Zoran Cerovic

Position: Research Scientist

Team: Plant Ecophysiology

Contact details:
Laboratoire Écologie, Systématique et Évolution – IDEEV
Bureau 2218 Bât. 680 – 12, route 128
91190 Gif Sur Yvette

Tel: +33 (0)1 69 15 72 24

Fax: +33 (0)1 69 15 72 38

Email: zoran.cerovic (at) universite-paris-saclay.fr

Laboratoire Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution

Research interests

Biophotonics of vegetation is the main object of my research. The goal is to design optical signatures of the vegetation, usable in ecophysiology, in agriculture and for the monitoring of the environment. Emphasis is placed on the study of autofluorescence of leaves under UV excitation and studies of the spectral properties of phenolic compounds (Phen), in order to analyse their role in the plant in vivo and in situ. Grapevine was chosen as the main species of study. It is a woody dicot, in which Phen have an important physiological and economic role (wine production). Recently, I was particularly interested in the interaction between the grapevine leaf and its pathogen Plasmopara viticola in addition to the mapping of vineyard plots. Studies are carried out in collaboration with international specialists on the one hand, and agricultural technical institutes on the other.

Laboratoire Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution

Career path

1983 – 1984 Research Assistant, Maize Research Institute, Zemun-Polje, Yugoslavia
1985 – 1989 Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Biology, Belgrade University, Yugoslavia.
1989 – 1992 Lecturer (Plant Biochemistry, Physiology, Bioenergetics), Faculty of Biology, Belgrade University, Yugoslavia.
1992 – 2005 Research Fellow, LURE-CNRS, Orsay, France.
2005 – present Research Fellow, ESE-CNRS, Orsay, France.

Laboratoire Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution


In viticulture and oenology, in particular for the production of red wine, it is important to know the quality of the grapes. Anthocyanins, the red pigment in the grape skins, which define the colour of wine, are good indicators of the so-called “phenolic ripeness”. The CUBA (Converter of Units of Berry Anthocyanins) software is a tool readily available on the Internet to convert anthocyanin units obtained by different analytical methods. It was designed jointly by ESE and FORCE-A teams:
Cerovic, Z.G., Latouche, G., Nguyen, H.K., Fadaili, E.M., Le Moigne, M., Ben Ghozlen, N., 2014. CUBA: An internet-based software application for berry anthocyanins units’ conversion for viticulturists, oenologists and physiologists. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 103, 122-126.

Converter of Units for Berry Anthocyanins

The other fluorescence.
Journées de la Société Française de Photosynthèse, Paris, France, 18-19 May 2015.

Using fluorescence in the field to detect crop diseases: How we got there.
16th International Congress on Photobiology, Cordoba, Argentina, September 8-12 2014.

Seeing the invisible : new proximal optical sensors for precision viticulture. Seminars at Garzón, Uruguay, September 1, 2014; Mendoza, Argentina, September 16, 2014; San Rafael, Argentina, September 17 , 2014.
Cerovic Ebernburg 2012
Cerovic Ebernburg 2012
New proximal sensors of vegetation: towards a non destructive quantitative estimation of plant constituents
Ebernburg-Workshop on “Leaf Optics”, Ebernburg, Germany, 10-12 October 2012.
Cerovic Sremska Kamenica 2012Cerovic Sremska Kamenica 2012
Proximal sensors of vegetation for sustainable agriculture
Conference NewEnviro 2012, Sremska Kamenica, Serbia, 28-30 May 2012.
Principes et applications de Multiplex et Dualex: des outils innovants au service de la viticulture et l’œnologie
Principles and applications of Multiplex and Dualex: innovative tools in the service of viticulture and oenology
Principios y aplicaciones del Multiplex y Dualex: unas innovadoras herramientas al servicio de la viticultura y la enología
Cerovic Logrono 2011
Cerovic Logrono 2011
Presented at the first Technical Day of the ICVV, Logrono – Spain, May 3, 2011
Cerovic Bonn 2010
Cerovic Bonn 2010
Optical sensors based on plant fluorescence
Presented at the 3rd Conference on Precision Crop Protection, Bonn – Germany , September 19-21, 2010