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hyperparasitic fungi belonging to
Trichoderma
and
Clonostachys.
Interest is also focused on the role of bioactive
secondary metabolites in the interaction between plants and
fungi, and the role of secondary metabolites in plant
resistance; and
n
Department of Genomics
gathers teams with expertise in
legume and cereal genomics. They conduct research on
phenotypic and molecular variation legumes, structure and
organisation of the narrow-leafed lupin genome regions and
perform cytogenetic analyses of secondary wheat-rye forms
with the introgression of chromatin from other cereals.
The main objective of the newly created Department of Integrative
Plant Biology is to understand the complex phenomena of
developmental biology. In particular it is interested in unravelling
rules governing the adaptive changes in plant organ growth in
response to adverse environmental conditions or pathogen attack.
Its aim is to explore the potential of plant development
engineering for the improvement of agronomically important traits
and plant tolerance to various factors.
The team is using classical molecular biology approaches like
microarray-based or sequencing-based comparative
transcriptomics, biochemical techniques like protein-protein
interactions, and phosphorylation studies and linking these with
holistic functional biology, biophysics, cell imaging and modelling
techniques. Due to the fact that developmental changes
accompany all aspects of the life of a plant, the team is open for
collaborative research with other groups working on plant-
pathogen interactions, plant stress responses and engineering of
new agronomical traits in plants.
The Department of Integrative Plant Biology was founded by the
European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme
(FP7) as a result of a project proposal, ‘The Creation of the
Department of Integrative Plant Biology’ (BIO-TALENT:
), submitted in the FP7 ERA Chairs pilot call in
2013. BIO-TALENT was developed to respond to the Europe 2020
strategy and to enhance the IPG PAS’ collaborative capacity and
visibility within the European Research Area.
The main aim of the BIO-TALENT proposal was to upgrade,
stimulate, unlock, develop and extend the research potential of
the IPG PAS through the creation of an excellent, international and
interdisciplinary research department carrying on its studies in the
areas of molecular genetics, genomics, resistance to stresses and
bioinformatics. BIO-TALENT was accepted by the European
Commission in February 2014 and is the first such project in
Poland, and one of 11 funded by the European Commission
under the pilot call. The project has been running since 1 July
2014 and will end on 30 June 2019, and it is organised in six
work packages: Recruitment of the ERA Chair holder (WP1), Brain
gain (WP2), Enhancement of research excellence (WP3), Co-
operation and transfer of knowledge (WP4), Dissemination and
outreach (WP5), and Management and sustainability (WP6).
ProfessorBogdanWolko
Director
Institute of Plant Genetics
Polish Academy of Sciences
tel :
+48 616550200
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