Department of Developmental Biology

leader: Dr hab. Dip. eng. Anna Janeczko
address: Niezapominajek 21, 30-239 Kraków
telephone: (+48) 12 4251833 (wew./ext. 108)
faks: (+48) 12 4251844
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Main scientific interests:

1. Hormonal regulation of plant development
- verification of the hormonal hypothesis of flowering induction of winter plants
- the search for compounds with regulatory/hormonal nature in plants and study of their activities and mechanisms of action

2. Bioregulators, microelements and maternal effect as factors affecting plant development, yield formation and stress resistance 
- use of bioregulators (zearalenone, brassinosteroids) in crop production
- role of microelements (selene) in plant development and stress resistance
- selected biochemical mechanisms of maternal effect 

3. Physiological and biochemical determinants of biomass production of plants with potential use in industry (Miscanthus giganteus, algae)

4. Lowering of the content of allergens in wheat grains - use of allelopatics and traditional breeding

We offer the following expertise for research projects and cooperation:

1. Measurements of plant chemical composition:
- plant hormones: ethylene, salicylic acid, cytokinins, auxins, poliamines, jasmonic acid
- vitamins: C, E, provitamin A
- other substances: zearalenone, caffeine, melatonin, sugars, proteins, fatty acids, sterols, total lipids, photosynthetic pigments, H2O2, etc.
2. Osmolarity and ion concentration measurements (especially: H+, K+, Na+, Ca2+)
3. Measurements of oxidative stress enzymes activity (SOD, catalase, peroxidase)
4. Measurements of electrolyte leakage and osmotic potential
5. Electric potential measurements of plant tissues and cells
6. Plasmalemma isolation from plant material (two phase system: dextran- polyethylene glycol).
7. Artificial cell membrane creation (mono- and multi layers) as a model to study surface interaction of hydrophilic and hydrophobic compounds (hormones, enzymes).
8. Measurements of plant tissue metabolic activity via calorimetric methods
9. Potentiometric analysis, by ion selective electrode and biosensors, conductometric analysis
10. The algae cultivation under controlled light and temperature conditions, controlling the algae growth to obtain metabolites useful in industry


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    • Sieprawska A.
    • Oklestkova J.
    • Rudolphi-Skórska E.
    • Biesaga-Kościelniak J.
    • Miszalski Z.
    • Janeczko A.
    • 24-Epibrassinolide as a modifier of antioxidant activities and membrane properties of wheat cells in zearalenone stress conditions.
    • 2018.
    • Journal of Plant Growth Regulation 37: 1-14.
    • Filek M.
    • Łabanowska M.
    • Kurdziel M.
    • Sieprawska A.
    • Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy in studies of the protective effects of 24-epibrasinoide and selenium against zearalenone-stimulation of the oxidative stress in germinating grains of wheat.
    • 2018.
    • Toxins 9: 1-14.
    • Gzyl-Malcher B.
    • Filek M.
    • Rudolphi-Skórska E.
    • Sieprawska A.
    • Studies of lipid monolayers prepared from native and model plant membranes in their interaction with zearalenone and its mixture with selenium ions .
    • 2018.
    • The Journal of Membrane Biology 250: 273-284.
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    • Influence of salicylic acid pretreatment on seeds germination and some defence mechanisms of Zea mays plants under copper stress.
    • 2018.
    • Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 122: 19-30.
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    • Scientia Horticulturae 234: 10-18.
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