University of Arizona

Filip Pošćić

Plant Biologist (Agricultural, veterinary and food sciences; Ecology; Evolutionary biology; Bioinformatics and computational biology; Genetics; Plant biology; Molecular evolution; Biological adaptation; Evolutionary ecology; Host-parasite interactions; Life histories; Phylogeny and comparative analysis; Speciation and extinction; Agricultural biotechnology; Crop and pasture production; Food sciences; Horticultural production; Genetically modified field crops and pasture; Genetically modified horticulture plants; Genetically modified trees; Non-genetically modified uses of biotechnology; Crop and pasture nutrition; Crop and pasture biochemistry and physiology; Fertilisers (incl. application); Food sciences not elsewhere classified; Horticultural crop growth and development; Horticultural crop protection (incl. pests, diseases and weeds); Horticultural production not elsewhere classified; Bioinformatic methods development; Bioinformatics and computational biology not elsewhere classified; Computational ecology and phylogenetics; Sequence analysis; Statistical and quantitative genetics; Ecology not elsewhere classified; Plant biology not elsewhere classified; Plant physiology; Environmental sciences; Ecological applications; Environmental biotechnology; Other environmental sciences; Pollution and contamination; Pollution and contamination not elsewhere classified; Bioremediation; Bioavailability and ecotoxicology; Other Education; Biological sciences)

Tucson, AZ

I was born in 1981 in Rijeka (former Yugoslavia, now Croatia). I am a plant biologist fascinated by Evolution and Statistics, with a Ph.D. in Ecology obtained in 2012 at the University of Udine (Italy). My research interests lie in the areas of plant metal physiology and hyperaccumulation. I served as a postdoctoral research associate for more than ten years in five public universities and two research-oriented institutes in five countries. I was lucky enough to obtain the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (H2020-MSCA-IF-2018-845234) for the 2019-2021 period. I published >20 peer-reviewed journal articles on plant-soil-metal interactions and the ecology of insects. I investigate environmental and genetic contributions to variation in leaf cadmium and zinc accumulation in Arabidopsis halleri. I am also involved in identifying new potential hyperaccumulators locally adapted to Arizona’s dry climate and their potential use in phytoremediation.


  • Metallophytes and thallium hyperaccumulation at the former Raibl lead/zinc mining site (Julian Alps, Italy)
  • Hyperaccumulation of thallium is population-specific and uncorrelated with caesium accumulation in the thallium hyperaccumulator, Biscutella laevigata
  • Changes in Physiological and Agronomical Parameters of Barley (Hordeum vulgare) Exposed to Cerium and Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles
  • PAHs accumulation on leaves of six evergreen urban shrubs: A field experiment
  • Engineered nanomaterials and crops: physiology and growth of barley as affected by nanoscale cerium oxide
  • Effects of Cerium and Titanium Oxide Nanoparticles in Soil on the Nutrient Composition of Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) Kernels
  • Cerium negatively impacts the nutritional status in rapeseed
  • Nutrient deficiencies in olives grown on typical Mediterranean soils (Terra rossa, Rendzina, Lithosol)
  • Synthetic Zeolite A as Zinc and Manganese Fertilizer in Calcareous Soil
  • Phytostabilization of Pb/Zn mine tailings and a polymetallic soil with Thlaspi caerulescens
  • Manganese soil and foliar fertilization of olive plantlets: the effect on leaf mineral and phenolic content and root mycorrhizal colonization
  • Independent variation in copper tolerance and copper accumulation among crop species and varieties
  • Linking phytotechnologies to bioeconomy; varietal screening of high biomass and energy crops for phytoremediation of Cr and Cu contaminated soils
  • In vivo synthesis of nanomaterials in plants: Location of silver nanoparticles and plant metabolism
  • A decade of research on phytoremediation in North-East Italy: Lessons learned and future directions
  • Bactrocera oleae (Rossi) (Diptera: Tephritidae) Response to Different Blends of Olive Fruit Fly-Associated Yeast Volatile Compounds as Attractants
  • Comprehensive insights in thallium ecophysiology in the hyperaccumulator Biscutella laevigata
  • Determination of 87Sr/86Sr isotopic ratio in olive oil and pomace using multicollector-ICPMS: Analysis of pomace residues as a simpler approach for determination of 87Sr/86Sr ratio in olive oil with low Sr content
  • Thallium accumulation and distribution in Silene latifolia (Caryophyllaceae) grown in hydroponics
  • Evidence of phytotoxicity and genotoxicity in hordeum vulgare L. Exposed to CeO2 and TiO2 Nanoparticles
  • Comparison of Different Pollen Substitutes for the Feeding of Laboratory Reared Bumble Bee (Bombus Terrestris) Colonies
  • Effect of a topical treatment with juvenile hormone analogues on dominance, ovarian development and corpora allata size in Bombus terrestris workers
  • Variation in Heavy Metal Accumulation and Genetic Diversity at a Regional Scale Among Metallicolous and Non-Metallicolous Populations of the Facultative Metallophyte Biscutella laevigata subsp. laevigata
  • Removal of pomace residues is critical in quantification of element concentrations in extra virgin olive oil
  • Accumulation and partitioning of rare earth elements in olive trees and extra virgin olive oil from Adriatic coastal region
  • Traceability of Croatian extra virgin olive oils to the provenance soils by multielement and carbon isotope composition and chemometrics
  • Copper accumulation in five weed species commonly found in the understory vegetation of Mediterranean vineyards
  • Dianthus sylvestris subsp. sylvestris as a promising candidate for phytostabilization of copper‐contaminated post‐mining sites in Alpine ecosystems
  • Plant colonizers of a mercury contaminated site: trace metals and associated rhizosphere bacteria

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