University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture

Prof. Snježana Kereša, PhD

Prof. Snježana Kereša, PhD

Department of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biometrics
Office location: 6th pavilion, 3rd floor, room 327
phone: +385 1 239 3801
e-mail: skeresa ( at ) agr.hr
Languages: croatian, english

Academic qualifications

  • 1998 - 2002: Ph. D.
    Genetic transformation of tobacco and potato plants for insect resistance using analogues of the squash trypsin inhibitor gene
  • 1994 - 1997: M.Sc.
    Cloning of PFTI gene and twelve synthetic CSTI variants
  • 1990 - 1994: Mag. ing. agr.
    Callognesis of in vitro cultivated mature embryos of maize (Zea mays L.)

Employment and work experience

  • 1994 - : University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    2020. Full Professor
    2014. Professor
    2009. Associate Professor
    2005. Assistant Professor
    2002. Senior Assistant
    1998. Assistant
    1995. Junior Assistant

Teaching

Research interests

  • Plant biotechnology
  • Micropropagation of fruit, vegetable and ornamental species
  • Genetic stability of micropropagated plants
  • Somatic embryogenesis
  • Somaclonal variations for resistance to abiotic stresses

Training and research experience

  • 16. 10. 2006. - 20. 10. 2006.: FAO and COMENIUS, Prague (Check Republic) (expert)
    Workshop "Utilization and management of biotechnology in crop production-focus on genetically modified (GM) maize"
  • 12. 04. 2004. - 24. 04. 2004.: University of Hohenheim, Germany (teaching)
    Stay at University of Hohenheim in the frame of Tempus project "Reform of Agriculture Studies in Croatia (JEP 17108)"
  • 21. 03. 2004. - 26. 03. 2004.: BOKU, Vienna, Austria (teaching)
    Stay at University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) in the frame of Tempus project "Reform of Agriculture Studies in Croatia (JEP 17108)"
  • 31. 03. 2000. - 31. 03. 2000.: International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, AREA Science Park, Trieste (Italy) (expert)
    Workshop „Biosafety 1. Science and Policy in Risk Assesment of Transgenic Organisms: A case Study Approach“
  • 15. 06. 1998. - 15. 06. 1999.: University of Udine, DiSA (Italy) (scientific)
    Genetic modifications of tobacco and potato for insect resistance; research experiments for doctoral thesis guided by Prof. S. Marchetti
  • 01. 08. 1996. - 28. 02. 1997.: University of Udine, DiSA (Italy) (scientific)
    Synthesis and cloning of proteinase mini-inhibitor genes for insect resistance; research experiments for master's thesis guided by Prof. S. Marchetti
  • 01. 06. 1996. - 31. 07. 1996.: University of Trieste, BBCM (Italy) (scientific)
    Cloning of synthetic genes coding for peptide with inhibitory activity against serin- and cistein proteases

Projects

scientific

Title Funding Status
Procjena genetske adaptabilnosti hrvatskog sortimenta kukuruza i soje u funkciji oplemenjivanja prema tolerantnosti na sušu Croatian science foundation in progress
Revitalizacija, selekcija i mikropropagacija poljoprivrednih kultura za održivi i ekološki uzgoj Sveučilište u Zagrebu in progress
Evaluacija genotipova pšenice tolerantnih na sušu, molekularna karakterizacija virusa smokve i mikropropagacija aromatičnih vrsta Sveučilište u Zagrebu finished
Mikropropagacija kapara te poboljšanje genetske osnove pšenice i duhana Sveučilište u Zagrebu finished
Procjena prirodne i inducirane varijabilnosti kod poljoprivrednih i aromatičnih vrsta Sveučilište u Zagrebu finished
Razvoj genetske varijabilnosti pšenice na abiotski stres, epigenska varijabilnost među populacijama crvene djeteline i samaklonovima pšenice i mikropropagacija ukrasnih vrsta Sveučilište u Zagrebu finished
Razvoj germplazme pšenice (Triticum aestivum L.) otporne na sušu MZOS finished
Razvoj metoda mikrorazmnožavanja i uvođenje u hortikulturu endemičnih perunika MZSO finished

expert

Title Funding Status
Nacionalni program očuvanja i održive uporabe biljnih genetskih izvora za hranu i poljoprivredu u Republici Hrvatskoj (2017-2020) Suradnja s tijelima uprave in progress
Revitalizacija proizvodnje češnjaka u Zadarskoj županiji Suradnja s tijelima uprave finished
Revitalizacija proizvodnje češnjaka u Zadrskoj županiji Suradnja s tijelima uprave finished

Publications

  • Kereša S., Stanković D., Batelja Lodeta K., Habuš Jerčić I., Bolarić S., Barić M., Bošnjak Mihovilović A. (2019) Efficient Protocol for the In Vitro Plantlet Production of Caper (Capparis orientalis Veill.) from the East Adriatic Coast. Agronomy, 9(6): 303, 11.
  • Bošnjak Mihovilović A., Barić M., Bolarić S., Safner T., Ćurković-Perica M., Mitić B., Bohanec B., Habuš Jerčić I., Kereša, Snježana (2019). Plant regeneration and clonal fidelity assessment of subendemic species Iris illyrica Tomm. originated from Croatia. Journal of central European agriculture, 20(1): 415-430.
  • Batelja Lodeta K., Vujević B., Žanetić M., Gugić J., Očić, V., Šakić Bobić B., Benčić Đ., Bošnjak Mihovilović A., Habuš Jerčić I., Čmelik Z., Kereša S. (2019).
    Evaluation of morphological and chemical characteristics and micropropagation of traditionally grown domesticated apple varieties in Croatia. Journal of Central European agriculture, 20(1): 274-291.
  • Kereša S., Mihovilović Bošnjak A., Barić M., Habuš Jerčić I., Šarčević H., Biško A. (2012). Efficient axillary shoot proliferation and in vitro rooting of apple cv. "Topaz". Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 40(1): 113-118.
  • Mihovilović Bošnjak A., Kereša S., Habuš Jerčić I., Barić M. (2012).
    The effect of cytokinin type and explant orientation on axillary shoot proliferation and in vitro rooting of Gisela 5 cherry rootstock. Journal of Food Agriculture & Environment, 10 (3&4): 616-620.
  • Kereša S., Mihovilović A., Ćurković-Perica M., Mitić B., Barić M., Vršek I., Marchetti S. (2009). In vitro regeneration of Croatian endemic species Iris adriatica Trinajstić ex Mitić. Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica, 51(2): 7-12.

Bibliography (CROSBI): https://bib.irb.hr/lista-radova?autor=207772

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=7WxUtWkAAAAJ&hl=hr

Other professional activities

  • 2010 - 2012: President of the Ethics Committee, University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
  • 2008 - 2017: Member of the Council for Genetically Modified Organisms
  • 2008 - 2017: Member of the Working Group for the registration of varieties of cereal crops
  • 2006 - 2017: Member of the Faculty Council, University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
  • 2002 - 2004: Member of Menagement Board of the Croatian Genetic Society