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Institute of Dendrology, PAS


Name: Institute of Dendrology, PAS

Address: ul. Parkowa 5, 62-035 Kórnik, Poland


Description: The Institute of Dendrology PAS (ID PAS) was established in 1933; however, our history goes back to the early 19th century. Nowadays, we are a unique Polish center of multi- and interdisciplinary research on woody plant species at all levels of an organization. We employ more than 100 people. Our most general strengths are: high position among national and foreign research units conducting research in biological sciences and forest sciences, openness for undertaking new scientific challenges within the ID PAS and with other research units, high motivation for cooperation and experience in implementation of our research ideas, and understanding the need to translate our research findings to society. We cooperate with ca. 50 foreign research institutions from more than 30 countries. Experience of our highly-qualified research staff, as well as our well-equipped laboratories, woody plant species collection (arboretum) with more than 3,000 woody taxa, ‘Zwierzyniec’ Experimental Forest (222 ha) with many research sites, herbarium (KOR) with more than 54,000 sheets of woody plant species deposited (mainly form Central Europe, the Mediterranean Region, and from SW Asia), and highly specialized library – are the most important resources of our Institute. We also publish the international semi-annual open access journal ‘Dendrobiology’ that publishes peer-reviewed original research articles and review articles related to the biology of woody plants and their communities (indexed by Web of Science). We also offer the opportunity to conduct scientific research and preparation of a doctoral dissertation for PhD students in biological sciences.

Disciplines: biological sciences and forest sciences

Fields of activity:

  • biogeography and systematics: biodiversity hotspots, biogeography, biometrics, brambles, carpology, chloroplast microsatellites, chorology, clonal reproduction, clonality, cryptic species, dioecy, endangered species, endemic species, epicuticular wax structures, geographic range discontinuity, glacial refugia, human impacts, hybrid zones, Mediterranean vegetation, micromorphology, molecular markers, morphological variability, niche modeling, phenology, phenotypic plasticity, phylogeny, phytogeography, plant conservation, plant distribution, plant ecology, pollen dispersal, postglacial history, species migration, recruitment strategies, relict plants, reproductive success, roses, resource allocation, seed dispersal, sexual dimorphism, spatial genetic structure, species identification, species richness, systematics and taxonomy, vegetation history, willows;
  • developmental biology: antioxidant systems, biomass allocation patterns, biosynthesis, climate change, cryopreservation, desiccation tolerance, DNA methylation, dormancy breaking, dormancy initiation, drought vulnerability, epigenetics, fatty acids, gene expression, genetic resources, germinability, growth regulators, in vitro culture, LEA proteins, metabolism, methylation, micropropagation, moisture conditions, non-reducing sugars, ontogeny, osmotic stress, oxidative stress, peroxiredoxins, physiology, plant allometry, plant hormones, plumules, pollen dispersal, propagation, protein carbonylation, protein metabolism, rare species, reactive oxygen species, redox status, seed aging, seed development, seed dormancy, seed germination, seed maturation, seed proteomics, seed storage, seed treatment before sowing, seed water content, seedling growth, sHSP proteins, somaclonal variations, somatic embryogenesis, somatic embryos, somatic seedlings, species richness, storage compounds, temperature conditions, tissue culture, tree growth, tree survival, vegetative propagation, viability, water potential;
  • ecology: air pollution, allometric equations, anatomy, biodiversity conservation, biogeochemical cycles, biogeography, biological invasions, biomass allocation patterns, carbohydrate storage, carbon allocation and metabolism, climate change, cold tolerance, community structure, defense compounds, defoliation, ecophysiology, ecosystem multifunctionality, ecosystem services, evolutionary traits, fine roots, forest decline and recovery, forestry practices, functional diversity, habitat suitability, herbivory, human impact on the environment, land-use change, litter decomposition, metabolic scaling theory, natural regeneration, novel ecosystems, plant allometry, plant functional traits, plant-insect-fungi interactions, range shifts, rare species, reclamation, resource allocation, root structure, seasonal dynamics vs. ecological processes, seedling growth, siderophores, sink-source relations, species distribution modeling, species richness, stand productivity, stand structure modeling, succession, temperature gradient vs. ecological processes, trade-offs, tree growth, tree species effects on ecosystem functioning, tree survival, urban flora, urbanization, vegetation restoration and succession;
  • genetics and environmental interactions: abiotic stress, adaptation, adaptive variation, antioxidant systems, antioxidants, biomass allocation patterns, biometrics, bottleneck effects, climate change, climatic transfer distance, clonality, conservation genetics, contaminated soils, demographic history, divergence, drought vulnerability, ectomycorrhizal fungi, epigenetics, field proteomics, forest management, forest tree breeding, gene expression, gene flow, genetic differentiation, genetic gain, genetic resources, genomic selection, genomics, habitat fragmentation, heavy metals, heritability, high-throughput sequencing, humic acids, hybridization, hydraulic architecture, industrial stress, land-use change, local adaptation, long-term stress, metabolism, metabolomics, metapopulation structure, methylation, microsatellite markers, natural selection, neutral genetic markers, ontogeny, osmotic stress, phenotypic plasticity, phylogeography, physiology, phytoremediation, phytostabilization, plant allometry, plant-soil interactions, pollen dispersal, polymorphism, population differentiation, propagation, proteins, proteomics, provenance experiments, recolonization, seed orchards, seed proteomics, short rotation coppice, spatial genetic structure, speciation, species richness, stand productivity, susceptibility, toxicity, transcriptomics, tree growth, tree survival;
  • symbiotic associations: alien species, arbuscular and ectomycorrhizal symbiosis, biodiversity conservation, biodiversity, biological indicators, biological invasions, biomass allocation, climate change, community structure, conservation, defense compounds, defoliation, ecophysiology, ecosystem multifunctionality, ecosystem services, ectomycorrhizal fungal communities, ethnomycology, evolutionary traits, extrametrical mycelium, fine roots, forest decline and recovery, forest nursery, forestry practices, fungal biogeography, gall abundance, genetic diversity, habitat suitability, herbivory, human impact on the environment, land-use change, leaf longevity, leaf miners, microbial communities, molecular identification, molecular markers, molecular phylogeny, mycorrhizal diversity, mycorrhizal fungi, pathogens, plant-insect-fungi interactions, resource allocation, root structure, seedling survival, succession, symbiotic fungi, trade-offs, tree species effects on ecosystem functioning, vegetation restoration and succession.

Latest achievements: The most important achievements of the ID PAS research appeared  during the last five years (2016-2020) in more than 320 articles published in scientific journals indexed in the Web of Science. Among others, results of our studies were published in the most prestigious journals of biological and forestry sciences, i.e. Nature, Science, Global Change Biology, New Phytologist, Forest Ecology and Management, Soil Biology & Biochemistry, Ecology Letters, PNAS, Diversity and Distributions, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, Science of the Total Environment, Land Degradation & Development, Microbial Ecology, Tree Genetics & Genomes, Tree Physiology, Mycorrhiza, Functional Ecology, Journal of Plant Physiology, Plant Systematics and Evolution, Regional Environmental Change, and Neobiota. The most highly-cited articles published by our research staff in that period concern global biodiversity-productivity relationships in forest ecosystems, climate change threats to distributions of European tree species, and the TRY plant trait database.

Research facilities: The Institute offers five research departments with well-equipped laboratories (Biogeography and Systematics, Developmental Biology, Ecology, Genetics, and Environmental Interactions, Symbiotic Associations), Laboratory of Mineral Analyses, Kórnik Arboretum, ‘Zwierzyniec’ Experimental Forest, Herbarium, Library.

Contact person:
Prof. Andrzej M. Jagodziński
Director of the Institute

The PASIFIC Navigator:
Professor Marcin Zadworny
Associate Professor