Integrative Plant Biology Team
The Department has been created thanks to the ERA-CHAIR BIO-TALENT The Creation of the Department of Integrative Plant Biology EU FP7 No. 621321 project
Leader: Prof. Robert Malinowski PhD
Professor in the field of natural sciences, in the discipline of biological sciences
Habilitation Adam Mickiewicz University 2012
Aneta Basińska-Barczak PhD
Soham Mukhopadhyay [currently PhD and postdoc at Laval University, Canada]
From left to right: A. Basińska-Barczak, R. Malinowski, N. Chatar Singh, S. Blicharz, D. Singh, W. Truman
We are primarily interested in understanding of the developmental plasticity in plants subjected to adverse environmental conditions or pathogen attack.
At present our work is conducted mainly on the interaction between the Plasmodiophora brassicae protist and brassicace plants. Most of the experiments are carried out on the Arabidopsis thaliana - a model plant, but our group works also on the oilseed rape (Brassica napus). Our work also includes the search for molecular mechanisms of the tolerance or resistance. While paying attention to host defence responses to Plasmodiophora brassicae we always try to understand the action of defence genes in a holistic way that includes physiological, cellular and developmental perspective.
Currently our team also works on the developmental plasticity of plant vascular tissues and the role of long-distance transport in adapting plants to abiotic and biotic stress.
Methods and approaches:
The integrative character of our group is further reflected by the fact that we do not restrict ourselves in the choice of experimental methods. Laboratory is fully equipped and allows to perform DNA, RNA, protein and functional experiments as well as various techniques of microscopy to answer basic questions in plant biology.
Our main achievements:
So far our team described cell cycle reprogramming of the host by Plasmodiophora brassicae (Olszak et al., 2019) and provided the evidence for the pathogen-driven mechanisms leading to host carbohydrate redirection during clubroot disease (Walerowski et al., 2018). This work also included the discovery of pathogen-driven increase in the accumulation of SWEET transporters and their role in increasing the availability of sugars to the pathogen. We also described the importance of changes in pectin status for cell enlargement observed during late stages of clubroot disease (Stefanowicz et al., 2021). Recent work of our team aimed at screening of natural genetic variation in Arabidopsis thaliana accessions lead us to the discovery of clubroot resistance gene RPB1 (Ochoa et al., 2023).
In the field of abiotic stress adaptation we found that phloem sap metabolic profile changes can be used as a proxy to understand garden pea response to limited water availability (Blicharz et al., 2021). Changes in C ad N metabolism reflected decrease in cellular growth as well as gas exchange and photosynthesis.
Arabidopsis thaliana, Plasmodiophora brassicae, plant development, cell growth, cell differentiation, cellular patterning, clubroot, plant vascular systems, plant-microbe interactions
Selected recent publications (See all in Scopus)
Projects (finished recently or current)
National Science Center (NCN)
Copyright Institute of Plant Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences