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MSc. 2009, Phytopathology, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. Advisor: Dr. Jelica Balaz. Thesis: Monitoring of Infection Intensity and Development of Specific Symptom Types in Apple Fire Blight.
BSc. 2005, Plant Protection, University of Belgrade, Serbia. Advisor: Dr. Goran Delibasic. Thesis: Eutypa Dieback Appearance in Some Grapevine Growing Regions in Serbia.
Trunk injection approach and technology for disease and insect control in fruit trees. Projects encompass applied and fundamental aspects of fruit tree trunk injection with conventional and alternative plant protective compounds. The research foci are protective compound distribution properties in apple tree crown after trunk injection and control of apple scab (Venturia inaequalis) and fire blight (Erwinia amylovora) with trunk injected SAR inducers and fungicides.
Chemical, alternative and molecular fruit tree disease management, SAR inducers, trunk injection and innovative plant protection technology application in fruit tree industry, biology and genetics of plant pathogens, apple scab, fire blight.
Recent Awards and Honors:
2012 Fruit Industry Scholarship, Michigan State Horticultural Society
2012 A.L. Rogers Endowed Research Scholarship, Michigan State University
2008 Scholarship of Ministry of Science of the Republic of Serbia
2002 Norway Kingdom Embassy Fellowship - The 500 Best Students of Universities in the Republic of Serbia
Acimovic, S. G., Balaz, J. S., Acimovic D. Dj., Reeb, P. D. 2013. The High Magnitude of Fire Blight (Erwinia amylovora) Symptom Development and Canker Formation from July Onwards on Two Apple Cultivars under Severe Natural Infections. In press: Journal of Plant Pathology (JPP).
Balaz, J., Acimovic, S., Aleksic, G., Bodroza, M., Cvetkovic, B. 2010. Evaluation of possibilities for Venturia inaequalis Control with Environmentally Friendly Formulations. Pesticides & Phytomedicine, Scientific Journal of Plant Protection Society of Serbia, vol. 25 (4): 335-342.