University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture

Assist. Prof. Lidija Svečnjak, PhD

Office location: Apiary
phone: +385 1 2393 995
e-mail: lsvecnjak ( at ) agr.hr
Languages: Croatian, English
Consultations: Wednesday, from 10 am to 1 pm

Academic qualifications

  • 2009 - 2015: PhD
    University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    Infrared spectroscopy for the identification of the botanical and geographical origin of honey
  • 2000 - 2008: mag. ing. agr.
    University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    Breeding value estimation of Carniolan queens (Apis mellifera carnica) in Croatia

Employment and work experience

  • 2016 - : University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    Assistant Professor
  • 2015 - 2016: University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    Postdoctoral Researcher
  • 2015 - 2015: Postdoctoral researcher
    Assistant
  • 2009 - 2015: University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    Young Researcher

Teaching

Research interests

  • Analysis of bee products (FTIR-ATR spectroscopy, physico-chemical analyses, sensory analysis)
  • Honey bee biology
  • Honey bee diseases

Training and research experience

  • 27. 06. 2017. - 09. 08. 2017.: Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, Novi Zeland (scientific)
    Training and collaboration in the field of ecology and apiculture
  • 09. 04. 2013. - 12. 04. 2013.: CRA - API (Agriculture Research Council - Research Unit for Apiculture and Sericulture) Bologna, Italy (expert)
    Introduction course to the sensory analysis of honey
  • 19. 11. 2012. - 18. 12. 2012.: Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI), Institute of Infectology (IMED), German National Reference Laboratory for Bee Diseases, Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany (scientific)
    Training in identification of small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) i Tropilaelaps-mites, ERIC-PCR genotyping of Paenibacillus larvae, RT-PCR/PCR analysis of deformed wing virus (DWV) and acute bee paralysis virus (ABPV)
  • 30. 04. 2012. - 12. 05. 2012.: Swiss Bee Research Center, Agroscope Liebefeld-Posieux Research Station ALP, Bern, Switzerland (scientific)
    An infrared insight into honeybee haemolymph: a diagnostic potentials (COST Action FA 0803 - COLOSS, STSM grant)
  • 06. 02. 2012. - 08. 02. 2012.: Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia (scientific)
    Methodological courses in biology and medicine “Molecular phylogeny”
  • 01. 02. 2011. - 01. 12. 2014.: Ruđer Bošković Institute, Department of organic chemistry and biochemistry, Laboratory for molecular spectroscopy, Zagreb, Croatia (scientific)
    Training in the field of infrared spectroscopy (FTIR-ATR technique applied in analysis of honey and beeswax, chemometrics) within the frame of postgraduate study and joint PhD thesis
  • 19. 07. 2010. - 21. 08. 2010.: Swiss Bee Research Center, Agroscope Liebefeld-Posieux Research Station ALP, Bern, Switzerland (scientific)
    Interactions between Varroa destructor, bacteria and viruses at the individual honeybee level, in vitro larvae rearing (COST Action FA 0803 - COLOSS, STSM grant)
  • 22. 03. 2010. - 26. 03. 2010.: Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia (scientific)
    Methodological courses in biology and medicine “DNA and RNA”
  • 08. 11. 2009. - 05. 12. 2009.: Swiss Bee Research Center, Agroscope Liebefeld-Posieux Research Station ALP, Bern, Switzerland (scientific)
    Training in molecular tools for honey bee pathogens (bacteria, viruses)

Projects

scientific

Title Funding Status
Sustainable pollination in Europe - joint research on bees and other pollinators (SUPER-B) COST in progress
Utjecaj ksenobiotika i stresora na autohtone životinjske vrste i njihove nusproizvode Sveučilište u Zagrebu in progress
Fizikalno-kemijske i senzorske karakteristike meda od ljekovite kadulje (Salvia officinalis L.) National finished
Identifikacija stresora na autohtone životinjske vrste i utjecaj na nusprodukte njihova metabolizma Sveučilište u Zagrebu finished
Održivi sustavi proizvodnje i korištenja ratarskih kultura Sveučilište u Zagrebu finished
Utvrđivanje rezidua akaricida i patvorina u pčelinjem vosku Sveučilište u Zagrebu finished
Palinološke odlike nektara i meda od ljekovite kadulje (Salvia officinalis) MZOS finished

expert

Title Funding Status
Ishođenje oznake zaštite izvornosti za „Dalmatinski med“ Suradnja s tijelima uprave in progress
Izrada dokumentacije za zaštitu „Zagorskog bagremovog meda“ Suradnja s tijelima uprave in progress
Uspostavljanje testnih pčelinjaka u Republici Hrvatskoj : Agencija za plaćanja u poljoprivredi, ribarstvu i ruralnom razvoju finished
Primjena plinske kromatografije u analizi kakvoće meda prije i nakon zagrijavanja Agencija za plaćanja u poljoprivredi, ribarstvu i ruralnom razvoju finished
Utjecaj epidemiologije bolesti i vanjskih čimbenika na biološko-uzgojno stanje pčelinjih zajednica Agencija za plaćanja u poljoprivredi, ribarstvu i ruralnom razvoju finished
Utjecaj patvorenja satnih osnova na sigurnost, sastav i kakvoću meda i pčelinjeg voska Agencija za plaćanja u poljoprivredi, ribarstvu i ruralnom razvoju finished
Primjena nutraceutika u pčelarstvu VIP - Vijeće za istraživanja u poljoprivredi finished

Publications

  • Svečnjak, L., Prđun, S., Rogina, J., Bubalo, D. & Jerković, I. (2017) Characterization of Satsuma mandarin (Citrus unshiu Marc.) nectar-to-honey transformation pathway using FTIR-ATR spectroscopy. Food chemistry, 232, 286-294. doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2017.03.159.
  • Jerković, I., Prđun, S., Marijanović, Z., Zekić, M., Bubalo, D., Svečnjak, L. & Tuberoso, G. (2016) Traceability of Satsuma Mandarin (Citrus unshiu Marc.) Honey through Nectar/Honey-Sac/Honey Pathways of the Headspace, Volatiles, and Semi-Volatiles: Chemical Markers. Molecules, 21 (10), 1302-1. doi:10.3390/molecules21101302.
  • Svečnjak, L., Baranović, G., Vinceković, M., Prđun, S., Bubalo, D. & Tlak Gajger, I. (2015) An approach for routine analytical detection of beeswax adulteration using FTIR-ATR spectroscopy. Journal of apicultural science, 59 (2), 37-49. doi:10.1515/jas-2015-0018.
  • Jerković, I., Tuberoso, C., Baranović Goran, Marijanović, Z., Kranjac, M., Svečnjak, L. & Kuś, P. (2015) Characterization of Summer Savory (Satureja hortensis L.) Honey by Physico-Chemical Parameters and Chromatographic / Spectroscopic Techniques (GC-FID/MS, HPLC-DAD, UV/VIS and FTIR-ATR). Croatica chemica acta, 88 (1), 15-22. doi:10.5562/cca2514.
  • Svečnjak, L., Bubalo, D., Baranović, G. & Novosel, H. (2015) Optimization of FTIR-ATR spectroscopy for botanical authentication of unifloral honey types and melissopalynological data prediction. European food research and technology, 240 (6), 1101-1115. doi:10.1007/s00217-015-2414-1.
  • Jerković, I., Kranjac, M., Šuste, M., Kuś, P. & Svečnjak, L. (2015) Rhamnus frangula L. honey : screening of volatile organic compounds and their composition after short-term heating. Chemistry of natural compounds, 51 (6), 1174-1177. doi:10.1007/s10600-015-1523-1.

Bibliography (CROSBI): https://www.bib.irb.hr/pregled/znanstvenici/316672

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.hr/citations?hl=hr&user=9pQsplsAAAAJ

Other professional activities

  • 2016: Organization
    International Honey Commission (IHC), Working Group “Authenticity of Bee Products”, member
  • 2016: Journal
    „Croatian Bee“, Editorial board member
  • 2015: Activity
    Head of the Laboratory for bee products analysis and bee biology
  • 2013: Organization
    Honey bee research association COLOSS (Prevention of honeybee colony losses), member
  • 2012 - 2012: Organization
    Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan (Hubei), Kina
    Bilateral cooperation China - Croatia (Croatian and Chinese scientific and technological cooperation)
    invited lecture (Analytical authentication of the botanical origin of Croatian honey types)
  • 2010 - 2010: Activity
    Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Austria
    COLOSS Workshop “Method standardization for larval tests”
  • 2009 - 2007: Activity
    Swiss Bee Research Center, Agroscope Liebefeld-Posieux Research Station ALP, Bern, Switzerland
    COLOSS Workshop „New molecular tools“
  • 2009: Activity
    Honey Sensory Competitions (County level), sensory analyst (Committee member)
  • 2006 - 2010: Journal
    International scientific electronic journal “Journal of Central European Agriculture” (JCEA), University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture, Technical board