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Magda Rak Cizej

Title, name and surname
dr. Magda Rak Cizej
Full title
Doctor of Agricultural Sciences, agronomist
Department (abbreviation)
Researcher for plant protection, entomology
00386 3 71 21 624 GSM: 00386 31 280 333
Fields of work:
  • Plant protection
  • Agriculture entomology
  • Hop protection
  • Pheromones and semiochemicals
  • Interaction between host plants and pests
  • Integration pest management (IPM)
  • Phytosanitary inspector
  • Coordinator of quarantine pests
  • Coordinator of plant health inspections in hop fields under certification scheme of hop
  • Testing resistance of pests to plant protection products (insecticides)
  • Official testing plant protection products under GEP (Good Experimental Practice)
Work experience:

1999 – today: Slovenian Institute of Hop Research and Brewing, Plant Protection Department, researcher

1999 – 2006: young researcher in Slovenian Institute of Hop Research and Brewing, Plant Protection Department

2010 – 2015: member of Plant Health Working Group on the Annexes of Council Directive 2000/29/EC

2011 – today: head of Plant Protection Department

Kratek življenjepis

Magda Rak Cizej, PhD, did her graduation thesis in the field of agronomy at the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana (BF), Agronomy Department, in 1999 and became a doctor of science in 2006 at the same faculty, with the doctoral thesis: Interaction between hop flea beetle Psylliodes attenuatus and host plants. During postgraduate studies and since then she has been working at the Slovenian Institute of Hop Research and Brewing (IHPS). Today, she is the head of the Plant Protection Department.

She works on the prognosis system for pests, especially pests in hop production and advises on plant protection based on integrated pest management (IPM). She is national coordinator for quarantine pests, specifically the American grapevine leafhopper (Scaphoideus titanus) and potato flea beetle (Epitrix spp.). She is responsible for the plant health of mother plants in hop gardens and for hop seedlings. She is coordinator of the implementation of official biological experiments in accordance with good experimental practice (GEP) and carries out insecticide trials in hops, field crops production, horticulture, orchards and vineyards.

Short CV
  • Instructor training for advisers and sellers of plant protection products
  • Lecturer on plant health for phytosanitary and forestry inspectors
  • Co-mentor for diploma and master students
Professional training

1999 – diploma at Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana

2003 – master degree at Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana

2006doctorate at Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana

2009 – examination in the Administrative Procedure Act and Inspection

Honors and awards

Prešeren Award for students of the University of Ljubljana for diploma

    • Commodity Expert Group (CEG) Minor uses – Hops
    • IOBC – International Organisation for Biological Control
    • Plant Protection Society of Slovenia
    • Slovenian Entomological Society Štefan Michieli
    • Slovenian Society of Agronomy
    • Expert Slovenian Council of Plant Health
    • Expert Commission for of plant health in orchards, vineyards and hop


Selected Publications (max 5)
  • RAK CIZEJ, Magda, ŠPORAR, Katja, ŠTEFANČIČ, Mateja, ŠTEFANČIČ, Matej, BELUŠIČ, Gregor. Testing of a LED light trap monitoring system for European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis Hübner). Hmeljarski bilten, ISSN 0350-0756, 2014, 21, str. 14-26, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 3301199]
    RAK CIZEJ, Magda. Monitoring of the European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis Hübner) on hops (Humulus lulupus L.) with pheromone traps. Hmeljarski bilten, ISSN 0350-0756, 2013, 20, str. 38-47, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 634508]
    RAK CIZEJ, Magda, CILENŠEK, Anja, RADIŠEK, Sebastjan. A preliminary study of the life cycle of the hop snout weevil (Neoplinthus tigratus porcatus) in controlled conditions. Hmeljarski bilten, ISSN 0350-0756, 2011, 18, str. 33-40. [COBISS.SI-ID 568204]
  • RAK CIZEJ, Magda, CILENŠEK, Anja, PERSOLJA, Jolanda. Monitoring the European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis Hübner) on hops (Humulus lupulus L.) with sex pheromone traps in Slovenia. V: TASIN, Marco (ur.), KOVANCI, Orkun Baris (ur.). Proceedings of the working group meeting “Semiochemicals: the essence of green pest control” : Bursa, Turkey, 1 – 5 October, 2012, (IOBC-WPRS Bulletin = Bulletin OILB-SROP, Vol. 99, 2014). Darmstadt: IOBC-WPRS, 2014, cop. 2013, str. 129-132, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 637580]
  • TÓTH, Miklós, SZARUKÁN, István, NAGY, Antal, FURLAN, Lorenzo, BENVEGNU, Isadora, RAK CIZEJ, Magda, ÁBRI, Tamás, KÉKI, Tamás, KÖRÖSI, Szilvia, POGONYI, Attila, TOSHOVA, Teodora, VELCHEV, Dimitar, ATANASOVA, Daniela, KURTULUS, Alican, KAYDAN, Bora, SIGNORI, Alessio. European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis Hbn., Lepidoptera: Crambidae): comparing the performance of a new bisexual lure with that of synthetic sex pheromone in five countries. Pest management science, ISSN 1526-4998. [Online ed.], 2017, vol. 73, issue 12, str. 2504-2508, ilustr., doi: 10.1002/ps.4645. [COBISS.SI-ID 751500]
  • RAK CIZEJ, Magda, TREMATERRA, Pasquale. Flight patterns of the European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis, in Slovenian hop gardens in 1999-2016. Bulletin of insectology, ISSN 1721-8861, Dec. 2017, vol. 70, iss. 2, str. 299-305, ilustr., [COBISS.SI-ID 895863]
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