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Institute of Plant Genetics, PAS


Name: Institute of Plant Genetics, PAS

Address: ul. Strzeszyńska 34, 60-479 Poznań, Poland


Description :

The Institute of Plant Genetics is an important research center for biological and agricultural sciences, functioning for more than 60 years, with special regard to the field of genetics and genomics of crop and model plants. The mission of IPG PAS is to conduct and promote research meeting all highest standards.

The Institute’s staff participates actively in interdisciplinary national and international cooperation with leading institutes/groups, integrating its research with national research environment and the ERA. The scientists undertake new challenges of basic research, develop innovative methods to solve emerging problems (including those due to climate changes), disseminate obtained results, support sustainable agriculture.

The IPG PAS strives to strengthen and promote its research potential to be internationally competitive. The Institute obtained two ERA Chair grants: BIO-TALENT (The Creation of the Department of Integrative Plant Biology, FP7-ERA Chairs-Pilot Call-2013), the first ERA Chair project in Poland, and NANOPLANT (The Creation of the Department of Plant Nanotechnology, H2020-WIDESPREAD-2018-04). A number of other international and national projects have been also realized, like ongoing EPPN2020 (European Plant Phenotyping Network 2020, H2020-INFRAIA-2016-1) and INCREASE (Intelligent Collections of Food Legumes Genetic Resources for European Agrofood Systems, H2020-EU.

The Institute promotes education of young researchers, running doctoral studies. In 1994 the Stefan Barbacki National Award for young scientists was established, granted annually.

In January 2014, the Institute was awarded the "HR Excellence in Research" logo by the European Commission.

Disciplines: agriculture and horticulture

Fields of activity:

  • genetics, cytogenetics, genomics – plant genome organisation and functions, genome evolution;
  • phenotyping, phenomics – plant phenotype characterising, including high throughput non-destructive phenotyping;
  • plant resistance - molecular basis of plant tolerance to abiotic stresses and resistance to pathogens, cross-talk between host organism and pathogen ;
  • metabolomics - identification and biological activity analysis of secondary metabolites in plant - pathogen interaction and in plant responses to abiotic stresses;
  • biotechnology - improvement of crop values by means of new biotechnological methods;
  • biometry and bioinformatics – statistical, informatic and bioinformatic methods for the analysis and integration of results of biological experiments;
  • integrative plant biology - growth and development of organs in higher plants.

Latest achievements:

A range of important publications has been the result of the project POLAPGEN-BD, a national consortium co-ordinated in the Institute. The project was realised by several IPG teams in co-operation with external institutions. It yielded multi-faceted, comprehensive information on plant reaction to drought, from phenotype characteristics to proteomics and metabolomics data. The results are of special value in the aspect of climate changes. Besides, some results could be implemented into agricultural practice.

Research facilities:

Molecular labs/ microscopy lab/ ultra-performance liquid chromatography combined with high resolution mass spectrometry/ controlled environment chambers/ greenhouses and experimental fields

Contact person:

Professor Barbara Naganowska
Research Director
(+48 61) 655 02 31