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Dusan Sadikovic

Dusan Sadikovic


2022 Postdoc at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Alnarp, Sweden.

2020 Research assistant at Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, University of Nis, Serbia. 

2021 Mycological determinator and scientific member committee at Mycological Association of Serbia (MGSS)


2022 – SLU, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Alnarp, Sweden:
•Pine needle blights (Dothistroma needle blight and Brown spot needle blight) (Diagnosis, preventionand management of biotic forest damage (Diagnos, förebyggande och hantering av biotiskaskogsskador) HT2022)

2022 – SLU, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Alnarp, Sweden:
•Symbiotic relationships for nutrient acquisition & tree fitness (mycorrhizae; tree microbiome) (Trees,structure and function BI1385)

2022 – SLU, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Alnarp, Sweden:
•Conifer needle diseases (Urban tree- and forest health SV0015)
•DNA sequencing; How to analyse DNA sequences and identify the causal agent of damage (Urban tree- and forest health SV0015)


2011 – 2013 Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics in Niš - Microbiology and Mycology demonstrator, practical and teaching aide


My research focuses on population structure and molecular ecology of foliar conifer pathogens, root pathogenic fungi, and forestry-related tree damage. Apart from forest pathology, I research ecology and taxonomy of non-pathological mushroom-forming fungi.


Two short term scientific missions with the Forestry and
Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria, South Africa. Both STSMs were conducted as a part of the DIAROD project (COST Action FP1102). My work there was focused on species discrimination and
microsatellite analysis of Dothistroma septosporum, D. pini, and Lecanosticta acicola populations.

Academic service

2022 – Peer Review for the Journal of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (ISSN:1540-9309)
2022 – Peer Review for the Journal of Forest Pathology (ISSN:1439-0329)


2013 – 2020 PhD in forest ecosystem managing
University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Biosciences, Slovenian Forestry Institute
Thesis title: Population structure of causal agents of red band needle blight and brown spot needle blight of pines in selected areas of central and Southeastern Europe
Supervised by Professor Dr. Dušan Jurc & Dr. Barbara Piškur

2006 – 2012 MSc (equivalent) Research Biologist
University of Niš, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, Department for Biology and Ecology
Thesis title: Chemical composition and antifungal activities of essential oils of Satureja montana ssp. Montana
Supervised by Professor Dr. Tatjana Mihajilov-Krstev


Selected publications

1. Sadiković, D., Piškur, B., Barnes, I., Hauptman, T., Diminić, D., Wingfield, M. J., & Jurc, D. (2019). Genetic diversity of the pine pathogen Lecanosticta acicola in Slovenia and Croatia. Plant Pathology, 68(6), 1120- 1131.
2. Drenkhan, R., Tomešová‐Haataja, V., Fraser, S., Bradshaw, R. E., Vahalík, P., Mullett, M. S., ... & Barnes, I. (2016). Global geographic distribution and host range of Dothistroma species: a comprehensive review. Forest Pathology, 46(5), 408-442.
3. Siziba, V. I., Wingfield, M. J., Sadiković, D., Mullett, M. S., Piškur, B., & Barnes, I. (2016). Development of microsatellite markers for the pine needle blight pathogen, Dothistroma pini. Forest Pathology, 46(5), 497-506.

4. Laas, M., Adamson, K., Barnes, I., Janoušek, J., Mullett, M. S., Adamčíková, K., ... & Drenkhan, R. (2022). Diversity, migration routes, and worldwide population genetic structure of Lecanosticta acicola, the causal agent of brown spot needle blight. Molecular plant pathology, 23(11), 1620-1639.

5. van der Nest, A., Wingfield, M. J., Sadiković, D., Mullett, M. S., Marçais, B., Queloz, V., ... & Barnes, I. (2023). Population structure and diversity of the needle pathogen Dothistroma pini suggests human-mediated movement in Europe. Frontiers in Genetics, 14, 1103331.