Dr Piotr Waligórski

Role and mechanisms of mycorrhiza in plants and its contribution to alleviation of drought stress


    • Pociecha E.
    • Dziurka M.
    • Waligórski P.
    • Krępski K.
    • Janeczko A.
    • 24-Epibrassinolide pre-treatment modifies cold-induced photosynthetic acclimation mechanisms and phytohormone response of perennial ryegrass in cultivar-dependent manner.
    • 2017.
    • Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, 36: 618-628.
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    • Kalandyk A.
    • Waligórski P.
    • Dubert F.
    • Role of the maternal effect phenomena in improving water stress tolerance in narrow-leafed lupine (Lupinus angustifolius).
    • 2017.
    • Plant Breeding, 136: 167-173.
    • Grzyb M.
    • Kalandyk A.
    • Waligórski P.
    • Mikuła A.
    • The content of endogenous hormones and sugars in the process of early somatic embryogenesis in the tree fern Cyathea delgadii Sternb.
    • 2017.
    • Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture, 129: 1-11.
    • Janeczko A.
    • Gruszka D.
    • Pociecha E.
    • Dziurka M.
    • Filek M.
    • Jurczyk B.
    • Kalaji H.M.
    • Kocurek M.
    • Waligórski P.
    • Physiological and biochemical characterisation of watered and drought-stressed barley mutants in the HvDWARF gene encoding C6- oxidase involved in brassinosteroid biosynthesis.
    • 2016.
    • Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 99: 126-141.
    • Klamerus-Iwan A.
    • Błońska E.
    • Lasota J.
    • Kalandyk A.
    • Waligórski P.
    • Influence of oil contamination on physical and biological properties of forest soil after chainsaw use.
    • 2015.
    • Water Air and Soil Pollution, 226: 389-388.
    • Grabacka M.
    • Waligórski P.
    • Zapata A.
    • Blake D.A.
    • Wyczechowska D.
    • Wilk A.
    • Rutkowska M.
    • Vashistha H
    • Ayyala R.
    • Ponnusamy T
    • John V.T.
    • Culicchia F
    • Wisniewska-Becker A.
    • Reiss K.
    • Fenofibrate subcellular distribution as a rationale for the intracranial delivery through biodegradable carrier..
    • 2015.
    • Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, 66: 233-247.
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2008 – present - post-doc (adiunkt) at The Franciszek Gorski Institute of Plant Physiology, Polish Academy of Science, Krakow, Poland
2014 - present - head of The Joint Laboratory of Biotechnology and Enzyme Catalysis
2005 – 2014 - staff member at The Joint Laboratory of Biotechnology and Enzyme Catalysis
2010 - 2011 - Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, USA
2004 – 2008 - assistant at The Franciszek Gorski Institute of Plant Physiology, Polish Academy of Science, Krakow, Poland
1998 – 2003 - Ph.D. Studies at the Faculty of Agriculture and Economics, Agricultural University, Krakow, Poland
1993 – 1998 - M.Sc. Studies at the Faculty of Biology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, speciality: molecular biology


Hormonal regulation of plant flowering.
Self-incompatibility of cabbage.
Arbuscular mycorrhiza and its link with hormonal regulation of plant physiology.
The application of modern techniques in plant physiology studies: high performance liquid chromatography, mass spectroscopy, capillary electrophoresis.


Determination of the plant compounds (MS HPLC):
- auxines (IAA, IBA)
- cytokinines (kinetin, zeatin, their rybosides and others)
- abscisic acid (ABA)
- polyamines (putrescine, spermine, spermidine and others)
- sugars (glucose, fructose, sucrose, maltose and others)
- phenolic acids (salicylic acid, caffeic, cynnamic and others)
- flavonoids
- tocochromanoles (tocopheroles and tocotrienoles)

Capillary Electrophoresis:
- proteins
- organic and inorganic anions

2D gel electrophoresis

ELISA assay

Image analysis:
- good experience in LUCIA system

N N310 452638 - Możliwość zwiększenia efektywności androgenezy u pszenżyta (x Triticosecale Wittm.) poprzez kontrolę równowagi hormonalnej i natężenia stresu oksydacyjnego w pylnikach. Project leader: dr hab. Iwona Żur 2010 - 2013
621/N-COST/09/2010/0 - Aktywność poliamin i związków fenolowych w reakcji odporności na suszę glebową roślin motylkowych uprawianych na białko. Project leader: dr inż. Edyta Skrzypek, 2010 - 2012
2 P04G 109 28 – The influence of mycorrhizal fungi on biomass production and level of active compounds in Arnica montana L. Project leader: dr Anna Jurkiewicz, 23.03.2005-22.03.2008
CROPSTRESS QLAM-2001-00424 – Centre of Research on the Biology of Plants Subjected to Environmental Stress in Sustainable Agricultural Production. Project leader: dr hab. Maria Wędzony, 01.04.2003-30.03.2006
R12 045 02 – Development of methods of vegetable treating for increasing its global resistance, content of natural antioxidants and stabilization of crop quality during storage. Project leader: prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Miszalski
PL 023168 SAFIR – Safe and High Quality Food Production using Low Quality Waters and Improved Irrigation Systems and Management. 2006-2008
5 P06A 032 18 – The influence of coincidence between photosynthetic active radiation and temperature to gaining frost resistance in rape (Brassica napus var. oleifera) by growth rate changes during prehardening and dehardening. Project leader: dr eng. Marcin Rapacz, 01.01.2000-31.12.2002