn new skills and molecular methods from DNA-based technologies, which will allow the team to advance research in grape breeding with special attention to variability between collected samples of different grapevine cultivars.