University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture

Assoc. Prof. Darko Vončina, PhD

Assoc. Prof. Darko Vončina, PhD

Department of Plant Pathology
Office location: 3rd Pavilion, 1st floor
phone: +385 1 239 3971
e-mail: dvoncina ( at ) agr.hr
Languages: Croatian, English
Consultations: Tursday from 10 am to 12 pm

Academic qualifications

  • 2011: PhD
    University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    Detection of viruses on autochthonous grapevine cultivars (Vitis vinifera L.) from Dalmatia using serological, molecular and biological methods
  • 2005: MSc
    University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    Predator efficacy of Adalia bipunctata L. larvae and adults on aphids

Employment and work experience

  • 2018 - : University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    associate professor
  • 2016 - 2018: University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    assistant professor
  • 2015 - 2016: University of California Berkeley
    "Ecology of an emerging grapevine virus in Croatia and California", project manager
    http://www.newfelpro.hr/default.aspx?ID=2341
  • 2013 - 2015: University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    assistant professor
  • 2011 - 2013: University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    senior assistant
  • 2005 - 2011: University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    assistant

Teaching

Research interests

  • Plant virology
  • Viral diseases of grapevine
  • Transmission of grapevine viruses by vectors
  • Epidemiology of plant diseases and forecasting
  • Use of next generation sequencing in detection of plant viruses

Training and research experience

  • 01. 09. 2015. - 31. 08. 2016.: University of California Berkeley (scientific)
    "Ecology of an emergin grapevine virus in Croatia and California", project manager, Marie Curie FP7-PEOPLE-2011-COFUND
    http://www.newfelpro.hr/default.aspx?ID=2341
  • 10. 06. 2011. - 10. 08. 2011.: Instituto di Virologia vegetale - Sezione di Bari del CNR, Bari, Italy (expert)
    Transmission of grapevine viruses by vectors , Morphological and molecular identification of mealybugs (Pseudococcidae)

Projects

scientific

Title Funding Status
Application of next generation sequencing for the study and diagnosis of plant viral diseases in agriculture COST in progress
Sustainable control of grapevine trunk diseases COST in progress
Standardizacija molekularne dijagnostike uzročnika biljnih bolesti Sveučilište u Zagrebu in progress
Ecology of an emerging grapevine virus in Croatia and California FP7 in progress
BISTEC - Building Innovation Support Through Efficient Cooperation Network IPA finished
Enhancement of Collaboration between Science, Industry and Farmers: Technology Transfer for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Sugar Beet as the Way to Improve Farmer's Income and Reduce Pesticide Use IPA finished
Inovativne tehnologije povećanja iskorištenja dušika u proizvodnji ječma Sveučilište u Zagrebu finished
Istraživanje manje poznatih i neistraženih patogena smokve na području Republike Hrvatske Sveučilište u Zagrebu finished
Identifikacija fitopatogena molekularnim i drugim metodama MZOS finished

expert

Title Funding Status
Revitalizacija proizvodnje češnjaka u Zadarskoj županiji Suradnja s tijelima uprave finished
Revitalizacija proizvodnje češnjaka u Zadrskoj županiji Suradnja s tijelima uprave finished
Poboljšanje kvalitete sadnog materijala višnje Maraske zdravstvenom selekcijom i genetičkom evaluacijom VIP - Vijeće za istraživanja u poljoprivredi finished

Publications

  • Prator, C. A., Kashiwagi, C. M., Vončina, D., Almeida, R.P.P. (2017) Infection and Colonization of Nicotiana benthamiana by Grapevine leafroll-associated virus 3. Virology, 510, 60-66.
  • Vončina, D., Al Rwahnih, M., Rowhani, A., Gouran, M., Almeida, R.P.P. (2017) Viral Diversity in Autochthonous Croatian Grapevine Cultivars. Plant disease, 101 (7), 1230-1235.
  • Hančević, K., Zdunić, G., Vončina, D., Radić, T. (2015) Virus composition influences virus elimination success and in vitro growth characteristics of the Grapevine cv. Plavac mali. Journal of plant pathology, 97 (1), 199-202.
  • Marković, Z., Preiner, D., Stupić, D., Andabaka, Ž., Šimon, S., Vončina, D., Maletić, E., Karoglan Kontić, J., Chatelet, P., Engelmann, F. (2015) Cryopreservation and cryotherapy of grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.). Vitis, 54 (Special Issue), 247-251.
  • Vončina, D., Šimon, S., Đermić, E., Cvjetković, B., Pejić, I., Maletić, E., Karoglan Kontić, J. (2011) Differential properties of Grapevine virus B (GVB) isolates from Croatian autochthonous grapevine culitvars (Vitis vinifera L.). Journal of plant pathology, 93 (2), 283-289.
  • Vončina, D., Šimon, S., Đermić, E., Cvjetković, B., Pejić, I., Maletić, E., Karoglan Kontić, J. (2010) Distribution and partial molecular characterization of Grapevine leafroll-associated virus 2 (GLRaV-2) found in Croatian autochthonous grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) germplasm. Journal of plant diseases and protection, 117 (5), 194-200.

Bibliography (CROSBI): https://www.bib.irb.hr/pregled/znanstvenici/278885?w_mentor=1

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=20P1kYEAAAAJ&hl=en

Other professional activities

  • 2017: Ministry of Agriculture
    Work group for draft version of Ordinance of measures for prevention of spread and elimination of grapevine flavescence dorée phytoplasma, member
  • 2016: American Phytopatological Society
    Virology Committee, member
  • 2016: American Phytopatological Society
    Vector-Pathogen Complexes Committee, member
  • 2015: Journal of Central European Agriculture (JCEA)
    Editorial board, member
  • 2009: International Council for the Study of Virus and Virus-like Diseases of the Grapevine
    member
  • 2005: Croatian Plant Protection Society
    member