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Rukie Agic, PhD
Associate Professor
UKIM Institute of Agriculture Skopje
Department of Vegetable crops
Aleksandar Makedonski bb, 1000 Skopje
Tel: +389 2 3230910
Fax:+389 2 3114283
e-mail: r.agic@zeminst.edu.mk
e-mail: rukieagic@yahoo.com

Academic qualifications
2005. – Ph. D.
UKIM Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Food Skopje
Correlation between the winter onions (Allium cepa L.) growth and development , the agroclimatic region and the sowing dates
1996. – M. Sc.
UKIM Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Food Skopje
Comparative Study on Domesticated Onion Varieties with Morphological Biological, Biochemical and Technological Description
1987. – B. Sc.
UKIM Faculty of Agriculture Skopje

Training and research experience
2010.
Contemporary approaches to genetic resources conservation and use –international course Wageningen, The Netherlands
2009.
In situ and on farm conservation, Seednet training course Suceava Genebank- Romania
2008.
Gene bank management and operation course, Swedish Biodiversity Centre, SEEDNet , Alnarp -Sweden
2007.
European Union Visitors programme, European Commission and European Parlament Belgium- Brussels
2006.
Agricultural production and distiribution for South East European Countries, JICA, Obihiro International Centre -Japan
2004.
Integrated/organic production of vegetables in green houses, International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies MAIB, Bari- Italy
2003.
Agricultural development and Farm Management, The Egyptian International Centre for Agriculture Arab Republic of Egypt
2003.
Organic Farming Systems: Analysis, Design and Management
Wageningen , The Netherlands
2003.
Introduction to potato Seed production and Seed certification- International Agricultural Centre, Wageningen , The Netherlands
2001-2002.
Fulbright visiting Scholar, Organic agriculture, at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
2001.
Intensive Vegetable Production Under Various Growing Conditions, International course -CINATCO- Kibutz Shefayim Israel,
1999.
Yalova-Ataturk Central Horticultural Research Institute Turkey
1998.
Vegetable Crops Institute – Maritca, Plovdiv- Bulgaria

Employment and work experience
1990. – now
UKIM Institute of Agriculture Skopje
2003-now
Head of vegetable department
UKIM Institute of Agriculture Skopje

Research interests
Improvement technologies that are environmentally friendly of vegetable production in open field
Organic farming in vegetable crops
Vegetable seed production
Genetic resources of vegetable crops
Introduction and testing of new vegetables and varieties suitable for our agro-ecological conditions

Teaching
Graduate Studies (Faculty of agriculture sciences and food- FASF)
Programme Vegetable-Horticulture (FASF)
– Vegetable production in open field
– Production of seed and seedling in vegetable and flower crops
Programme Eko farming (FASF)
– Eko vegetables
Master studies (Institute of Agriculture)
Programme Plant production
Subprogramme Organic production
– Basics in organic farming
– Organic production of vegetable crops
– Management of sustainable agriculture – systems and structures½
Subprogramme Seed production of Field and Vegetable production
– Breeding and seed production of vegetable crops1/2
– Breeding of Vegetable Crops 1/2
– Seed production of vegetable crops 1/2
– Expert control of vegetable seed production1/2
Master studies (Faculty of agriculture sciences and food- FASF)
– Organic production of vegetable and flower crops
– Production of seed and seedling in vegetable
– Methods of Scientific research
Doctoral studies (Faculty of agriculture sciences and food- FASF)
– Vegetable crops 1/3
– Production technologies for the vegetable and horticulture plants 1/5
– Postharvest activities at vegetable and horticulture plants1/4

Other professional activities
2006-2010
Consultant of GRM international AB/ MASSP( Macedonian Agricultural Advisory Support Programme)
2011
Organic vegetable specialist-ADT Project GmbH, Development and Implementation of Agri-environment Measures
2011
Consultant for training on crop organic production for State Agricultural Inspectorate in MAFWE (The Agriculture Strengthening and Accession Project (ID. P101216)

Member of Project Steering Committee of UNEP/GEF Project (United Nations Environment Programme/ Global Environment Facility

Member of the sub-sectoral permanent groups for regulation of agricultural markets for vegetables in MAFWE

Member of Advisory and Coordinative Committee for Organic Agriculture Production -2006

Vice chair and curator of Vegetable working group SEEDnet- Southeast European Plant Genetic Resources Network

National coordinator for Allium in Allium Working Groups European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources ECP/GR – Bioversity international

Member of National Committee for Compliance of the Macedonian Legislation with Law based on International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV Convention)

Member of National Committee for Variety Testing

Member of International Society for Horticultural Science

Member of Macedonia-American Allumni Association

Member of Association for Sustainable Development

Member of regional organizative committee of the International Symposium ISHS – 5th Balkan Symposium on Vegetable and Potatoes which will be held in Tirana,Albania, 2011.

Projects
2011
Development and Implementation of agri-environment measures European Union
2011
The Agriculture Strengthening and Accession Project,
World Bank
2004-2010
South Eastern European Development Network for Crop Genetic Resources”, SEEDNET,
2007-2010
Multilateral joint expedition: Collection, Characterization and regeneration of indigenous onion (Allium cepa L.) and leek Allium porrum L. germplasm for further ex-situ conservation, regional project financed by CBM
2007
Improved quality of Gostivar arshlama through a system of integrated production, head of the pilot project supported by MAASP
2007-2010
South East European Solanaceae Germplasm Collection, Conservation and Sustainable Use, regional project financed by CBM, national coordinator
2007
Pilot project of collecting the seed of local vegetable population by school children in Croatia and Macedonia , bilateral project financed by Sida, national coordinator
2008
Opportunity for continuous onion supply by applying various production cycles in th Gostivar region GRM- International,
2008
Post harvest technology and monitoring of storage onions, head of the pilot project supported by MAASP
2007-2008
Investigation of diseases and pests of root vegetables, integrated protection and opportunities for organic production
2009
Improvement of Processing Pepper Production in the Region of Pelagonia, PREDA through Swiss SDC.
2004-2006
Forage seed inoculation as manner of soil azotofixation and implementation in organic production
Ministry of Education and Science
2006-2009
Impact of biostimulators on the degree of contamination with heavy metals in a agro ecosystems and possibilities for remediation MON participant
2008-2009
Cataloging of ex situ conserved national plant genetic resources
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy

Scientific publications
Rukie Agic, Gordana Popsimonova, Afrodita Ibusoska,Zvezda Bogevska, Margarita Davitkovska, Biljana Ristovska, Igor Iljovski. 2011, Perspective of the Organic Production in Macedonia. 5 Balkan Symposium on Vegetables and Potatoes, Tirana- Albania.

Rukie Agic, Danail Jankulovski, Gordana Popsimonova, Suzana Kratovalieva, Jaska Ibraim, Afrodita Ibusoska, Igor Iljovski, Mirjana Jankulovska, Zvezda Bogevska, Margarita Davitkovska, Biljana Ristovska.2011 Assessment of Genetic divergence among macedonian tomato(lycopersicon esculentum, MILL.) landraces. 5 Balkan Symposium on Vegetables and Potatoes, Tirana- Albania.

Gordana Popsimonova, Rukie Agic, Afrodita Ibusoska, Slobodan Bandzo, Margarita Davitkovska, Biljana Ristovska, Igor Iljovski, Goce Georgievski . 2011. Greenhouse Production in Macedonia – Challenges and Opportunities. 5 Balkan Symposium on Vegetables and Potatoes, Tirana- Albania.

Gordana Popsimonova, Margarita Davitkovska, Stefanka Hadzi-Pecova, Zvezda Bogevska. 2011. Examination of substrates in the production of seedlings of Petunia hybrida grandiflora hort. 5 Balkan Symposium on Vegetables and Potatoes, Tirana- Albania.

Gafur Ajruli, Rukie Agic, Mirjana Vasic. 2011. Variability of productivity characters of local common beans genotypes (Phaseolus vulgaris) of Kicevo region. 5 Balkan Symposium on Vegetables and Potatoes, Tirana- Albania.

Agic Rukie, Martinovski Gj, Bogevska Zvezda, Bozinovska Rankica, Davitkovska Margarita, Ibusoska Afrodita, Iljovski Igor 2011. Prevention of onion sprouting during storage with preharvest treatment of MH in Gostivar region.
II Second conference and workshop, Storage of fresh vegetables, fruits and grape important component of export potential.
Gj. Martinovski, D. Jankulovski, R. Agic, Z. Bogeska. Production, consumption and necessity of storage of vresh vegetable in FYR of Macedonia .2011. III Postharvest symposium, Postharvest storage on vegetable and fruits in western Balkan coutries. 19-20 september 2011 Sombor

Z. Bogeska, A martinovska-Stojcevska, T. Alcinov, Rukie Agic. 2011. Deterrmination of the most favourable moment for selling of onion type Arshlama. III Postharvest symposium, Postharvest storage on vegetable and fruits in western Balkan coutries. 19-20 september 2011Sombor

Agic, Rukie., Jankulovski, D., Martinovski, Gj., Popsimonova, Gordana., 2007. Winter onion susceptibility to premature bolting depending on the variety and the sowing date in the R. of Macedonia. 3rd Balkan Symposium on vegetable and Potatoes, Bursa , Turkey. Acta Horticulture 271-277, ISHS.

Danail Jankulovski, Rukie Agic, Gjorgi Martinovski, Gordana Popsimonova, Ljupco Jankulovski, Zvesda Bogevska, 2007. Agronomic value of indigenous populations leek (Allium porrum L.) in R. Macedonia. Zbornik radova XII Savetovanje o Biotehnologiji, Cacak Vol 12. (13). 2007, 327-331.

Suzana Kratovalieva, Dusko Mukaetov, Gordana Popsimonova, Lenka Cvetanovska, Rukie Agic, Marjan Andreevski , Dime Petkovski, 2006. Green manure as a tool of organic produced vegetables. II International Symposium of Ecologists of the R. of Montenegro. Kotor, str. 443-447.

Zvezda Bogevska, Vidoe Trpevski, Danail Jankulovski, Margarita Dimovska, Rukie Agic. 2009: Bio-stimulating effect of some fertilizers on the yield of pepper, 4th Balkan Symosium, of Vegetable and potato, 9-12. September, Plovdiv. ISHS, Acta Horticulturae 830, 651-656.

Kratovalieva S., Popsimonova G., Ivanovska S., Agic R., Dimov Z., Beleski K., Simeonovska E., Stefkov Gj., Gjamovski V., 2007. Plant genetic resources in R. of Macedonia International Research Conference, Plant Genetic Stocks-The Basis of Agriculture of today and tomorrow, Plovdiv, 261-263

Rukie Agic. 2009 Arera-new winter onion (Allium cepa). Anniversary yearbook of the Institute of Agriculture, Skopje str 105-110.

Mihajlo Nikolovski, Rukie Agic, Vinko Stanoev. 2009. Breeding program at the Department of field and vegetable crops in the Institute of Agriculture. Anniversary yearbook of the Institute of Agriculture, Skopje стр 21-29.

Rukie Agic, Danail Jankulovski, Gјorgi Martinovski, Gordana Popsimonova, 2007. The Structure of the Yield of Some Winter Onion Cultivars (Allium cepa L.) Depending of the Region and Sowing Date in the R. of Macedonia, 2ndWorld Onion Congress and 5th Internacional Conference for Horticultural Science on Edible Alliaceae, Dronden, The Netherlands

Rukie Agic, Danail Jankulovski, Gјorgi Martinovski, Gordana Popsimonova, Zvezda Bogevska, Ljupco Jankulovski, 2007. Diversity of Macedonian Onion (Allim cepa L.) Ladraces in Traditional Farming Systems, 2ndWorld Onion Congress and 5th International Conference for Horticultural Science on Edible Alliaceae, Dronden, The Netherlands

Rukie Agic, Gafur Ajruli, Gordana Popsimonova, Sonja Ivanovska, Suzana Kratovalieva Mirjana Vasić, Jelica Gvozdanović Varga, Mirjana Jankulovska, Afrodita Ibusoska. 2009: Divergence of bean landraces (Phaseoulus vulgaris L.) according to the traits of grain 19th EUCARPIA Conference, Genetic Resources Section, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Rukie Agic, Gordana Popsimonova, Mirjana Vasic, Jelica Gvozdenovic Varga, Vida Todorovic, Stephan Nejkov, Astrit Baliu, Zdravko Matotan, Skender Kaciu. 2009: Result ofiInvetoring and collecting of indigenous onion (Allium cepa L.) and leek (Allium porrum) germplasm for further conservation in the Balkan region 19th EUCARPIA Conference, Genetic Resources Section, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Rukie Agic, Gordana Popsimonova, Afrodita Ibusoska, Zvezda Bogevska. 2009: Utilization of Onion Landraces in the Republic of Macedonia for Dehydration and Chilling 19th EUCARPIA Conference, Genetic Resources Section, Ljubljana,

Marko Maras, Rukie Agic, Gordana Popsimonova, Afrodita Ibusoska, Sonja Ivanovska, Vladimir Meglic. 2009: Evaluation of diversity among Macednian common bean landraces using morphological and molecular data, Joint congress of the Slovenian Biochemical Society and the Genetic Society of
Slovenia,

Rukie Agic, Danail. Jankulovski, Gordana. Popsimonova, Suzana Kratovalieva, Zvezda Bogevska, Margarita. Dimovska, Afrodita Ibusoska ,2007. Vegetable genetic resources activities in the R. of Macedonia, International Research Conference, Plant Genetic Stocks-The Basis of Agriculture of today and tomorrow, Plovdiv