Srdjan Acimovic

Srdjan Acimovic
Telephone: (517) 432-2668

Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

Ctr. for Int. Plant Sys. 206


MSc. 2009, Phytopathology, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. Advisor: Dr. Jelica Balaz. Thesis: Monitoring of Infection Intensity and Development of Specific Symptom Types in Apple Fire Blight.

 BSc. 2005, Plant Protection, University of Belgrade, Serbia. Advisor: Dr. Goran Delibasic. Thesis: Eutypa Dieback Appearance in Some Grapevine Growing Regions in Serbia.


Current Project:

Trunk injection approach and technology for disease and insect control in fruit trees. Projects encompass applied and fundamental aspects of fruit tree trunk injection with conventional and alternative plant protective compounds. The research foci are protective compound distribution properties in apple tree crown after trunk injection and control of apple scab (Venturia inaequalis) and fire blight (Erwinia amylovora) with trunk injected SAR inducers and fungicides.


Research Interests:

Chemical, alternative and molecular fruit tree disease management, SAR inducers, trunk injection and innovative plant protection technology application in fruit tree industry, biology and genetics of plant pathogens, apple scab, fire blight.


Recent Awards and Honors:

2012  Fruit Industry Scholarship, Michigan State Horticultural Society

2012  A.L. Rogers Endowed Research Scholarship, Michigan State University

2008  Scholarship of Ministry of Science of the Republic of Serbia

2002  Norway Kingdom Embassy Fellowship - The 500 Best Students of Universities in the Republic of Serbia


Recent Publications:

Acimovic, S. G., Balaz, J. S., Acimovic D. Dj., Reeb, P. D. 2013. The High Magnitude of Fire Blight (Erwinia amylovora) Symptom Development and Canker Formation from July Onwards on Two Apple Cultivars under Severe Natural Infections. In press: Journal of Plant Pathology (JPP).

Balaz, J., Acimovic, S., Aleksic, G., Bodroza, M., Cvetkovic, B. 2010. Evaluation of possibilities for Venturia inaequalis Control with Environmentally Friendly Formulations. Pesticides & Phytomedicine, Scientific Journal of Plant Protection Society of Serbia, vol. 25 (4): 335-342.


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