Liasoning organizations

Department of General Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagreb University (ZU)

Department of General Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagreb University, responsible researcher- Dr. Zeljka Zgorelec, PhD

Dr. Zeljka Zgorelec is Associate Professor at the Department of General Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagreb University. She received BSc. and M.Sc. from the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology at Zagreb University and PhD from University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria.
She teaches courses in “Soil Chemistry”, “Recultivation of Polluted soils”, “Agroclimatology and Climate Change” and supervises Master and PhD thesis in soil pollution and phytoremediation. Currently she teaches courses for Joint Master Program in Agriculture and Food Security with the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria.

Her research interests are connected with soil degradation and protection, instrumental analytical methods, methods of validation, phyto- accumulation of trace elements from contaminated and natural soils, carbon and nitrogen management in soil related to climate change issues, soil CO2 efflux

Liasoning institution ZU and UJEP are closely cooperate in research within G4687 with the private family farm “Saint Elena”, Zagreb region.

Cooperation of UJEP with liasoning institutions – Zagreb University and family farm “Saint Elena”, Croatia is connected with the joint research on using M.xgiganteus for revitalization of the soils contaminated by heavy metals after military operation in Croatia. The another aspects of cooperation is about semi-field research on growing M.xgiganteus at the metal contaminated industrial soil from Bakar, Croatia, former mining site. Also jointly the plantation of Mxgigateus was erected at private family farm in 2016.

1. Business trip on April, 2016

Business trip of prof. Pidlisnyuk, UJEP to ZU and private farm “Saint Elena”had the following goals:

  • to discuss the main tasks and responsibilities within NATO SPS project G4687 “ New Phytotechnology for cleaning contaminated military sites” with Liaoning institutions- Zagreb University and Family farm “ Saint Elena”, Croatia
  • to erect a plantation of M.x giganteus at the family farm “Saint Elena

During visit prof. Pidlisnyuk, NPD, Czech Republic met with Dr. Zeljka Zgorelec and prof. Milan Mesic, Agricultural Faculty, Zagreb University (picture 1). She informed colleagues about the on-going activities within project G4687 which was approved on January 2016 and invited representatives of liasoning institution to participate (by skype) at preparatory meeting scheduled for April, 28 th in Kyiv, Ukraine. Also peculiarities of the semi-field experiments with M.xgiganteus planted at the former military site in Sliac, Slovakia was discussed. Dr. Zgorelec expressed a desire to attend training on laboratory equipment preliminary scheduled at UJEP for 2017.

The plantation of Miscanthus x gignateus was erected at village St.Elena with the assistance of member of family farm “St. Elena”, 325 rhyzomes of the plant were planted at the farm’s land (pictures 2). State of the plantation as for May, 25th is illustrated by pictures 3 and 4.

2. Knowledge exchange to liasoning institution ZU and sites’ visits to Bakar and Belovar

Sites’ visit of UJEP team represented by professor Pidlisnyuk and assoc.professor Trogl was in June 2016 to two locations contaminated by heavy metals in Croatia. The main goal was to test the propose developing phytotechnology for the industrial and abandoned land contaminated by metals in order to disseminate phytotechnology. Members of the UJEP team visited village Bakar where the soil is contaminated by heavy metals after former mining for military purpose, that activities posed a big negative environmental impact to the seas beach, inhabitant of village and state of water in the bay (picture 6 and 7). The research on using miscanthus for cleaning that soil was founded in 2015 and plant showed good growing at that site soil (picture 8). The another potential site for dissemination of phytotechnology in Croatia is agricultural land located in 60 km from Zagreb to the East near Belovar, where the military actions were provided during civil war. The land there may be contaminated by heavy metals and pesticides residues. Soil was taken from that place and delivered to Usti where joint UJEP-ZU experiment will start on 2017 regarding growing M. x giganteus (picture 9 and 10).

3. Visit of representatives of liasoning institution: ZU to UJEP, July 14, 2017

Professor Milan Mesic and Professor Dubravko Macesic from Agricultural department of ZU, liasoing institution of G4687, visited UJEP with site visit. While being at the Faculty of the environment, the round table discussion held about further joint research on phytoremediation (picture 11 and 12), also guests were presented the semi-field experiment on growing M.x giganteus at the soil, taken from former military site in Mimon, Czech Republic (picture 12).

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Visit to the green house at UJEP (from left to right) Ing.Roman Honzyk, prof. Dubravko Macesic, prof. Milan Mesic, Dr.Josef Trogl
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Discussion at UJEP on collaborative research (from left to right): prof. Milan Mesic, Ing. Roman Honzyk, Dr. Josef Trogl, Dr. Martin Neruda, Dean of the Faculty
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Sampling of soil at Vorozdin, Croatia: PhD student Luka Brezinscak (left) and Dr.Josef Trogl (right)
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prof. Valentina Pidlisnyuk and Dr.Josef Trogl observing the experiment with soil from Bakar, Croatia
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Meeting at ZU (from left to right): Dr.Josef Trogl, prof. Valentina Pidlisnyuk, prof. Milan Mesic, Dr.Zeljka Zgorelec
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Dr. Josef Trogl at the research site in Bakar, Croatia
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Member of St. Elena farm Maxim Kharchenko and prof. Valentina Pidlisnyuk during planting of Mxgiganteus at St.Elena farm, Croatia
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Deposit field of Mxgiganteus at St.Elena farm, Croatia
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Prof. Valentina Pidlisnyuk planting Mxgiganteus at St.Elena farm, Croatia
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meeting at ZU (from left to right): Dr.Zeljka Zgorelec, prof. Milan Mesic, prof. Valentina Pidlisnyuk

Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Science

Plant Protection Department, Faculty of Life Sciences and Technology, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Science, WUELS, Poland

The key point of scientific cooperation with NUES and UJEP within G4687 is reduction of risk that associated with b pests (insects, nematodes) while growing Miscanthus x gignateus biomass for biofuel production at the land, contaminated dues to military activities.

Responsible researcher- professor Jacek Twardowski, Plant Protection- Entomology jacek.twardowski@up.wroc.pl

Prof. Twardowski research interests are focused on integrated pest management within agricultural ecosystems. The specific objectives concerns ecological infrastructures affecting functional groups of pests and their natural enemies. Another possible subject goes to biodiversity of soil (springtails, mites) and epigeal biota (ground beetles, rove beetles, spiders) in human changed habitats. Has a number of research articles regarding pests associated with the biofuel crops.

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Young researcher Maria Ovruch (NULES) doing experiment with nematodes at WUELS
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Young researcher Maria Ovruch (NULES) while at scholarship at WUELS
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Professor Jacek Twardowski (WUELS), Mgr. Maria Obruch ( NULES) and Dr.Ivona Gruss (WUELS)

University Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (WMU)

Nematology Lab, University Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (WMU), Poland

The key objectives of the joint research with NUKEs, Ukraine within G4687 project is developing of cost effective ecological indicators for monitoring of soil health enhancement followed by introduction of phytotechnologies with Miscanthus xgiganteus.

The research is led by Dr. Andrzej Skwiercz, Adjunct professor at the Faculty of Environmental Management and Agriculture, WMU.

MSc. in Agriculture, PhD in Nematology. He is an expert and taxonomist in the field of Nematology and Plant Protection. His research interests is taxonomy of free leaving, plant parasitic and predators of natural habitats and plant parasitic nematodes composition and management in agriculture, floriculture. Has been engaged in providing extension services for farmers in the plant parasitic nematode management using bio-based methods of control while cultivating the first generation energy crop, in particularly related to Oilseed rape, soybeans and sunflowers pest. Recently collaborate with UJEP and NULES in study of nematodes as soil health indicators at phytotechnologies applied for revitalization of military contaminated sites.

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Dr. Tetyana Stefanovska and Dr. Andrzej Skwiercz at the collaborative research of nemadotes in Kyiv, Ukraine
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Joint research on nematodes, from left to right: Dr.Ludmila Kava (NULES), Dr. Andrzej Skwiercz WMU), Dr. Volodymir Kvak (NULES)
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Training of Dr. Andrzej Skwiercz for students majoring in Plant Protection at NULES