DEPARTMENT OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY

Head: Maria Skłodowska, Professor

Address:  ul. Banacha 12/13, 90-237, Lodz, building A

Phone: +48 42 635 44 20

Fax: +48 42 635 44 23

e-mail:

 

Staff:

Name

Phone number

e-mail

building/room

Office hours

Maria Skłodowska, Professor

+48 42 635 44 20

A/206

Tue
1:00-3:00 p.m.

Henryk Urbanek, retired Professor

+48 42 635 44 15

A/215

-

Ewa Gajewska, Assoc. Professor

+48 42 635 44 16

A/210

Thu
11:00-1:00 p.m.

Elżbieta Kuźniak-Gębarowska, Assoc. Professor

+48 42 635 44 14

A/236

Tue
12:00-2:00 p.m.

Urszula Małolepsza, Assoc. Professor

+48 42 635 44 19

A/236

Tue
1:00-3:00 p.m.

Jacek Patykowski, Assoc. Professor

+48 42 635 44 18

A/215

Thu
10:00-12:00

Katarzyna Bergier, PhD

+48 42 635 44 18

A/203

Mon
1:00-3:00 p.m.

Marcin Naliwajski, PhD

+48 42 635 44 17

A/203

Tue
 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Justyna Nawrocka, PhD

+48 42 635 44 19

A/236

Thu
11:00-1:00 p.m.

Marzena Wielanek, PhD

+48 42 635 44 16

A/210

 

Anna Wyrwicka, PhD

+48 42 635 44 16

A/210

Wed
1:30-3:30 p.m.

Małgorzata Fronczak, MSc

+48 42 635 44 23

A/ 303

-

Urszula Świercz, MSc

+48 42 635 44 17

A/201

-

Ewa Guzik

+48 42 635 44 17

A/201

-

Post-graduate students:

Name

Phone number

                             e-mail                 

 building/room   

Office hours

Patrycja Kopa, MSc

+48 42 635 44 17

    A/204

 

Marta Olszewska, MSc

+48 42 635 44 17

     A/204

Thu
1:00-3:00
p.m.

Monika Skwarek, MSc

+48 42 635 44 17

     A/204

Wed 10:00-12:00

Mateusz Wala, MSc

+48 42 635 44 17

     A/215

Thu 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Aleksandra Witusińska, MSc +48 42 635 44 17      A/204 Thu 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Małgorzata Żyźniewska, MSc +48 42 635 44 17      A/204 Wed 11:00-1:00 p.m.

 

Research areas

  • Plant in vitro cultures. Micropropagation of ornamental plants, crop plants medicinal plants, endangered plants using in vitro cultures. Production of secondary metabolites: pharmacologically active substances, parapharmaceuticals, food and cosmetic colorants, ecological herbicides and pesticides as well as antioxidants in plant in vitro cultures. Biochemical mechanisms of plant resistance to infectious diseases. Induction of defense responses to phytopathogen. Biochemical mechanisms of plant resistance to pathogens and pests . Plant resistance to abiotic stress factors: salinity, acid rain, vestigial metals.
  • Contribution to the project: “Polish trichoderm strains in plant protection and biological waste management.”  Structural funds. Operational program: innovative economy.

Scientific projects / Grants

  • Scientific Project „Integration of carbon, nitro gen and sulphur metabolizm in cucumber infected with Pseudomonas syringae pv. lachrymans during elicitation of natural defence mechanisms under different schemes of nitro gen fersilization”. (N N310 302339) Head: Maria Skłodowska, Professor, Department of Plant  Physiology and Biochemistry,Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection Uinversity of Lodz. realization time: 2010-2013
  • Participation in the international non-cofinanced „Resistance and Signac mechanisms induced in Mesembryanthemum crystalllinum facultative halophyte” in response to salinity and abiotic stress. Realized under COST FA 0901 (MNiSW Nr 830/1/N-COST/2010/11). Head: Ewa Surówka, PhD, Institute of Plant Physiology, Polish Academy of Science, Cracov, realization time: 2011-2013.
  • Participation  in a Project: Polish Trichoderma strains in plant protection and organic waste recycling.”Operational program: innovative economy. 2007-2013, 1.3.1. (WND-POIG.01.03.01-00-129/09). Project Coordinator: Research Institute of Horticulture In Skierniewice. realization time: 2009-2014.
  • Participation  in the project: „Why vascular bund les differ  from parenchyma in relation to patogen resistance?” (NCN 2001/01/B/NZ9/02540). Head: Zbigniew Miszalski, Professor,  Institute of Plant Physiology, Polish Academy of Science, Cracov,  realization time: 2012 -2014.

Cooperation

Department of Stress Biology, Plant Physiology Department, Polish Academy of Sciences, Cracow http://www.ifr-pan.krakow.pl

Department of Fruit Plant Protection , Institute of Horticulture in Skierniewicehttp://www.inhort.pl

Istituto di Ricerca sugli Ecosistemi Terrestri, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IRET-CNR), Monterotondo (Rome), Italy

Istituto di Ricerca sulle Acque, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IRSA-CNR), Monterotondo (Rome), Italy

Laboratory of Biological Oxidation, Durmishidze Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Agricultural University of Georgia, Kakha Bendukidze University Campus, Tbilisi, Georgia

Expertises / Service

Analyses, expertises and development of methods in the following areas:

  • The use of Polish vegetable and medical plants to obtain biologically active substances for food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries;
  • Developement of effective methods to isolate biologically active substances such as flavonoids, isothiocyanates, saponins and steroid lactones  to pro duce nutraceutics;
  • Developement and implementation of ecological technologies to produce fruit and vegetables with special focus on the content and preservation of health–beneficial substances in fresh, stored and processed crops;
  • Development of novel technologies in ecological food production with the use of natural bioactivators of plant resistance to patogens and pests;
  • the use of plants in phytoremediation.

Selected publications

2019

Kowalczyk T., Sitarek P., Skała E., Toma M., Wielanek M., Pytel D., Wieczfińska J., Szemraj J., Śliwiński T. (2019) Induction of apoptosis by in vitro and in vivo plant extracts derived from Menyanthes trifoliata L. in human cancer cells. Cytotechnology. Available online: January 2019. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10616-018-0274-9

Łacwik P., Białas A.J., Wielanek M., Skłodowska M., Kupczyk M., Górski P., Kuna P. (2019) Single, short-time exposure to heat in a car during sunny day can decrease epinephrine concentration in autoinjectors: a real-life pilot study. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. Available online: November 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaip.2018.10.027

Siebielec S, Siebielec G, Urbaniak M, Smreczak B, Grzęda E, Wyrwicka A, Kidd PS. (2019) Impact of rhizobacterial inoculants on plant growth and enzyme activities in soil treated with contaminated bottom sediments. International Journal of Phytoremediation 21:4, 325-333, DOI: 10.1080/15226514.2018.1524833
 
Skłodowska M., Gajewska E., Naliwajski M., Wielanek M., Kuźniak E., Chojak-Koźniewska J. (2019) Benzothiadiazole and nitrogen source modify the nitrogen metabolism in cucumber infected with Pseudomonas syringae pv. lachrymans. Scientia Horticulturae 246: 289-297.
 

Wyrwicka A, Urbaniak M, Przybylski M. (2019) The response of cucumber plants (Cucumis sativus L.) to the application of PCB-contaminated sewage sludge and urban sediment. PeerJ 7:e6743 http://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.6743

2018

Chojak-Koźniewska J., Kuźniak E., Linkiewicz A., Sowa S. (2018) Primary carbon metabolism-related changes in cucumber exposed to single and sequential treatments with salt stress and bacterial infection. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 123: 160-169.

Chojak-Koźniewska J., Kuźniak E., Zimny J. (2018) The effects of combined abiotic and pathogen stress in plants: Insights from salinity and Pseudomonas syringae pv lachrymans interaction in cucumber Frontiers in Plant Science 9: 1691.

Gajewska E., Surówka E., Kornaś A., Kuźniak E., (2018) Nitrogen metabolism-related enzymes in C3-CAM plant, Mesembryanthemum crystallinum after Botrytis cinerea infection. Biologia Plantarum 62: 579-587.

Bernat P., Nykiel-Szymańska J., Gajewska E., Różalska S., Stolarek P., Dackowa J., Słaba M. (2018) Trichoderma harzianum diminished oxidative stress caused by 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) in wheat, with insights from lipidomics. Journal of Plant Physiology 229: 158-163.

Kołodziejek J., Patykowski J., Wala M. (2018) An experimental comparison of germination ecology and its implication for conservation of selected rare and endangered species of Dianthus (Caryophyllaceae) Botany 96: 319-328.

Miszalski Z., Kornas A., Kuźniak E. (2018) Photosynthesis-related functions of vasculature-associated chlorenchymatous cells. In: F. M. Cánovas, U. Lüttge, R. Matyssek (Ed.) Progress in Botany 79: 173–196; Springer International Publishing, Berlin, Heidelberg

Naliwajski M.R., Skłodowska M. (2018) The relationship between carbon and nitrogen metabolism in cucumber leaves acclimated to salt stress. PeerJ 6:e6043.

Nawrocka J.,Szczech M., Małolepsza U. (2018) Trichoderma atroviride enhances phenolic synthesis and cucumber protection against Rhizoctonia solani. Plant Protection Science 54: 17-23.

Nawrocka J., Małolepsza U., Szymczak K., Szczech M. (2018) Involvement of metabolic components, volatile compounds, PR proteins, and mechanical strengthening in multilayer protection of cucumber plants against Rhizoctonia solani activated by Trichoderma atroviride TRS25. Protoplasma 255: 359-373.

Sitarek P., Kowalczyk T., Rijo P., Białas A.J., Wielanek M., Wysokińska H., Garcia C., Toma M., Śliwiński T., Skała E. (2018) Over-expression of AtPAP1 transcriptional factor enhances phenolic acid production in transgenic roots of Leonurus sibiricus L. and their biological activities. Molecular Biotechnology 60: 74–82.

Skłodowska M., Mikiciński A., Wielanek M., Kuźniak E., Sobiczewski P. (2018) Phenolic profiles in apple leaves and the efficacy of selected phenols against fire blight (Erwinia amylovora). European Journal of Plant Pathology 151: 213–228.

Wyrwicka A., Urbaniak M. (2018) The biochemical response of willow plants (Salix viminalis L.) to the use of sewage sludge from various sizes of wastewater treatment plant. Science of the Total Environment 615: 882-894.

Sitarek P., Kowalczyk T., Picot L., Michalska-Hejduk D., Bijak M., Białas A.J., Wielanek M., Śliwiński T., Skała E. (2018) Growth of Leonurus sibiricus L. roots with over-expression of AtPAP1 transcriptional factor in closed bioreactor, production of bioactive phenolic compounds and evaluation of their biological activity. Industrial Crops & Products 122: 732-739.

2017

Chojak-Koźniewska J., Linkiewicz A., Sowa S., Radzioch M.A., Kuźniak E. (2017) Interactive effects of salt stress and Pseudomonas syringae pv. lachrymans infection in cucumber: Involvement of antioxidant enzymes, abscisic acid and salicylic acid. Environmental and Experimental Botany 136: 9–20.

Kołodziejek J., Patykowski J., Wala M. (2017) Effect of light, gibberellic acid and nitrogen source on germination of eight taxa from disappearing European temperate forest, Potentillo albae-Quercetum. Scientific Reports, 7: Article number: 13924.

Kuźniak E., Kopczewski T., Chojak-Koźniewska J. (2017) Ascorbate-glutathione cycle and biotic stress tolerance in plants. W: M. A. Hossain, S. Munné- Bosch, D. J. Burritt, P. Diaz Vivancos, M. Fujita, A. Lorence (Ed.) Ascorbic Acid in Plant Growth, Development and Stress Tolerance. Springer, ISBN 978-3-319-74056-0; s. 201-23

Małolepsza U., Nawrocka J., Szczech M. (2017) Trichoderma virens 106 inoculation stimulates defence enzyme activities and enhances phenolic levels in tomato plants leading to lowered Rhizoctonia solani infection. Biocontrol Science and Technology 27(2): 180-199.

Urbaniak M., Wyrwicka A., Tołoczko W., Serwecińska L., Zieliński M. (2017) The effect of sewage sludge application on soil properties and willow (Salix sp.) cultivation. Science of the Total Environment 586: 66-75.

Sitarek P., Skała E., Toma M., Wielanek M., Szemraj J., Skorski T., Białas A.J., Sakowicz T., Kowalczyk T. Radek M., Wysokińska H., Śliwiński T. (2017) Transformed root extract of Leonurus sibiricus induces apoptosis through intrinsic and extrinsic pathways in various grades of human glioma cells. Pathology and Oncology Research 23(3): 679–687.

2016

Kuźniak E., Kornaś A., Kaźmierczak A., Rozpądek P., Nosek M., Kocurek M., Zellnig G., Müller M., Miszalski Z. (2016) Photosynthesis-related characteristics of the midrib and the interveinal lamina in leaves of C3-CAM intermediate plant Mesembryanthemum crystallinum. Annals of Botany 117: 1141-1151.

Sekulska-Nalewajko J., Gocławski J., Chojak-Koźniewska J., Kuźniak E. (2016) Automated image analysis for quantification of reactive oxygen species in plant leaves. Methods 109: 114–122.

Sitarek P., Skała E., Toma M., Wielanek M., Nieborowska-Skorska M., Kolasa M., Skorski T., Szemraj J., Wysokińska H., Śliwiński T. (2016) A preliminary study of apoptosis induction in glioma cells via alteration of the Bax/Bcl-2-p53 axis by transformed and non-transformed root extracts of Leonurus sibiricus L. Tumor Biology 37(7): 8753–8764.

Wyrwicka A., Urbaniak M. (2016) The different physiological and antioxidative responses of zucchini and cucumber to sewage sludge application. PLoS ONE 11 (6): e0157782.

Sitarek P., Skała E., Wysokińska H., Wielanek M., Szemraj J., Toma M., Śliwiński T. (2016) The effect of Leonurus sibiricus plant extracts on stimulating repair and protective activity against oxidative DNA damage in CHO cells and content of phenolic compounds. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity. Article ID 5738193, 11 pages, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/5738193.

2015

Kołodziejek J., Patykowski J. (2015) Effect of environmental factors on germination and emergence of invasive Rumex confertus in central Europe. The Scientific World Journal. Article ID 170176.

Kuźniak E., Wielanek M., Chwatko G., Głowacki R., Libik-Konieczny M., Piątek M., Gajewska E., Skłodowska M. (2015) Salicylic acid and cysteine contribute to arbutin-induced alleviation of angular leaf spot disease development in cucumber. Journal of Plant Physiology 81: 9-13.

Nosek M., Kornas A., Kuźniak E., Miszalski Z. (2015) Plastoquinone redox state modifies plant response to pathogen. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 96: 163-170.

Nosek M., Rozpądek P., Kornas A., Kuźniak E., Schmitt A., Miszalski Z. (2015) Veinal-mesophyll interaction under biotic stress. Journal of Plant Physiology 185: 52-5.

Nowogórska A., Patykowski J. (2015) Selected reactive oxygen species and antioxidant enzymes in common bean after Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola and Botrytis cinerea infection. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 37: 17 -25.

Pietrowska E., Różalska S., Kaźmierczak A., Nawrocka J., Małolepsza U. (2015) Reactive oxygen and nitrogen (ROS and RNS) species generation and cell death in tomato suspension cultures-Botrytis cinerea interaction. Protoplasma 252: 307 – 319.

Sykłowska-Baranek K., Grech-Baran M., Naliwajski M.R., Bonfill M., Pietrosiuk A. (2015) Paclitaxel production and PAL activity in hairy root cultures of Taxus x media var. Hicksii carrying a taxadiene synthase transgene elicited with nitric oxide and methyl jasmonate. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 37: 218.

Skłodowska M., Naliwajski M., Wielanek M., Gajewska E., Kuźniak E. (2015) Arbutin- and benzotiadiazole-mediated cucumber response to Pseudomonas syringae pv. lachrymans infection in carbohydrate metabolism. Scientia Horticulturae 192: 200-210.

Skłodowska, M., Naliwajski, M., Wielanek, M., Gajewska E., Kuźniak E. (2015) Nitrogen forms modulate effects of benzothiadiazole and arbutin on cucumber sugar metabolism. Biologia Plantarum 59(4): 757-766.

2014

Bernat P., Gajewska E., Szewczyk R., Słaba M., Długoński J. (2014) Tributyltin (TBT) induces oxidative stress and modifies lipid profile in the filamentous fungus Cunninghamella elegans. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 21: 4228–4235.

Bernat P., Gajewska E., Bernat T., Wielanek M. (2014) Characterisation of the wheat phospholipid fraction in the presence of nickel and/or selenium. Plant Growth Regulation 72: 163-170.

Grąbkowska R., Mielicki W., Wielanek M., Wysokińska H. (2014) Changes of phenylethanoid and iridoid glycoside distribution in various tissues of shoot cultures and regenerated plants of Harpagophytum procumbens (Burch.) DC. ex Meisn. South African Journal of Botany 95: 159–164.

Kuźniak E., Głowacki R., Chwatko G., Kopczewski T., Wielanek M., Gajewska E., Skłodowska M. (2014) Involvement of ascorbate, glutathione, protein S-thiolation and salicylic acid in benzothiadiazole-inducible defense response of cucumber against Pseudomonas syringae pv lachrymans. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology 86: 89-97.

Naliwajski M.R., Skłodowska M. (2014) Proline and its metabolism enzymes in cucumber cell cultures Cucumis sativus during acclimation to salinity. Protoplasma 2251: 201-209.

Naliwajski M.R., Skłodowska M. (2014) The pro- and antioxidant system in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) cells during acclimatization to salinity. Biologia Plantarum 58: 47-54.

Golemiec E., Tokarz K., Wielanek M., Niewiadomska E. (2014) A dissection of the effects of ethylene, H2O2 and high irradiance on antioxidants and several genes associated with stress and senescence in Tobacco leaves. Journal of Plant Physiology 171: 269-175.

Theses topics

Master’s theses
  • Selenium accumulation and its influence on thiarubrine and thiophene contents in Schkuhria pinnata hairy roots.
  • Production of tropane alkaloids in hairy root cultures of Physalis ixocarpa.
  • Phytoremediation properties of hairy root cultures of Tropaeolum majus L. and Oxalis triangularis L.
  • Phenolic compounds in defence responses of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) and tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) plants induced by selected Trichoderma strains.  
  • The changes of selected antioxidant enzymes activities in coniferous tree seedlings after insect attack.
  • Analysis of antioxidant potential and phenolic compounds profiles of Physalis peruviana and Solanum nigrum
  • Involvement of reactive oxygen species and salicylic acid in response of cucumber (Cucumis   sativus) to Pseudomonas syringae pv lachrymans infection.
  • Influence of selenium treatment on nickel toxicity in wheat seedlings.
Bachelor’s theses
  • Cranberry – health in nature.
  • Nutraceutics – products on the basis of biologically active  compounds from plants
  • Crop plants in phytotherapy.
  • The use of hairy root cultures for production of transgenic plants.
  • Allelopatic interactions of higher plants and their ecological implications
  • How do plants communicate? The role of chemical signals in plant-environment interactions.
  • Plant in vitro cultures in practical use.

Materials for students

Handbooks in plant physiology, biochemistry and biotechnology as well as laboratory conspectus available from Department of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry Library.