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 (algae) with potential use in industry 

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


    • Filek M.
    • Sieprawska A.
    • Kościelniak J.
    • Oklestkova J.
    • Jurczyk B.
    • Telk A.
    • Biesaga-Kościelniak J.
    • Janeczko A.
    • The role of chloroplasts in the oxidative stress induced by zearalenone in wheat plants – function of 24-epibrassinolide and selenium in protective mechanisms.
    • 2019.
    • Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 137: 84-92.
    • Barabasz A.
    • Rudolphi-Skórska E.
    • Filek M.
    • Janeczko A.
    • Exposure of human lymphoma cells (U-937) to action of the individual mycotoxin and its mixtures with potential protectors 24-epibrassinolide and selenium ions.
    • 2019.
    • Mycotoxin Research 35:89–98.
    • Wiszniewska A.
    • Muszyńska E.
    • Hanus-Fajerska E.
    • Dziurka K.
    • Dziurka M.
    • Evaluation of the protective role of exogenous growth regulators against Ni toxicity in woody shrub Daphne jasmine.
    • 2018.
    • Planta 248: 1365-1381.
    • Szopa A.
    • Dziurka M.
    • Warzecha A.
    • Kubica P.
    • Klimek-Szczykutowicz M.
    • Ekiert H.
    • Targeted Lignan Profiling and Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Schisandra rubriflora and Schisandra chinensis Extracts.
    • 2018.
    • Molecules 2018, 23, 3103.
    • Janeczko A.
    • Dziurka M.
    • Pociecha E.
    • Increased leaf tocopherol and ß-carotene content is associated with the tolerance of winter wheat cultivars to frost.
    • 2018.
    • Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science 204: 594-602.
    • Sadura  I.
    • Janeczko A.
    • Physiological and molecular mechanisms of brassinosteroid-induced tolerance to high and low temperature in plants.
    • 2018.
    • Biologia Plantarum 62: 601-616.
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