Department of Cell Biology

leader: Prof. Dr. hab. Eng. Iwona Żur
address: Niezapominajek 21, 30-239 Kraków
telephone: (+48) 12 4253301 (wew./ext. 40)
faks: (+48) 12 4251844
Control of gametogenesis, androgenesis and embryo formation • (a)biotic stress tolerance • plant embryology • genomic DNA sequences localisation



Poster overview of the Department of Cell Biology


Androgenesis in in vitro cultures of cereals, grasses and Brassicaceae – doubled haploid (DH) technology and utilisation of DHs in basic research and breeding practice

Molecular, proteomic, metabolomic and cytological background of androgenesis in hexaploid triticale (× Triticosecale Wittm.) and oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.)

In vitro cultures (tissue/suspension/protoplast) and its utilization in studies on tolerance/resistance and defence reactions in response to (a)biotic stress

Molecular and physiological determinants controlling resistance of winter triticale (× Triticosecale Wittm.) towards Microdochium nivale and Blumeria graminis infection

Epigenetic factors that influence on the process of microspore embryogenesis

Embryology of cassava (Manihot aesculenta Kranz)



  • Doubled haploids production by androgenesis (anther culture, isolated microspor culture) and distant crosses for basic reasearch (genetic mapping, QTLs analysis, proteomics, metabolomics) and breeding (cooperation with commeracial breeding companies)
  • In vitro culture of organs/tissues/cell and protoplasts suspensions and its utilization in the studies on embryo- or organogenesis and defences reactions induced by abiotic stress treatment
  • Plant-pathogen interactions, identification of factors that determine the resistance against pathogenic fungi
  • Early phases of plant  embryogenesis
  • Advanced analytic methods of light and fluorescent microscopy: in situ immunodetection, histochemistry, cytogenetics, cariology, cytology and classic anatomy
  • Biochemical and molecular analyses: proteins extraction and identyfication (D-Gel, Western-Blot, SELDI-TOF), DNA isolation and analysis (PAGE


    • Sychta K.
    • Dubas E.
    • Yamada K.
    • Słomka A.
    • Krzewska M.
    • Kuta E.
    • Papain-like cysteine proteases are involved in programmed cell death in plants under heavy metal stress.
    • 2020.
    • Environmental and Experimental Botany 174: 104041.
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    • Nowicka A.
    • Tokarz B.
    • Zwyrtková J.
    • Dvořák-Tomaštíková E.
    • Procházková K.
    • Ercan U.
    • Finke A.
    • Poppenberger B.
    • Otmar M.
    • Niezgodzki I.
    • Krečmerová M.
    • Schubert I.
    • Pecinka A.
    • Comparative analysis of epigenetic inhibitors reveals different degrees of interference with transcriptional gene silencing and induction of DNA damage..
    • 2020.
    • The Plant Journal,102:68–84..
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