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Legume Comparative Genomics Team
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Legume Comparative Genomics Team


Prof. Wojciech K. Święcicki


Andrzej Górny, PhD
Dominika Ratajczak, MSc Eng.
Paulina Wilczura, MSc
Czesława Nawrot, Eng.
Katarzyna Beczek

The main area of interest is the genetic variability of legume crops and genetic maps including new genes and QTLs localization, together with the linked markers identification. The team aims at genetic maps with known loci of agricultural traits and their markers useful in the selection. Research material comprises three genera: Pisum, Lathyrus and Lupinus

Research profile

  • Analysis of the phenotypic and molecular variability of Lathyrus, Lupinus and Pisum genetic resources.
  • New genes mapping and genetic maps contruction for Lathyrus, Lupinus and Pisum.
  • Characterization and mapping of quantitative traits loci.


  • molecular methods in pea and lupin, including RNA-seq and real-time PCR,
  • linkage and crossing-over analyses in genes and QTLs mapping,
  • gas chromatography in alkaloid content estimation,
  • phytopatological tests for fungal pathogenes,
  • statistical methods in the correlation analysis of yield-creating traits and environmental conditions.

Current research activities

  • Mapping of new genes and comparison of the sequence-defined markers position in the genome of selected legumes.
  • Intergeneric genetic and phenotypic variability in the genus Lathyrus.

Selected papers

  • Kamel K.A., Kroc M., Święcicki W. (2015). Application of the High Resolution Melting analysis for genetic mapping of Sequence Tagged Site markers in narrow-leafed lupin (Lupinus angustifolius L.) Acta Biochemica Polonica 62 (3): 533–540.
  • Kamel K.A, Święcicki W., Kaczmarek Z., Barzyk P. (2015). Quantitative and qualitative content of alkaloids in seeds of a narrow-leafed lupin (Lupinus angustifolius L.) collection. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution DOI:10.1007/s10722-015-0278-7.

  • Kroc M., Koczyk G., Święcicki W., Kilian A., Nelson M.N. (2014). New evidence of ancestral polyploidy in the Genistoid legume Lupinus angustifolius L. (narrow-leafed lupin). TAG doi:10.1007/s00122-014-2294-y
  • Krajewski P., Bocianowski J., Gawłowska M., Kaczmarek Z., Pniewski T., Święcicki W., Wolko B. (2012). QTL for yield components and protein content: a multienvironment study of two pea (Pisum sativum L.) populations. Euphytica 183: 323-33


Project no: Cornet 15

Project title: ProLEGU Innovative protein products from sustainably grown legumes for poultry nutrition.

Project co-ordinator: D. Boros (IHAR Radzików)

Consortium: 10 members

Duration: 1 January 2014 -31 December 2015

  • Project no: RM 111-138-11 (decision of the Council of Ministers no149/2011)

    Project title: Improvement of national plant protein sources, their production, trading system and use in animal feeding

    Research area 2: Increase in stability and yield quality of high protein legumes

    11 individual tasks

    Co-ordinator: W. Święcicki

    Consortium: 18 members

    Duration: 9 August 2011 - 31 December 2015

    Task 2.5: Grain legumes yield stability analysis to select genotypes lowering the cultivation risk

    Task leader: W. Święcicki

    Task 2.8: Identification of selected genes responsible for important agronomic traits and their functional characteristics in narrow-leafed lupin  (Lupinus angustifolius L.)

    Task leader: M. Kroc

    Task 2.9: Analysis of loci localization responsible for stem stiffness and ascochytose resistance in pea  (Pisum sativum L.)

    Task leader: M. Gawłowska