The Franciszek Górski Institute of Plant Physiology, PAS

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Name: The Franciszek Górski Institute of Plant Physiology, PAS

Address: Niezapominajek 21, 30-239 Kraków, Poland

Website: http://en.ifr-pan.edu.pl/

Description: 

The Franciszek Górski Institute of Plant Physiology, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPP PAS) is a research institution established in 1956 and located in Kraków (Cracow) suburbs with convenient access to the international airport and the historical city center. The scientific staff of IPP PAS currently consists of ca. 35 enthusiastic researchers conducting investigations on all plant physiology levels – from molecular to integrated physiology on the organ, whole plant, and crop field level. A distinctive and unique trait of the research scope at IPP PAS is its interdisciplinary nature between biological and agronomical sciences with particular emphasis on ecophysiological factors determining the productivity of crops and quality of yield. The research at IPP PAS is organized into five Departments and several working groups conducting investigations in the frame of research projects financed by national and international foundations and research tasks funded by the Institute itself. The Institute cooperates with many research institutions and universities in Europe, especially in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, and Serbia. A friendly environment, creative exchange of ideas, and productive teamwork at the IPP PAS, together with a convenient location and picturesque surroundings, make IPP PAS a perfect place for doctoral and post-doctoral studies.

Disciplines: 

agriculture and horticulture 

Fields of activity:  

  • stress physiology – the role of various environmental (both abiotic and biotic) stresses in plant productivity 
  • biotechnology – improving the quality and quantity of the yield of the main crop species in Europe 
  • plant developmental biology – regulatory mechanisms of plant development in crop species

Latest achievements: 

Last year the scientists of IPP PAS published over 50 papers in international peer-reviewed journals with Impact Factor on various current and relevant topics, including the role of brassinosteroids in frost tolerance of wheat and barley (Janeczko et al. 2019Sadura et al. 2019), the role of DNA methylation and antioxidative activity in the effectiveness of embryogenesis in triticale (Żur et al. 2019Nowicka et al. 2019), the identification of molecular markers of wheat resistance against drought stress (Czyczyło-Mysza et al. 2019) and evolution of antioxidant response system (Ślesak et al. 2019).

Over the last five years a number of national and international research projects have been carried out at IPP PAS, including an ERANET (NCBR) project on the topic of genetic adaptation of sorghum to European climatic conditions, a HARMONIA (NCN) project concerning the role of oxidative stress in triticale embryogenesis, and an OPUS (NCN) project focusing on the role of cell wall phenols in drought stress in triticale.

Research facilities: 

  • well-equipped laboratories 
  • growth chambers 
  • equipment for physicochemical methods, e.g. high performance liquid chromatograph with tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC MS/MS), gas chromatograph, FT-Raman spectrometer 
  • isothermal calorimeters TAM I, TAM II and TAM III equipped with Assistant Software 
  • equipment for molecular genetics research, e.g. RT-PCR QuantStudio with NanoDrop One Microvolume

Contact person: 

Professor Edyta Skrzypek
Deputy Director for Scientific Research
e.skrzypek@ifr-pan.edu.pl
(+48) 12 4251833, ext. 216