Department of Plant and Environmental Protection



About the Department


The Sub-Department of Plant Protection was founded in 1957. The Institute for Plant Protection was founded in 1967 as a science unit, and in 1971 the Institute for Plant Protection at the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad was established. In 2007 the department name was changed into the Department of Phytomedicine and Environmental Protection. Today, the Department includes the Sub-Department of Phytomedicine, the Dr Pavle Vukasovic Institute for Plant and Environmental Protection and laboratories.

The Department of Phytomedicine and Environmental Protection includes two study programmes: Phytomedicine and Agricultural Ecology and Environmental Protection. The Department experts’ work has significantly contributed to the improvement of plant protection and plant production in Serbia. Since its foundation, the Department has intensively collaborated with international partners and a great number of agricultural enterprises (farms, agribusinesses), sugar factories, companies producing and distributing pesticides etc.

Why Study Phytomedicine?

Plant protection is of crucial importance for all types of agricultural production. Neglecting this segment of agriculture leads to unforeseen consequences for society in general.

Studying the Phytomedicine Study Programme, students gain necessary knowledge through theoretical and practical classes. Upon the completion of the programme, they are able to engage in all activities in agriculture related to healthy food production and environmental protection. In addition, during the studies of the Phytomedicine Study Programme, they develop skills needed to solve complex practical issues in agriculture and to find new solutions in professional and scientific work. Students have an opportunity to gain experience by studying theoretical and methodological concepts of plant protection and to put their theoretical knowledge into practice. Because of their active involvement in working tasks and practical training which they receive, students can easily integrate into the labour market after they complete the studies. Students are also trained to manage production in accordance with the concept of integral plant protection, including the application of all possible methods of disease, pest and weed control (growing resistant varieties, agritechnical, mechanical, biological, chemical measures) in order to stop their uncontrolled increase, which causes economically significant damage.

Principal Objectives of the Study Programme

The principal objective of the Phytomedicine Study Programme is gaining necessary basic knowledge in the field of phytomedicine (plant protection), integral plant protection and modern agricultural production.

Undergraduate studies last four years. Students gain knowledge on causes of plant diseases, plant pests and weeds, means of plant protection and their application and influence on environment.  All of that will help them work in their future expert and professional field, and express their ideas in direct personal contacts.

Employment Possibilities

  • Production and protection of vegetables, grains, fruit, vine, ornamental plants, medicinal herbs, stored products, mushrooms
  • Introduction of ecologically more advanced and safer technology in order to produce proper and safer human and animal food
  • Control of mycotoxigenic species which are the limiting factor in the use of agricultural products in the country or abroad
  • Managing one’s own agricultural farm
  • Consulting services
  • Scientific and research work at colleges, institutes and other scientific and professional organizations
  • Inspection jobs
  • Research and development programmes in the industry of pesticide production
  • Managing and organizing the distribution of pesticides, seeds and planting materials (agricultural pharmacies etc.)
  • Managing dealerships of pesticide and seed production and distribution
  • Working in the field of community hygiene (disinfection, insect and rodent control)
  • Working as a journalist or editor in specialized magazines and TV shows


Possibilities for Further Education

Bachelors of Science in phytomedicine fulfil all necessary conditions to continue master academic studies within the ‘’International Joint Master Degree in Plant Medicine’’ TEMPUS programme, which provides students with mobility, exam recognition and acceptance, classes in Serbian and English (, and the possibility of further specialization at doctoral studies.    

Why Study Agricultural Ecology and Environmental Protection?

This study programme at the Department of Phytomedicine and Environmental Protection provides students with knowledge in scientific and specialist subjects, which enables them to successfully recognise and solve problems in the field of environmental protection. Students have the opportunity to learn about the main principles of agriculture, the impact of environmental problems (global warming, acid rains, global climatic changes) on agricultural processes and technology, as well as about new technological and developmental approaches to agricultural production, etc.

Agricultural production cannot be viewed in isolation from environmental issues. In order to meet the population’s growing needs for food, but at the same time preserve natural resources, it is necessary to have deeper understanding of complex, long-term interactions between man and nature, and innovative technological and developmental approaches to agricultural production.

Principal Objectives of the Study Programme

By acquiring the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies in the field of environmental protection and other elements of sustainable development, students are trained to manage the environment and natural resources. The studying process is designed to meet high standards through lectures, tutoring and writing seminar and expert papers.

Students have the opportunity to work directly with professors, and continually evaluate the acquired knowledge. Through this kind of work, students can express individual and team creativity, as well as develop critical thinking and expression.

Employment Possibilities

  • Working as independent consultants in the field of environmental protection;
  • Work organisations dealing with environmental protection or environmental impact assessment in urban and rural ecosystems;
  • Public utility services;
  • Professional extension services;
  • Inspection services;
  • Scientific and research work at faculties, institutes and other scientific and professional organisations;
  • Working as journalists or editors in specialised magazines and TV shows.


Possibilities for Further Education

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Ecology and Environmental Protection has the possibilities for further education at master’s and doctoral studies.