The Institute of Plant Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPG PAS) is an important research center for genetic and molecular studies of various crop located in Poznań, the capital of the Wielkopolska Region (Great Poland) - the leading agricultural region in Poland.
IPG PAS is a public sector research institute and its mission is to carry out research on crops genetics, train highly-qualified scientists in this area, develop research methods and produce biological materials useful in agricultural practice.
IPG PAS is, apart from agricultural universities, the only one reserach institute in Poland that focuses on plant genetics, agrobiology and related topics. Its reserach area covers genetics, cytogenetics, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, biotechnology, in vitro cultures, plant resistance to stresses as well as biometry and bioinformatics in crops and model plants. Basic and applied research concerns cereals, legumes, grasses, oilseed rape and potato.
The Institute is entitled to award PhD degree and habilitation of agricultural sciences with specialisation in agronomy.
In 1994 the Barbacki Award was established in the Institute to promote research excellence in plant genetics among young researchers. The Award is granted every year.
The Institute was awarded the "HR Excellence in Research" logo by the European Commission in January 2014.
The Institute holds the only one in Poland ERA Chairs project - BIO-TALENT (The Creation of the Department of Integrative Plant Biology) submitted under FP7-ERAChairs-Pilot Call-2013 to upgrade, stimulate, unlock, develop and extend the research potential of the Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences through the creation of an excellent, international and interdisciplinary research Department on molecular genetics, genomics, resistance to stresses and bioinformatics.
The newly created Department of Integrative Plant Biology at the Institute of Plant Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, headed by Assoc. prof. Robert Malinowski, will combine various disciplines and reinforce the research potential through joining the European Research Area, employment of excellent scientists in plant biology and strengthening international co-operation with leading European researchers and laboratories.