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Head of the Department:
Prof. Maria Rataj-Guranowska, Ph.D.
phone: +48 61 864 9100

Scientists, engineers and technicians

Katarzyna Sadowska, Ph.D.
phone: +48 61 864 9099

Sylwia Stępniewska-Jarosz, Ph.D.
phone: +48 61 864 9099

Natalia Łukaszewska Skrzypniak, M.Sc.
phone: +48 61 864 9099

Anna Pukacka , M.Sc.
phone: +48 61 864 9099

Małgorzata Tyrakowska, M.Sc.
phone: +48 61 864 9099

Range of performed studies

Maintenance and conservation of  Plant Pathogenic Microorganisms Collection, among others:

  • collection of infected plants,

  • isolation of pathogenic fungi from plant material,

  • identification of isolated cultures,

  • accession of pathogens delivered to the Bank,

  • working up of database (morphological description of mycelium, microscopic analyses of struc-tures characteristic for a given species, and microphotography),

  • conservation of fungi and bacteria at least with two methods, storing of fungi on agar slants, in universal bottles, under layer of mineral oil, lyophilisation of fungi and bacteria, freezing of patho-genic fungi in 10% solution of glycerol down to –75°C, freezing in liquid nitrogen down to –196°C, and freezing of bacteria using Bacto Protect system down to –75°C,

  • renovation of collection by recovery of stored pathogens.,

  • research on species identification conservations and microorganisms storage methods.,

  • development of computer database for pathogens preserved in the collection,

  • publishing of “Compendium on plant disease symptoms and morphology of casual agents” and other publications.

Main achievements

  • Assemblage of a collection over 1600 pathogens (also quarantine-restricted pathogens), including 1500 cultures of pathogenic fungi and 119 strains of bacteria.

  • Published eight numbers of “Compendium on plant disease symptoms and morphology of casual agents”

  • Description of oilseed rape pathogens, fungi of Fusarium genius causing cereal head blight, various species of Alternaria as well as most frequently found fungi on plants, among others Collettrichum gleosporioides, Verticillium dahliae, Fusarium oxysporum.

  • Development of computer database for Collection of Plant Pathogenic Microorganisms.

  • Studies of genetic diversity occurring in European pathogens from genera  Fusarium and Verticillium using vegetative compatibility method within the Fifth European  Framework.

  • Studies of species’ biodiversity in fungal communities colonizing or infecting cultivated plants.

  • Characterization of Polish lupine antracnose casual agents, using genetic and molecular methods.

  • Extension of knowledge on preservation and conservation of fungi and bacteria; Establishment of pathogens’ exchange and selling offer.

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Contact details

Contact details

Poland, 60-318 POZNAŃ, ul. Władysława Węgorka 20

phone no: +48 61 864 9000, fax: +48 61 867 63 01


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