University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture

Prof. Zlatko Svečnjak, PhD

Prof. Zlatko Svečnjak, PhD

Department of Field Crops, Forages and Grasslands
Office location: 6th pavilion, 3rd floor, room 321
phone: +385 1 239 3774
e-mail: svecnjak ( at ) agr.hr
Languages: Croatian, English, French
Consultations: Wednesday from 10 to 11 AM

Academic qualifications

  • 2000 - 2003: Ph.D. in Agronomy
    University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture, Croatia
    Dissertation: Yield and yield component of corn crop as affected by cropping intensity
  • 1996 - 2000: M.S. in Agronomy
    University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture, Croatia
    Thesis: Winter wheat nitrogen fertilization under various production systems
  • 1991 - 1996: B.S. in Agronomy
    University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture, Croatia
    Thesis: Yield and yield components of winter wheat

Employment and work experience

  • 1996 - : University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    Research work focuses on sustainable cropping systems and alternative practices for staple crops of Croatia (winter wheat and corn). This applied research is quickly transferred to Croatian farmers. Educational work involves teaching and training of undergraduate and postgraduate students on courses “Production of field crops” and “Cereals” as well as supervision of student research projects and examination of post-graduate research theses for the degrees of MS and PhD.


    Previous Professional Experience:
    Associate Professor of Agronomy, University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    50% Research/50% Teaching; January 2009 through December 2014

    Assistant Professor of Agronomy, University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    50% Research/50% Teaching; February 2005 through December 2008

    Senior Lecturer and Research Associate, University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    April 2003 through January 2005

    Lecturer and Research Assistant, University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    February 1996 through March 2003


    Advisory Work:
    • sharing of research results at field days tours, extension meetings and through farmers training,
    • over 100 professional papers written for crops managers and farmers in Croatia.

Teaching

Research interests

  • sustainable agronomic practices and operations for field crops

Training and research experience

  • 30. 01. 2017. - 15. 12. 2017.: University of Lincoln - Nebraska (scientific)
    Fulbright Visiting Scholar
  • 01. 11. 2005. - 26. 02. 2006.: University of Western Australia (scientific)
    Research work
  • 29. 12. 2003. - 30. 12. 2004.: University of Western Australia (scientific)
    Postdoc specialization after being awarded the prestigious Australia - Europe Scholarship. Research work on canola (Brassica napus L.) cultivars grown under glasshouse conditions.
  • 01. 05. 2003. - 30. 10. 2003.: Rothamsted Research, England (scientific)
    Research work on investigating N fertilisation interactions with other important management choices such as disease and weed control in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) production.
  • 02. 01. 1998. - 03. 10. 1998.: INRA Grignon, France (scientific)
    Research on developing more efficient and environmentally friendly methods of fertilisation for wheat grown in various cropping systems within the large-scale field experiments.
  • 15. 07. 1997. - 16. 10. 1997.: Long Ashton Research Station, England (scientific)
    Research work on the effects, interactions and ecological implications of cereals grown under an integrated farming systems approach.

Projects

scientific

Title Funding Status
Održivi sustavi proizvodnje i korištenja ratarskih kultura Sveučilište u Zagrebu in progress
Održivi sustavi proizvodnje i korištenja ratarskih kultura Sveučilište u Zagrebu finished
Održivi sustavi proizvodnje žitarica Sveučilište u Zagrebu finished
Održivi sustavi proizvodnje ratarskih kultura MZOS finished
Prag odluke za presijavanje kukuruza MZOS finished

Publications

  • Svečnjak, Z., M. Jenel, M. Bujan, D. Vitali, I. Vedrina Dragojević. 2013. Trace element concentrations in the grain of wheat cultivars as affected by nitrogen fertilization. Agricultural and Food Science 22:445-451.
  • Svečnjak, Z., Z. Rengel. 2006. Nitrogen utilization efficiency in canola cultivars at grain harvest. Plant & Soil 283:299–307.
  • Svečnjak, Z., Z. Rengel. 2006. Canola cultivars differ in nitrogen utilization efficiency at vegetative stage. Field Crops Research 97:221–226.
  • Varga, B., Z. Svečnjak. 2006. The effect of late-season urea spraying on grain yield and quality of winter wheat cultivars under low and high basal nitrogen fertilization. Field Crops Research 96:125–132.
  • Svečnjak, Z., B. Varga, J. Butorac. 2006. Yield components of apical and subapical ear contributing to the grain yield responses of prolific maize at high and low plant populations. Journal of Agronomy & Crop Science 192:37-42.

Bibliography (CROSBI): https://bib.irb.hr/lista-radova?autor=226661

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=bzUFo18AAAAJ&hl=en