Assoc. Prof. Joško Kaliterna, PhD

Assoc. Prof. Joško Kaliterna, PhD

Associate Professor
Division for Phytomedicine
Department of Plant Pathology
Office location: 3rd Pavillion, 1st Floor, Department of Plant Pathology
Phone: +385 1 239 3730
Email: jkaliterna ( at )
Languages: croatian, english
Consultations: tuesday from 12pm to 2pm with prior announcement via email

Academic qualifications

  • 2013: doctorate (Ph.D.)
    Institution: Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb
    Title of doctoral thesis: “Identification, pathogenicity and distribution of fungal species from families Botryosphaeriaceae and Diaporthaceae on grapevine in Croatia”
  • 2006: graduate diploma (M.Sc.)
    Institution: Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb
    Title of graduate thesis: "Inhibitory potency of pesticides on transmembrane P-glycoprotein in mouse fibroblasts"

Employment and work experience

  • 2008 - : University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture
    2022 - Now: Associate Professor
    2016 - 2022: Assistant Professor
    2014 - 2016: Junior researcher, postoc
    2008 - 2014: Junior researcher, assistant


Research interests

  • mycoses of grapevine, olive, pomegranate, fig tree, blueberry and other woody hosts
  • mycoses of fruits
  • mycoses of vegetables
  • mycoses of ornamental plants
  • molecular identification of plant pathogenic fungi
  • pathogenicity of plant pathogenic fungi

Training and research experience

  • 2015/02/16 - 2015/02/20: INRA Centre de recherche Bordeaux-Aquitaine, UMR 1065 Santé et Agroécologie du Vignoble ISVV – IFR103, Villenave d'Ornon, France (scientific)
    “Biological methods to study the microbial communities colonizing the wood of vines”
  • 2011/04/07 - 2011/06/24: Center for Microbiological Resources, University New Lisbon, Caparica, Portugal (scientific)
    “Morphological and molecular identification of Botryosphaeriaceae species”
  • 2008/05/04 - 2008/05/14: Department of Plant Protection and Applied Mycrobiology, University of Bari, Bari, Italy (scientific)
    “Molecular methods in Mycology”
  • 2008/04/07 - 2008/04/11: Institute Ruđer Bošković, Zagreb, Croatia (scientific)
    “Methodology courses in biology and medicine - DNA and RNA”



Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Bilinogojstvom do sekundarnih biljnih metabolita: primjena mineralnih hraniva i elicitora za povećanje koncentracije fenola u listu masline Croatian science foundation 2017/12/01 - 2022/12/01 partner
Sustainable control of grapevine trunk diseases COST 2013/10/22 - 2017/10/21 partner
Horologija fitopatogenih gljiva na vrstama od posebne važnosti u flori Hrvatske MZOS 2007/01/01 - 2013/12/31 coordinator
Identifikacija fitopatogena molekularnim i drugim metodama MZOS 2007/01/01 - 2013/12/31 coordinator

university support

Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Standardizacija molekularne dijagnostike uzročnika biljnih bolesti Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2017/01/01 - 2017/10/31 coordinator
Istraživanje manje poznatih i neistraženih patogena smokve na području Republike Hrvatske Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2014/01/01 - 2014/12/31 coordinator


  • Kaliterna, J., Miličević, T., Benčić, Đ. & Mešić, A. (2016) First Report of Verticillium Wilt Caused by Verticillium dahliae on Olive Trees in Croatia. Plant disease, 100 (12), 2526-2526. doi:10.1094/PDIS-04-16-0481-PDN.
  • Kaliterna, J., Miličević, T., Benčić, Đ. & Duralija, B. (2013) First Report of Neofusicoccum parvum Associated with Grapevine Trunk Diseases in Croatia. Plant disease, 97 (12), 1656-1656. doi:10.1094/PDIS-03-13-0283-PDN.
  • Kaliterna, J., Miličević, T. & Cvjetković, B. (2012) Grapevine Trunk Diseases Associated with Fungi from the Diaporthaceae Family in Croatian Vineyards. Arhiv za higijenu rada i toksikologiju, 63 (4), 471-478.
  • Kaliterna, J., Miličević, T., Ivić, D., Benčić, Đ. & Mešić, A. (2012) First Report of Diplodia seriata as causal agent of olive dieback in Croatia. Plant disease, 96 (2), 290-290. doi:10.1094/PDIS-08-11-0628.

Bibliography (CROSBI):

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Other professional activities

  • 2011 - : Croatian Microbiological Society / member
  • 2008 - 2014: Croatian Plant Protection Society / no longer member

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