DEPARTMENT OF PLANT ECOPHYSIOLOGY

Head of Department: Małgorzata Posmyk, Professor

Address: Banacha 12/16, building A, 90-237 Lodz

Office: Katarzyna Opas

Phone: +48 42 635 44 22

Fax: +48 42 635 44 23

e-mail:

 http://www.biol.uni.lodz.pl/~kerr

 

Staff:

Name

Phone number

e-mail

building/
room

Office hours

Małgorzata Posmyk, Professor

+48 42 635 44 22

A/171

Wed
10:00-12:00

Krystyna Janas, retired Professor

-

-

-

Andrzej K. Kononowicz, Professor

 +48 42 635 44 25    A/304  Mon
10:00-12:00

Zdzisława Romanowska-Duda, Assoc. Professor

+48 42 635 44 21

A/138

Mon
12:00–2:00 p.m.

Katarzyna Szafrańska, Assoc. Professor

+48 42 635 44 21

A/136

Thu
10:00-12:00

Michał Juraniec

PhD

 +48 42 635 44 21    A/136  

Wed
10:00-12:00

Agnieszka Kobylińska

PhD

+48 42 635 44 21

A/136

Wed
10:00-12:00

Paweł Jedyński

+48 42 635 42 20

A/137

-

Katarzyna Opas

+48 42 635 44 22

A/171

-

 

Post-graduate students:

Name

                                  Phone number

 e-mail

      building/
room

                                       Office hours

Izabela Kołodziejczyk, MSc

+48 42 635 44 21

A/171

Thu
2:00-3:00 p.m.

Krzysztof Piotrowski, MSc

+48 42 635 44 21

A/137

Tue
12:00-1:00 p.m.

 

Research areas

• Physiological and biochemical mechanisms of plant resistance to abiotic environmental stresses

• Influence of abiotic factors on plant growth and development; induction and regulation of plant cell death process

• Seed quality enhancement by pre-conditioning and application of natural bio-stimulators

• Melatonin role in plants

• Study of antioxidant properties of phytocompounds in the context of obtaining new sources of functional foods and natural cosmeceuticals

• New strategies to optimize cultivation of energy crop biomass, with innovative technology of algae and Cyanobacteria metabolites used in order to reduce fertilizers in organic production

• Phytoremediation - a new area of energy crop use in environment and water restoration

 

Scientific projects / Grants

  • 2011-2014, Grant MNiSZW N N310 111940. Proteomic analysis of changes in embryonic axes isolated from seeds conditoned with melatonin and exposed to chilling stress during germination– manager Assoc. Prof. Małgorzata Posmyk.
  • 2010-2013, Grant MNiSZW N N304 385338. Phytoremediation - a new area where  energy plants can be used to recultivate environment and renaturize fresh water tanks  -  manager Assoc. Prof. Zdzisława Romanowska-Duda.
  • 2008-2011, Grant MNiSZW N305 322035. Development of a strategy to cultivate energy plants  using organic methods under the conditions of global climatic and environmental changes  - performer dr hab. Zdzisława Romanowska-Duda.
  • 2008-2011, Grant MNiSzW N N310 143035. Seed conditioning with melatonin as an effective method toXXX improve their vigor under abiotic stresses - manager Assoc. Prof. Małgorzata Posmyk.
  • 2007-2010, Grant MNiSzW  N305 05332/1931. Recycling of sewage sludge  to intensify organic  cultivation of energy plants  used as biofuels and in phytoremediation of degraded areas and eutriphised waters - manager Assoc. Prof. Zdzisława Romanowska-Duda.

 

Cooperation

  • Institute of Experimental Botany (http://www.ueb.cas.cz), Laboratory of Phenolic Substances, Academy of Sciences, Rozvojowa 135, 165 02 Praha 6, Czech Republic.
  • Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Sorbonne Universities; Paris VI) http://www.upmc.fr/fr/ - Physiologie Cellulaire et Moléculaire des Plantes - Germination et Dormance des Semences http://lpva.snv.jussieu.fr UR 5 UPMC, EAC 7180 CNRS: Bat C, 2éme étage, boîte 156; 4 place Jussieu; 75252 Paris, Cedex 05, France.
  • Institute of Animal Production and Food Research of Polish Academy of Sciences, Department of Chemical and Physical Properties of Food, Tuwima 10, 10-747 Olsztyn
  • Research Institute of Horticulture (http://www.inhort.pl) Tissue Culture Laboratory,  Konstytucji 3 Maja 1/3, 96-100 Skierniewice and Laboratory of Nursery and  Ornamental Plant Seeds, Pomologiczna 18, 96-100 Skierniewice.
  • Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, UT Health Science Center, USA

Expertises / Service

  • In vitro plant cultures
  • Antioxidative activities of different substances and mixtures (ABTS test, FRAP, DPPH test, βCBT, FeMICA)
  • Activity of antioxidant enzymes in plant material
  • Stress markers (TBARS, proline, phenolics, OxiProt, H2O2, disfunction of membranes)
  • Evaluation of seed quality (tests of germination, growth, vigour etc)
  • Selection of pre-sowing seed conditioning methods
  • Environmental biotests
  • Technologies of energy plant cultivation - consultation
  • Effective use of soils to cultivate energy plants – consultations and analyses

Selected publications

  • Posmyk MM, Szafrańska K. 2016. Biostimulators – a new trend towards solving an old problem. Frontiers in Plant Science 7:748.
  • Bałabusta M, Szafrańska K, Posmyk MM. 2016. Exogenous melatonin improves antioxidant defense in cucumber seeds (Cucumis sativus L.) germinated under chilling stress. Frontiers in Plant Science 7:575.    
  • Kołodziejczyk I, Posmyk MM.2016. Melatonin - a new plant biostimulator? Journal of  Elementology 21(4):1187-1198.
  • Kołodziejczyk I, Dzitko K, Szewczyk R, Posmyk MM.2016. Exogenous melatonin improves corn (Zea mays L.) embryo proteome in seeds subjected to chilling stress. Journal of Plant Physiology 193: 47-56.
  • Kołodziejczyk I, Dzitko K, Szewczyk R, Posmyk MM. 2016. Exogenous melatonin expediently modifies proteome of maize (Zea mays L.) embryo during seed germination. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 38:146.
  • Piotrowski K, Romanowska-Duda Z, Grzesik M. 2016. How Biojodis and Cyanobacteria alleviate the negative influence of predicted environmental constraints on growth and physiological activity of corn plants. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies 25 (2):741-75.
  • Grzesik M, Romanowska-Duda Z, Piotrowski K, Janas R, 2015. Okrzemki (Bacillariophyceae) jako efektywne bazy nawozów ekologicznych nowej generacji. Przemysł Chemiczny 94(3): 391-396
  • Grzesik  M,  Romanowska-Duda Z, 2015. Ability of Cyanobacteria and green algae to improve metabolic activity and development of willow plants. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies 24(3): 1003-1012.
  • Kołodziejczyk I, Bałabusta M, Szewczyk R, Posmyk M.M, 2015. The levels of melatonin and its metabolites in conditioned corn (Zea mays L.) and cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) seeds during storage. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 37: 105.
  • Saluk J, Bijak M, Posmyk M.M,  Zbikowska H.M.  2015. Red cabbage anthocyanins as inhibitors of lipopolysaccharide-induced oxidative stress in blood platelets. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 80: 702-709.
  • Kobylińska A, Janas KM, 2015. Prozdrowotna rola kwercetyny obecnej w diecie człowieka. Postępy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej 69: 51-62. 
  • Szafrańska K, Szewczyk R, Janas KM.  2014. Involvement of melatonin applied to Vigna radiata L. seeds in plant response to chilling stress. Central European Journal of Biology 9(11):1117-1126.
  • Kalaji MH, Schansker G, Ladle RJ, Goltsev V, Bosa K, Allakhverdiev SI, Brestic M, Bussotti F, Calatayud A, Dąbrowski P, Elsheery NI, Ferroni L, Guidi L, Hogewoning SW, Jajoo A, Misra AN, Nebauer SG, Pancaldi S, Penella C, Poli D, Pollastrini M, Romanowska-Duda ZB, Rutkowska B, Serôdio J, Suresh K, Szulc W, Tambussi E, Yanniccari M, Zivcak M. 2014. Frequently Asked Questions about chlorophyll fluorescence: practical issues. Photosynthesis Research 122: 121-158.
  • Grzesik M, Romanowska-Duda Z.2014. Improvements in Germination, Growth and Metabolic Activity of Corn Seedlings by Grain Conditioning and Root Application with Cyanobacteria and Microalgae. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies 23(4): 1147-1153.
  • Szafrańska K,  Glinska S, Janas KM.  2013. Ameliorative effect of melatonin on meristematic cells of Vigna radiata roots treated with chilling and after rewarming. Biologia Plantarum 57: 91-96.
  • Janas KM, Posmyk MM.  2013. Melatonin, an underestimated natural substance with great potential for agricultural application. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 35: 3285-3292.
  • Szafrańska K, Glińska S, Janas KM. 2012. Changes in the nature of phenolic deposits after re-warming as a result of melatonin pre-sowing treatment of Vigna radiata seeds. Journal of Plant Physiology 169: 34-40.
  • Grzesik M, Janas R, Górnik K, Romanowska-Duda Z. 2012. Biologiczne i fizyczne metody stosowane w produkcji i uszlachetnianiu nasion. Journal of Research and Applications in Agricultural Engineering  57: 147-152.
  • Kołodziejczyk J, Saluk-Juszczak J, Posmyk MM, Janas KM, Wachowicz B. 2011. Red cabbage anthocyanins may protect blood plasma proteins and lipids. Central European Journal of Biology 6: 565-574.
  • Grzesik MR, Janas KM, Romanowska-Duda ZB. 2011. Stymulacja wzrostu i procesów metabolicznych ślazowca pensylwańskiego (Sida hermaphrodita). Problemy Inżynierii Rolniczej 4: 81-89.
  • Szafrańska K, Cvikrová M, Kowalska M, Górecka K, Górecki R, Martincová O, Janas KM. 2010. Influence of copper ions on growth, lipid peroxidation, and proline and polyamines content in carrot rosettes obtained from anther culture. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 33: 851-859.
  • Janas KM, Zielińska-Tomaszewska J, Rybaczek D, Maszewski J, Posmyk MM, Amarowicz R, Kosinska A.2010. The impact of copper ions on growth, lipid peroxidation, and phenolic compound accumulation and localization in lentil (Lens culinaris Medic.) seedlings. Journal of Plant Physiology 167: 270–276.
  • Romanowska-Duda ZB, Grzesik M, Kalaji MH. 2010. Phytotoxkit test in growth assessment of corn as an energy plant fertilized with sewage sludge.Environment Protection Engineering 36: 73-81.
  • Janas KM, Amarowicz R, Zielińska-Tomaszewska J, Kosińska A, Posmyk MM. 2009. Induction of UV-absorbing compounds in two lentil cultivars with different tolerances to copper ions. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum31: 587-595.
  • Posmyk MM, Bałabusta M, Wieczorek M, Śliwińska E, Janas KM. 2009. Melatonin applied to cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) seeds improves germination during chilling stress. Journal of Pineal Research 46: 214-223.
  • Posmyk MM, Janas KM. 2009. Melatonin in plants. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum31: 1-11.
  • Posmyk MM, Kontek R, Janas KM. 2009. Antioxidant enzymes activities and phenolic compounds content in red cabbage seedlings exposed to toxic copper concentrations. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety72: 596-602.
  • Posmyk MM, Kontek R, Janas KM. 2009. Red cabbage anthocyanin extract alleviates copper-induced cytological disturbances in plant merisematic tissue and human lymphocytes. Biometals22: 479-490.
  • Posmyk MM. 2009. Reactive Oxygen Species, Antioxidant Capacity, Antioxidant Enzymes. Multi-Volume Book Research Methods in Plant Sciences: Allelopathy, Vol 8. Biochemical Methods (Series Editor Prof. S.S. Narwal, Science Publishers, USA) pp. 367-390,  391-412, 413-432.
  • Posmyk MM, Janas KM. 2009. Phenolic Compounds. Multi-Volume Book Research Methods in Plant Sciences: Allelopathy, Vol 8. Biochemical Methods (Series Editor Prof. S.S. Narwal, Science Publishers, USA) pp. 217-238.
  • Posmyk MM, Kuran H, Marciniak K, Janas KM. 2008. Pre-sowing seed treatment with melatonin protects red cabbage seedlings against toxic copper ion concentrations. Journal of Pineal Research45: 24-31.
  • Posmyk MM, Kontek R, Janas KM, 2008. Red cabbage extract limits copper stress injury in meristematic cells of Vicia faba. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum30: 481-491.

Theses topics

Students can select the subject of work in accordance with their interests, but consultation with the job supervisor is necessary.

Master’s theses

  • Effect of seed hydro-priming with melatonin on photosynthetic apparatus of pea leaves (Pisum sativum L.) protection from the harmful effect of paraquat
  • Effect of melatonin applied to the seeds on antioxidant properties of extracts from the roots of Vigna radiata seedlings exposed to low temperature.
  • Exogenous melatonin as a biostimulator and factor affecting antioxidant enzyme activities in germinating corn (Zea mays L.) seeds.
  • Effects of hydropriming in the presence of melatonin on physiological and biochemical parameters of chilling stress in the seedlings roots of Vigna radiata. Laboratory and field experiments.
  • The impact of exogenous melatonin on changes induced by low temperature during seed germination and seedling growth of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) and white cabbage (Brassica oleracea L. var. capitata)
  • The effectiveness comparison of two methods for exogenous melatonin application to  corn  seeds (Zea mays L.).
  • Influence of bioalgen and topolin on the physiological activity of   macrophyte Lemna minor
  • Allelopathic activity of some green algae and Cyanobacteria species on the growth and development of plants from  Lemnacea family.
  • Improvement of growth and development of Panicum  virgatum by Cyanobacteria
  • Kinetics of release of cyanobacterial toxins  under natural and laboratory conditions.
  • Spirodela polyrrhiza as a bioindicator of environmental pollutants.

Bachelor’s theses

  • The chokeberries (Aronia sp.) –  a cure for the 21th century.
  • The pharmacological activity of some phenolic compounds derived from plants.
  • Flavonoids – anticancer compounds from plants
  • The colours of plants
  • Anthocyanins –  impressionists of  nature
  • Melatonin as a new plant biostimulator
  • Altered states of consciousness  - Hallucinogenic alkaloids
  • Energy plants as the future of renewable energy in Poland
  • Selected anticancer compounds from plants.
  • Green tea is the recipe for a healthy life
  • What can herbs give us?

 

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