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Prof. Dr. habil. Marek Tomalak, professor

Head, Department of Biological Control
Institute of Plant Protection - NRI, Władysława Węgorka 20, 60-318 Poznan, Poland
Phone: +48 61 864 9074, Fax +48 61 867 6301
E-mail: M.Tomalak@iorpib.poznan.pl

Research interests
  • biological pest control, insect pathology, entomopathogenic nematodes, genetics of entomopathogenic nematodes, entomology,  urban trees, insect pests of urban trees and shrubs (Insect pests of urban trees and shrubs)

Education
  • B.Sc. & M.Sc. (1977) - forestry, forest entomology, Department of Forestry, Poznan Agricultural University, Poznan, Poland (1972 – 1977).

  • Ph.D. (1984) - entomology, entomopathogenic nematodes, Department of Entomology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada (1980 – 1984).

  • Dr.Sc. (Dr. habil.) (1998) – genetics of entomopathogenic nematodes, Institute of Plant Protection, Poznan, Poland.

  • Prof. (2006) - agriculture, Institute of Plant Protection, Poznan, Poland

Employment
  • 2006 - present: Department of Biological Control & Quarantine, Institute of Plant Protection, Poznan, Poland - full professor and head

  • 2003 - 2006: Department of Biological Control & Quarantine, Institute of Plant Protection, Poznan, Poland - associate professor and head

  • 1999 - 2002 Department of Biological Control & Quarantine, Institute of Plant Protection, Poznan, Poland - associate professor

  • 1988 - 1998 Department of Biological Control & Quarantine, Institute of Plant Protection, Poznan, Poland - assistant professor

  • 1984 – 1988 Ornamental bulb farm, Poznan / Chludowo, Poland – owner

  • 1980 – 1984 Department of Entomology / Department of Zoology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada - Ph.D student. - student teaching assistant 

  • 1977 – 1980 Institute of Forest Protection, Poznan Agricultural University, Poznan, Poland -senior research assistant

  • 1976 – 1977 Institute of Forest Protection, Poznan Agricultural University, Poznan, Poland - technical assistant

Foreign Experience
  • 1980–1984 (4 years) Department of Entomology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. Ph.D. study / student teaching assistant

  • 1990 (6 weeks.) Japan International Cooperation Agency –Tokyo, Japan – Study Course in Modern  Agriculture

  • 1991-1992 (10 months) Department of Entomology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA - Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship - Genetic selection of entomopathogenic nematodes. 

  • 1995 (2 weeks) International Institute of Parasitology (CABI-International), St. Albans, Great Britain - Entomopathogenic nematodes - DNA analysis 

  • 1995 (1 week) Institute of Entomology, Czech Academy of Science, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. Entomopathogenic nematodes - SEM analysis

  • 1997 (2 weeks) Laboratoire de Biologie des Invertebres, INRA, Antibes, France - Entomopathogenic nematodes - DNA analysis  

Participation in international programs and research grants
  • 1976–1980 Studies on pathogenic microorganisms of Tomicus piniperda and T. minor. Maria Sklodowska-Curie Foundation, Project FG-Po-357, JB-25 - junior researcher

  • 1993-1995 COST-812 Cold active strains of entomopathogenic nematodes - partner

  • 1994–1996 [Selective breeding of entomopathogenic nematodes in order to improve their efficacy in biological and integrated control of the Western Flower Thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis], Committee for Scientific Research - grant no. 5 S303 042 06 – project leader / researcher.

  • 1998-2000 [Potential of entomopathogenic nematodes, bacteria and fungi in integrated protection of forest nurseries and plantations against scarab grubs (Melolonthinae)]. Committee for Scientific Research - grant no. 5P06M00111 – researcher.

  • 1995-2000 COST-819 Entomopathogenic nematodes – partner

  • 2000-2002 COST E12 Urban Forests and Urban Trees - partner

  • 2001-2002 [Integration of plant protection methods in environmentally safe control of insect pests of urban trees]. Committee for Scientific Research - grant SPUB-M - project leader / researcher

  • 2001-2003 [Evaluation of the role of entomopathogenic nematodes in reduction of urban tree pests populations and potential for their wider implementation in the practice of plant protection]. Committee for Scientific Research - grant  no. 6 PO6H 08020 - project leader / researcher

  • 2001-2005 COST 850 Biocontrol Symbioses - partner

  • 2003-2005 [Induction and identification of new phenotypes of entomopathogenic nematode infective juveniles and evaluation of their genetic background and potential for plant protection]. Committee for Scientific Research - grant - SPUB-M  - project leader / researcher

  • 2004-2008 COST E39 Forests, Trees and Human Health and Well-being -partner

  • 2004-2007 [Biological and technological basis for use of entomopathogenic nematodes in biological and integrated control of slected sawflies (Hymenoptera:Symphyta) - important pests of orchard and urban trees] Committee for Scientific Research - Ggrant no 2 P06R 091 26 - project leader / researcher

Current Research Areas

The main areas of current research include: (1) genetics of entomopathogenic nematodes, genetic improvement of their efficacy against mushroom and greenhouse culture pests, (2) biological and integrated control of pests of urban trees and shrubs, (3)  evaluation of the role played by natural populations of entomopathogenic namtodes in the soil.

Publications

  1. Tomalak, M., Michalski, J., Grocholski, J. 1984. The influence of nematodes on the structure of genitalia of Tomicus poiniperda (Coleoptera: Scolytidae). Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 43: 358-362.  

  2. Tomalak, M., Welch, H.E., Galloway, T.D. 1988. Interaction of parasitic nematode Parasitorhabditis oldhami (Nematoda: Aphelenchoididae) and a bacterium in Dutch Elm Disease vector, Hylurgopinus rufipes (Coleoptera: Scolytidae). Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 52: 301-308. 

  3. Tomalak, M., Welch, H.E., Galloway, T.D. 1989. Nematode parasites of bark beetles (Scolytidae) in southern Manitoba, with description of three species of Sulphuretylenchus Rűhm (Nematoda: Allantonematidae). Canadian Journal of Zoology, 67: 2497-2505. 

  4. Tomalak, M., Welch, H.E., Galloway, T.D. 1989. Parasitism of Parasitorhabditis obtusa and P. autographi (Nematoda: Rhabditidae) in the digestive tract of their bark beetle (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) hosts. Journal of Invertebrate Pathoogy, 53: 57-63.

  5. Tomalak, M., Welch, H.E., Galloway, T.D. 1989. Pathology of Aphelenchoides pityokteini (Nematoda: Aphelenchoidae) in the Malpighian tubules of Pityokteines sparsus (Coleoptera Scolytidae). Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 53: 140-141.

  6. Tomalak, M., Welch, H.E., Galloway, T.D. 1989. Effects of crowding on Sulphuretylenchus spp. (Nematoda: Allantonematidae) in the haemocoel of their bark beetle hosts (Coleoptera: Scolytidae). Canadian Entomologist. 121(9): 821-822.

  7. Tomalak, M., Welch, H.E., Galloway, T.D. 1990. Pathogenicity of Allantonematidae (Nematoda) infecting bark beetles (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) in Manitoba. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 68: 89-100.

  8. Tomalak, M., Lipa, J.J. 1991. Factors affecting entomophilic activity of Neoaplectana feltiae in mushroom compost. Entomologia  Experimentalis et Applicata, 59:105-110.

  9. Grewal, P.S., Tomalak, M., Keil C.B.O., Gaugler, R. 1993. Evaluation of a genetically selected strain of Steinernema feltiae against the mushroom sciarid Lycoriella mali. Annals of Applied Biology, 123: 695-702.

  10. Tomalak, M. 1994. Selective breeding of Steinernema feltiae (Filipjev) (Nematoda: Steinernematidae) for improved efficacy in control of a mushroom fly, Lycoriella solani Winnertz (Diptera: Sciaridae). Biocontrol Science and Technology, 4: 187-198.

  11. Tomalak, M. 1994. Phenotypic and genetic characterization of dumpy infective juvenile mutant in Steinernema feltiae (Rhabditida: Steinernematidae). Fundamental and Applied Nematology, 17: 485-495.

  12. Selvan, S., Grewal, S.P., Gaugler, R., Tomalak, M. 1994. Evaluation of steinernematid nematodes against Popillia japonica (Coleoptera: Scarabeidae) larvae: Species, strains, and rinse after application. Journal of Economic Entomology, 87: 605-609. 

  13. Tomalak, M. 1995. Biocontrol potential of new, genetically altered strains of an entomopathogenic nematode, Steinernema feltiae. XIII International Plant Protection Congress (2-7.07.1995, Hague, The Netherlands) - Abstracts. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 620.

  14. Tomalak, M. 1997. New morphological variants of infective juveniles associated with mutations in four sex-linked genes of Steinernema feltiae (Filipjev) (Nematoda: Steinernematidae). Fundamental and Applied Nematology, 20: 541-550.

  15. Tomalak, M., Mráček, Z. 1998. Scanning electron microscope study on morphological modifications of lateral fields in infective juveniles of mutant Steinernema feltiae (Filipjev) (Nematoda: Steinernematidae). Fundamental and Applied Nematology, 21: 89-94. 

  16. Tomalak, M. 2002. Potential new targets for entomopathogenic nematodes in biological control of urban pests. Fourth International Congress of Nematology (8-13.07.2002, Tenerife, Spain) Abstracts. Nematology, 4:199. 

  17. Tomalak, M. 2003. Biocontrol potential of entomopathogenic nematodes against winter moths (Operophtera brumata and O. fagata) (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) infesting urban trees. Biocontrol Science and Technology, 13: 517-527.

  18. Tomalak, M. 2004. Infectivity of entomopathogenic nematodes to soil-dwelling developmental stages of tree leaf beetles Altica quercetorum Foudr. and Agelastica alni L. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 110: 125-133.

  19. Filipiak A., Jakubowska A., Tomalak M. 2010.Species-specific polymerase chain reaction primers for simple detection of Bursaphelenchus fraudulentus (Nematoda: Parasitaphelenchidae). Nematology, 12(1): 157-160.

  20. Tomalak M., Filipiak A. 2010. Description of Bursaphelenchus populi sp. n. (Nematoda:Parasitaphelenchidae), a new member of the xylophilus group from aspen, Populus tremula L., in Europe. Nematology, 12(3): 399-416.

  21. Tomalak M., Filipiak A. 2011. Description of Bursaphelenchus trypophloei sp. n. (Nematoda: Parasitaphelenchinae) - an associate of a bark beetle, Trypophloeus asperatus (Gyll.) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae) in aspen, Populus tremula L. Nematology,13(5): 619-636.

  22. Tomalak, M., Worrall, J., Filipiak, A. 2013. Bursaphelenchus masseyi sp. n. (Nematoda: Parasitaphelenchinae) – a nematode associate of the bark beetle, Trypophloeus populi Hopkins (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae), in aspen, Populus tremuloides Michx. affected by sudden aspen decline in Colorado. Nematology, 15(8): 907-924.

  23. Tomalak, M., Filipiak, A. 2014. Bursaphelenchus fagi sp. n. (Nematoda: Parasitaphelenchidae), an insect pathogenic nematode in Malpighian tubules of the bark beetle, Taphrorychus bicolor (Herbst.) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae), in European beech, Fagus silvatica L. Nematology, 16(5), 591-606.

  24. Tomalak, M., Malewski, T. 2014. Bursaphelenchus tiliae sp. n. (Nematoda: Parasitaphelenchidae), a nematode associate of the bark beetle Ernoporus tiliae (Panz.) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae), in small-leaved lime, Tilia cordata Mill. Nematology, 16(10), 1181-1196.

  25. Tomalak, M., Filipiak, A., Malewski, T., Pomorski, J. 2014. Distinction of ‘trypophloei’ group – a new typological group among wood nematodes of the genus Bursaphelenchus Fuchs, 1937. Journal of Nematology 46 (2), 248.  

  26. Tomalak, M., Pomorski J.J. 2015. Description of Bursaphelenchus piceae sp. n. from larval galleries of six-toothed spruce bark beetle, Pityogenes chalcographus (L.) in Norway spruce, Picea abies (L.) Karsten. Nematology 17, 1165-1183.

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Other interests:

Forest sensu lato, macrophotography, existentialism-literature, zen, didgeridoo.

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