Plant Sciences

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Valentina Spanic

Associate Professor
Agriculture and Forestry
Agriculture Genetics Institute


In last 11 years she was engaged in wheat breeding and wheat genetics research, where she combined classical breeding with modern technologies. Ii was focused on Fusarium resistance, and later she was working on rusts in USA, University of Minnesota and Australia, University of Sydney, where she had spent few months. As a Fulbright Fellow, she had learned how to manage QTLs. At Agricultural Institute Osijek, she was working on classical breeding, where she was a co-breeder in wheat varieties. she had established Fusarium inoculum production and she was trying to combine resistance with research on physiology of plant. Through KWS-Borlaug stipendium for few months she was working on disease resistance, hybrid wheat production, and evaluation of genetic diversity with SNP markers.

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Wheat breeding and genetics

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