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

-

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.

Ewa Gajewska, Assoc. Professor

+48 42 635 44 16

A/210

Thu
11:00-1:00 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.

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

-

Marzena Wielanek, PhD

+48 42 635 44 16

A/210

-

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

Katarzyna Jas, MSc

+48 42 635 44

    A/204

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

Tomasz Kopczewski, MSc

+48 42 635 44

    A/204

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

Marta Olszewska, MSc

+48 42 635 44

     A/204

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

Monika Skwarek, MSc

+48 42 635 44

     A/204

Wed 10:00-12:00

Mateusz Wala, MSc

+48 42 635 44

     A/215

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

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

  • Gajewska E., Bernat P., Długoński J., Skłodowska M. (2012) Effect of nickel on membrane integrity, lipid peroxidation and fatty acid composition in wheat seedlings. J. Agron. Crop Sci. 198: 286-294.
  • Gabara B., Kuźniak E., Skłodowska M., Surówka E., Miszalski Z. (2012) Ultrastructural and metabolic modifications at the plant–pathogen interface in Mesembryanthemumcrystallinum leaves infected by Botrytis cinerea. Environ. Exp. Bot. 77: 33-43.
  • Piątczak E., KrólickaA., Wielanek M., Wysokińska H. (2012) Hairy root cultures of Rehmannia glutinosa and production of iridoid and phenylethanoid glycosides. Acta Physiol. Plant. (2012) 34: 2215-2224.
  • Bergier K., Kuźniak E., Wielanek M., Królicka A., Skłodowska M. (2012) Antioxidant profiles and selected parameters of primary metabolism in Physalis ixocarpa hairy roots transformed by two Agrobactarium rhizogenes strains. Acta Biol. Crac. Ser. Bot. 54: 24-33.
  • Gocławski J. Sekulska-Nalewajko J., Kuźniak E. (2012) Neural network segmentation of images from stained cucurbits leaves with colour symptoms of biotic and abiotic stresses. Int. J. Appl. Math. Comp. Sci. 22: 669-684.
  • Kuźniak E., GabaraB., Skłodowska M., Libik-Konieczny M., Miszalski Z. (2011) Effects of NaCl on the response of the halophyte Mesembryanthemum crystallinum callus to Botrytis cinerea infection. Biol. Plant. 55: 423-430.
  • Libik-Konieczny M., Surowka E., Kuźniak E., Nosek M., Miszalski Z. (2011) Effects of Botrytis cinerea and Pseudomonas syringae infection on the antioxidant profile of Mesembryanthemum crystallinum C3/CAM intermediate plant. J. Plant Physiol. 168: 1052-1059.
  • Skłodowska M., Gajewska E.,Kuźniak E., Wielanek M., Mikiciński A., Sobiczewski P. (2011) Antioxidant profile and polyphenol oxidase activities in apple leaves after Erwinia amylovora infection and pretreatment with a benzothiadiazole-type resistance inducer (BTH). J. Phytopathol. 159: 495-504.
  • Kaluzna-Czaplinska J., Bergier K. (2011) Chemical constituents of the methanol extract of hairy roots of Physalis ixocarpa. Chem. Nat. Comp. 47: 295-296.
  • Kuźniak E., GabaraB., Skłodowska M., Libik-Konieczny M., Miszalski Z. (2011) Effects of NaCl on the response of the halophyte Mesembryanthemum crystallinum callus to Botrytis cinerea infection. Biol. Plant. 55: 423-430.
  • Skłodowska M., Gajewska E., Kuźniak E., Mikiciński A., Sobiczewski P. (2010) BTH-mediated antioxidant system responses in apple leaf tissues. Sci. Hort. 125: 34-40.
  • Kuźniak E., Kornas A., Gabara B., Ullrich C., Skłodowska M., Miszalski Z. (2010) Interaction of Botrytis cinerea with the intermediate C3-CAM plant Mesembryanthemum crystallinum. Environ. Exp. Bot. 69: 137-147.
  • Gajewska E., Skłodowska M. (2010) Differential effect to of equal coper, cadmium and nickel concentration on biochemical reactions in wheat seedlings. Ecotoxicol. Environ. Saf. 73: 996-1003.
  • Kornas A., Kuźniak E., Ślesak I., Miszalski Z. (2010) The key role of the redox status in regulation of metabolism in photosynthesizing organisms. Acta Bioch. Pol. 57: 143-151.
  • Grąbkowska R., Królicka A., Mielicki W., Wielanek M., Wysokińska H. (2010) Genetic transformation of Harpagophytum procumbens by Agrobacterium rhizogenes: iridoid and phenylethanoid glycoside accumulation in hairy root cultures. Acta Physiol. Plant. 32: 665-673.
  • Wielanek M., Królicka A., Bergier K., Gajewska E., Skłodowska M. (2009) Transformation of Nasturtium officinale, Barbarea verna and Arabis caucasica for hairy roots and glucosinolate-myrosinase system production. Biotech. Lett. 31: 917-921.
  • Gajewska E., Wielanek M., Bergier K., Sklodowska M. (2009) Nickel-induced depression of nitro gen assimilation in wheat roots. Acta Physiol. Plant. 31: 1291-1300.
  • Gocławski J., Sekulska-Nalewajko J., Gajewska E., Wielanek M. (2009) An automatic segmentation metod for scanned images of wheat root systems with dark discolourations. Int. J. Appl. Math. Comp. Sci. 19: 679-689.
  • Gajewska E., Skłodowska M.(2008) Differential biochemical responses of wheat shoots and roots to nickel stress: antioxidative reactions and proline accumulation. Plant Growth Regul. 54: 179-188.
  • Gapińska M., Skłodowska M., Gabara B. (2008) Effect of short- and long-term salinity on the activities of antioxidative enzymes and lipid peroxidation in tomato roots. Acta Physiol. Plant. 30: 11-18.

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.