Department of Plant Physiology and Development

Head

Professor Jan Białczyk, PhD, DSc
room: A201 (4.1.34), phone: +48 12 664 65 10, e-mail: j.bialczyk@uj.edu.pl

Staff

Zbigniew Lechowski, PhD, DSc, emeritus
room: A242 (4.1.30), phone: +48 12 664 65 15

Beata Bober, PhD
room: A241 (4.1.31), phone: +48 12 664 65 33, e-mail: beata.bober@uj.edu.pl

Ariel Kamiński, PhD
room: A203 (4.1.33), phone: +48 12 664 65 41, e-mail: ariel.kaminski@uj.edu.pl

Ewa Latkowska, PhD
room: B243 (3.1.32), phone: +48 12 664 63 51, e-mail: ewa.latkowska@uj.edu.pl

Urszula Czaja-Prokop, MSc
room: B243 (3.1.32), phone: +48 12 664 63 51, e-mail: ula.czaja-prokop@uj.edu.pl

Kornelia Duchnik, MSc
room: A237 (4.1.12), phone: +48 12 664 65 35, e-mail: kornelia.zabaglo@uj.edu.pl

Urszula Erychleb, MSc
room: A237 (4.1.12), phone: +48 12 664 65 35, e-mail: urszula.krzysztofek@uj.edu.pl

PhD students

Michał Adamski, room: A203 (4.1.33), phone: +48 12 664 65 41
Ewelina Chrapusta, room: A242 (4.1.30), phone: +48 12 664 65 15

Research topics

  1. The search for biotechnological methods of improving plants productivity (theoretical and application research).
  2. Root adsorption of HCO3- ions, the importance of HCO3- ions absorption in the accumulation of plant biomass, identification of the types and forms of organic compounds synthesized from  HCO3- ions adsorbed by the root and transported through the xylem to the shoots of Lycopersicon esculentum, determination of  14C inter-organs distribution in tomato plants occurring after the root absorption of H H14CO3-  ions, the effect of combinations of HCO3- ions and various forms of nitrogen on the development of Lycopersicon esculentum.
  3. Conditions for the synthesis of secondary metabolites by vascular plants, cyanobacteria and lichens (tannins, bioactive cyanotoxins, cyanobacterial extracellular polysaccharides, lichen acids, mycosporines).
  4. Tannins as a component of tomato's immune system against the pathogens attack, the modification of tannins synthesis by abiotic factors, the role of phytohormones and phenolic compounds in the regulation of the tannins synthesis.
  5. Research on the physiological role of usnic acid, allelopathic influence of usnic acid (secondary metabolite in lichens) on the seed plants (an inhibition of metabolic processes and phytohormones synthesis, a disruption of water balance, a modification of enzymes activity).
  6. Conditions for the synthesis of cyanobacterial toxins.
  7. Development of new methods for degradation of cyanobacterial toxins, physical and chemical factors affecting their degradation.
  8. Allelopathic effect of macrophytes on the development of cyanobacterial population.
  9. UV photoreceptors in cyanobacteria and lichens.
  10. Movements of plant organs, mechanism of nyctinastic movement, physiological and biochemical aspects of guard cells movement, seismonastic movements of plant organs, heliotropic movements of plant organs as a factor in plant productivity
     

Methods and specialistic equipment

  • HPLC Waters system
  • Agilent 1220 Infinity
  • JASCO V-650 UV-VIS Spectrophotometer
  • Helios Alfa Thermo Spectronic UV-VIS Spectrophotometer
  • Nikon Eclipse TS-100F Microscope with a camera
  • Plant Growth Chamber KBW 240
  • Cyanobacteria and Algae Growth Chamber, Fitotron FD 711
  • Low-Pressure Liquid Chromatography System ECONO
  • Clark Electrode with equipment
  • Solid Phase Extraction System

Current projects

  1. Ariel Kamiński: Investigation of phytoremediation of cylindrospermopsin and its impact on the physiology of water plant. (2017-2020). OPUS 12, National Science Centre (NCN).
  2. Ewelina Chrapusta: Ecological significance and comprehensive characterization of mycosporine-like amino acids in lichen Cladonia arbuscula. (2016-2019). PRELUDIUM 9, National Science Centre (NCN).

Selected publications

  1. Bialczyk J., Natkański P., Kuśtrowski P., Czaja-Prokop U., Bober B., Kamiński A. 2017. Removal of cyanobacterial anatoxin-a from water by natural clay adsorbents. Applied Clay Science 148: 17–24.
  2. Adamski M., Żmudzki P., Chrapusta E., Bober B., Kaminski A., Zabaglo K.,Bialczyk J. 2016. Effect of pH and temperature on the stability of cylindrospermopsin. Characterization of decomposition products. Algal Research, 15, 129-134.
  3. Latkowska E., Bober B., Chrapusta E., Adamski M., Kaminski A., Bialczyk J. 2015. Secondary metabolites of the lichen Hypogymnia physodes (L.) Nyl. and their presence in spruce (Picea abies (L.) H. Karst.) bark. Phytochemistry, 118, 116-123.
  4. Kaminski A., Bober B., Chrapusta E., Bialczyk J. 2014. Phytoremedation of anatoxin-a by aquatic macrophyte Lemna trisulca L. Chemosphere, 112, 305-310.
  5. Bialczyk J., Kochanowski A., Czaja-Prokop U., Chrapusta E. 2014. Removal of microcystin-LR from water by polymers based on N-vinylformamide structure. Water Science & Technology: Water Supply, 14, 230-237.
  6. Kaminski A., Bober B., Lechowski Z., Bialczyk J. 2013. Determination of anatoxin-a stability under certain abiotic factors. Harmful Algae, 28, 83-87.
  7. Bober B., Lechowski Z., Bialczyk J. 2011. Determination of some cyanopeptides synthesized by Woronichinia naegeliana (Chroococcales, Cyanophyceae). Phycological Research, 59, 286-294.
  8. Bober B., Pudaś K., Lechowski Z., Bialczyk J. 2008. Degradation of microcystin–LR by ozone in the presence of Fenton reagent. Journal of Environmental Science Health Part A, 43, 186-190.
  9. Lechowski Z. 1995. Element contents and guard cell physiology of the root hemiparasite Melampyrum arvense L. before and after attachment to the host plant. Journal of plant nutrition, 18, 2551-2567.
  10. Bialczyk J., Lechowski Z. 1992. Absorption of HCO3- by roots and its effect on carbon metabolism of tomato. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 15, 293-312.

Batchelor/master thesis topics

  1. Isolation, separation and identification of new bioactive secondary metabolites synthesized by cyanobacteria.
  2. Development of physicochemical characteristics of cyanobacterial toxins, including the information concerning their stability under chosen various abiotic and biotic environmental factors (e.g. pH, temperature, UV, VIS, bacteria and macrophytes).
  3. Determination of bioassays for detection of bioactive cyanobacterial toxins.
  4. Isolation and identification of secondary metabolites synthesized by lichens.
  5. Identification of lichens' compounds useful in therapy of skin diseases.
  6. Analysis of allelopathic activity of lichens' acids on plants.
  7. Identification of metabolites synthesized by selected representatives of plants as a response against lichens invasion.
  8. Investigation of biotechnological methods of improving plants productivity (theoretical and application research).
  9. Chemical factors in autosuppression of various cyanobacterial strains development.
  10. Characteristics of biodegradation mechanism of microcystins caused by bacteria isolated from chosen Polish reservoirs.
  11. Determination of immobilization technique of MlrA enzyme and analysis of its role in microcystins decomposition.
  12. Identification of bacterial genes controlling biodegradation process of microcystins.

Requirements for candidates

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