Institute of Plant Genetics
Polish Academy of Sciences

Gene Structure and Function

Assoc. Prof. Michał Książkiewicz
Prof. Barbara Naganowska
Wojciech Bielski, PhD
Maciej Majka, PhD
Jolanta Belter, MSc Eng.
Anna Surma, MSc (PhD student)
Allen Eldho Paul, MSc (PhD student)
Ishani Dogra, MSc (PhD student)
Sonia Nowak


Gene Structure and Function Team research includes several fields. These are: comparative analyses of lupin genomes at the level of DNA sequence and chromosomes as well as transcriptomes, aimed at reconstruction of evolutionary changes and phylogeny of the genus Lupinus; comparative bioinformatic analyses concerning genome synteny of the narrow-leafed lupin and other legumes; construction and saturation of genetic maps; analyses of genes and genome regions connected with agricultural traits in lupin crops. Furthermore, genetic background of flowering induction as well as expression of genes involved in plant resistance to pathogens in lupins are also analyzed. A part of research is mostly aimed at application in practice. Molecular markers, linked with some agricultural traits, are being generated for the use in lupin breeding programs.

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  1. Książkiewicz M., Nazzicari N., Yang H., Nelson M.N., Renshaw D., Rychel S., Ferrari B., Carelli M., Tomaszewska M., Stawiński S., Naganowska B., Wolko B., Annicchiarico P. (2017). A high-density consensus linkage map of white lupin highlights synteny with narrow-leafed lupin and provides markers tagging key agronomic traits. Scientific Reports. 7:15335: DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-15625-w
  2. Narożna D., Książkiewicz M., Przysiecka Ł., Króliczak J., Wolko B., Naganowska B., Mądrzak C.J. (2017). Legume isoflavone synthase genes have evolved by whole-genome and local duplications yielding transcriptionally active paralogs. Plant Science 264: 149–167
  3. Susek K., Braszewska-Zalewska A., Bewick A.J., Hasterok R., Schmitz R.J., Naganowska B. (2017). Epigenomic diversification within the genus Lupinus Plos ONE. 12(6):e0179821: DOI:
  4. Nelson M.N., Książkiewicz M., Rychel S., Besharat N., Taylor C., Wyrwa K., Jost R., Erskine W., Cowling W.A., Berger J.D., Batley J., Weller J.L., Naganowska B., WolkoB. (2017).The loss of vernalization requirement in narrow-leafed lupin is associated with a deletion in the promoter and de-repressed expression of a Flowering Locus T (FT) homologue. New Phytologist 213 (1): 220-232. DOI: 10.1111/nph.14094
  5. Susek K., Bielski W., Hasterok R., Naganowska B., Wolko B. (2016). A first glimpse of wild lupin karyotype variation as revealed by comparative cytogenetic mapping. Front. Plant Sci. 7:1152. DOI 10.3389/fpls.2016.01152
  6. Książkiewicz M., Rychel S., Nelson M.N., Wyrwa K., Naganowska B., Wolko B. (2016). Expansion of the phosphatidylethanolamine binding protein family in legumes: a case study of Lupinus angustifolius L. FLOWERING LOCUS T homologs, LanFTc1 and LanFTc2. BMC Genomics 17:820. DOI 10.1186/s12864-016-3150-z
  7. Wyrwa K., Książkiewicz M., Szczepaniak A., Susek K., Podkowiński J., Naganowska B. (2016). Integration of Lupinus angustifolius L. (narrow-leafed lupin) genome maps and comparative mapping within legumes. Chromosome Res. 24 (3): 355–378
  8. Przysiecka Ł., Książkiewicz M., Wolko B., Naganowska B. (2015). Structure, expression profile and phylogenetic inference of chalcone isomerase-like genes from the narrow-leafed lupin (Lupinus angustifolius L.) genome. Frontiers in Plant Science 6:268


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