Faculty & Staff

Sead Sabanadzovic

Discipline: Plant Pathology

Specialty: Plant Viruses/Fungal viruses
Email: ssabanadzovic@entomology.msstate.edu
Phone: (662) 325-9322
Office Location: Clay Lyle Entomology Building, Room 152

Mailing Address
Box 9775
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Physical Address
100 Old Hwy. 12
Mississippi State, MS 39762


  • Ph.D., University of Bari, Italy
  • M.S., Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, Italy
  • B.S., University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (former Yugoslavia)

Courses Taught

  • EPP 4214/6214 - Diseases of Crops
  • EPP 8123 - Plant Virology

Society Membership

  • American Phytopathological Societ
  • International Council for the Study of Virus and Virus-like Diseases of Grapevines
  • International Council for the Study of Virus and other Graft Transmissible Diseases of Fruit Crops
  • Mississippi Association of Plant Pathologists and Nematologists

Research Interests

  • Plant viruses and fungal viruses
    • Characterization and diagnosis of plant viruses and virus-like agents
    • Genomics/metagenomics
    • Taxonomy and nomenclature
    • Biodiversity and evolution
  • On-going research projects:
    • Molecular characterization of viruses associated with blackberry yellow vein disease
    • Viruses in natural ecosystems
    • Viruses of plant pathogenic fungi

Recent Publications

  • Ghanem-Sabanadzovic, N.A., I.E. Tzanetakis, S. Sabanadzovic. 2013. Rubus canadensis virus 1, a novel betaflexivirus identified in blackberry. Archives of Virology, 158:445-449. Download
  • Martin, R., S. MacFarlaine, S. Sabanadzovic, D. Quito-Avila, B. Poudel, I.E. Tzanetakis. 2013. Viruses and virus diseases of Rubus. Plant Disease, 97:168-182. Download
  • Okada, R., C. Young, R.A. Valverde, S. Sabanadzovic, N. Aoki, S. Hotate, E. Kiyota, H. Moriyama, T. Fukuhara. 2013. Molecular characterization of two evolutionarily distinct endornaviruses co-infecting common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Journal of General Virology, 94:220-229. Download
  • Ghanem-Sabanadzovic, N.A., S. Sabanadzovic, P. Gugerli, A. Rowhani. 2012. Genome organization, serology and phylogeny of grapevine leafroll-associated viruses 4 and 6: taxonomic implications. Virus Research 163(1):120-128. Download
  • Martelli, G.P., N. Abou Ghanem-Sabanadz, A.A. Agranovsky, M.A. Rwahnih, V.V. Dalja, C.I. Dovas, M. Fuchs, P. Gugerli, J.S. Hu, W. Jelkmann, N.I. Katis, V.I. Maliogka, M.J. Melzer, W. Menzel, M.E. Rott, A. Rowhani, S. Sabanadzovic, P. Saldarelli. 2012. Taxonomic revision of the family Closteroviridae with special reference to the grapevine leafroll-associated members of the genus Ampelovirus and the putative species unassigned to the family. Journal of Plant Pathology 94:7-19. Download