Department of Plant Pathology

of Plant Pathology

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture
Svetošimunska cesta 25, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Pavilion 3, 1st Floor

Department SecretaryPhoneE-mail (+
Snježana Vilić, Department Secretary
Administrative Assistant
+385 1 239 3780fito
Scientific-teaching employeesPhoneE-mail (+
Assoc. Prof. Joško Kaliterna, PhD, Head of Department
Associate Professor
+385 1 239 3780jkaliterna
Prof. Tihomir Miličević, PhD
Full Professor
Prof. Edyta Đermić, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Snježana Topolovec-Pintarić, PhD
Associate Professor
Assoc. Prof. Darko Vončina, PhD
Associate Professor
+385 1 462 7975dvoncina
Katarina Martinko, PhD
Postdoctoral Student
Expert-technical employeesPhoneE-mail (+
Mladen Poletti Kopešić
Technical Assistant
+385 1 239 3780mpkopesic

Teaching activities

The teaching activity of Department of Plant Pathology covers the whole field of plant pathology (general phytopathology, phytopathological mycology, phytopathological bacteriology and phytopathological virology) as well as phytopharmacy in connexion with disease control (fungicides, etc).

Scientific and research activities

In the Department we are dealing with scientific and applied research in fields of Phytomicology, Phytobacteriology and Phytovirology as well as with plant disease diagnostics (both conventional and molecular). Simultaneously, one of the areas involved is Phytopharmacy (researching efficacy of conventional, bio and enzymatic fungicides, bioagents, biotechnical compounds, resistance of plant pathogens, etc.). The scientific activity of the Department within the framework of existing scientific projects is mainly based on etiological and epidemiological research of new and little studied diseases of grapevine, olive tree and Mediterranean fruit species, then on research of antagonistic effects of mycoparasitic Trichoderma species on phytopathogenic fungi and on research of chorology of  phytopathogenic fungi on endemic and protected plant species of Croatia.


Department of Plant Pathology was established in 1919 when the Agronomy and Forestry Faculty started with programs. The lectures about plant disease begun with professor Fran Jesenko (1919-1920) and soon taken over by professor Vladimir Škorić (1921-1947). Prof. Škorić was extraordinary scientist at that time as earned his abundant knowledge thru specialisation in Holand and USA. Papers he published in that period are well acknowledged and quoted to this day. As truthful erudite and polyglot (connoisseur of 16 languages) he received many specialised journals and established thematic library appreciated in region. Prof. Škorić was followed by another great figure in plant pathology, prof. Josip Kišpatić (1947-1987). As he was going ahead with new solutions in managing plant diseases he designed a novel course, the Fungicides. His contribution to the introduction of fungicides for seed treatment is especially significant. Prof. Kišpatić was appreciated as great teacher and his course teaching was recognized by all generations of students he taught. He also left behind a number of course books as he wrote easily and knew how to deliver dryasdust matter captivating for the reader. From 1947 to 1981 his co-workers was prof. Ivanka Milatović. She was an excellent taxonomist of pathogenic fungi and her great legacy are the first descriptions of fungi in Croatia. In 1948 (until 1986) a team welcomed prof. Ana Šarić who expand field of virology (she established the virology laboratory) and hers achievements were acknowledged abroad. The name of a higher associate Velimir Seiwert B.Sc. (1959-1982) should be emphasizing because he worked at the Department in the field of phytopharmacy but extended to the weed control. His contribution to weed control on railway lines is to be especially noted. The successor of prof. Kišpatić on the Dept's chairman position till 2010 was prof. Bogdan Cvjetković and as mentor of courses in plant pathology and phytofarmacy. In 2001 he started new course, Plant Virology and Phytopathogenic Bacteria. He was one of the promoters of Croatian Society of Plant Protection and its first president. Furthermore, he was instrumental in initiating the journal Glasilo biljne zaštite (official journal of CSPP) become scientific as its editor in chief since 2008, the position he hold till. He has served as associate editor in boards of several journals: Phytopathologia Mediterranea, Agronomski glasnik, Poljoprivredna znanstvena smotra, Zaštita bilja Beograd. He made lot of efforts in organising courses for non-science audience (growers, extension services). His work in the field of plant pathology was recognized by a number of awards including the National Science Award of the Republic of Croatia - Annual Science Award (2002).

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