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


    • Kopeć P.
    • Hornyák M.
    • Pastuszak J.
    • Szczerba A.
    • Rapacz M.
    • Waga J.
    • Płażek A.
    • Changes in the Flower and Leaf Proteome of Common Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench) under High Temperature .
    • 2021.
    • International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 22/5: 2678.
    • Makowski W.
    • Królicka A.
    • Nowicka A.
    • Zwyrtková J.
    • Tokarz B.
    • Pecinka A.
    • Banasiuk R.
    • Tokarz K.
    • Transformed tissue of Dionaea muscipula J. Ellis as a source of biologically active phenolic compounds with bactericidal properties.
    • 2021.
    • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 105: 1215–1226 .
    • Nowicka A.
    • Kovacik M.
    • Tokarz B.
    • Vrána J.
    • Zhang Y.
    • Weigt D.
    • Doležel J.
    • Pecinka A.
    • Dynamics of endoreduplication in developing barley seeds.
    • 2021.
    • Journal of Experimental Botany, 72: 268–282.
    • Zieliński K.
    • Dubas E.
    • Gerši Z.
    • Krzewska M.
    • Janas A.
    • Nowicka A.
    • Matušíková I.
    • Żur I.
    • Sakuda S.
    • Moravčíková J.
    • β-1,3-Glucanases and chitinases participate in the stress-related defence mechanisms that are possibly connected with modulation of arabinogalactan proteins (AGP) required for the androgenesis initiation in rye (Secale cereale L.).
    • 2021.
    • Plant Science, 302: 110700.
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