Piotr Baranowski is head of the Department of Metrology and Modelling of Agrophysical Processes at the Institute of Agrophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, where he also leads two working groups: “Climate change modelling“ and “Hyperspectral imaging“. He studied physics at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin, earned his PhD from the PAS Institute of Agrophysics in 1999, followed by his DSc (habilitation) at the same institute in 2009. In 2018 he was appointed a professor of agronomy. He has been working on modelling the climate change impact on crop production, GHG emissions measurement and modelling, thermal and hyperspectral image processing for evaluation of plant and food quality and medical diagnostics. He is involved in studies of the effect of biotic stress caused by the species A. brassicae and A. brassicicola on leaf spectral characteristics of oilseed rape. He also develops sophisticated methods for analyzing long-term meteorological time series in order to determine long-term correlations that could be linked to climate change. He has coordinated the Polish involvement in some international projects including MACSUR Knowledge Hub and AGRICORE H2020. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles.
Modelling of climate change, soil quality, GHG emissions, food materials quality
Baranowski P., Gos M., Krzyszczak J., Siwek K., Kieliszek A., Tkaczyk P. (2019). “Multifractality of meteorological time series for Poland on the base of MERRA-2 data”, Chaos, Solitons and Fractals 127, 318–333. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chaos.2019.07.008.
Siedliska A., Baranowski P., Zubik M., Mazurek W., Sosnowska B. (2018). “Detection of fungal infections in strawberry fruit by VNIR/SWIR hyperspectral imaging”, Postharvest Biology and Technology, 139, 115-126. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postharvbio.2018.01.018.
Baranowski P., Jedryczka M., Mazurek W., Babula-Skowronska D., Siedliska A., Kaczmarek J. (2015). “Hyperspectral and thermal imaging of oilseed rape (Brassica napus) response to fungal species of the genus Alternaria”, PLOS ONE, 10(3), art. no. e0122913, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0122913.
Andrzej Bieganowski is a professor, having earned his education as a chemist from Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin. He was employed in the Central Laboratory of Unique Equipment (UMCS, Lublin) and Department of Water and Sewage Technology of the Lublin University of Technology (Lublin). He now leads the Department of Natural Environment Biogeochemistry at the Institute of Agrophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences. Prof. Andrzej Bieganowski engages in broad international collaboration with scientists from countries including Belgium, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Russia, the UK, and Ukraine. He has been the leader or participant of many international and domestic projects. He has supervised six doctoral dissertations. He serves as a reviewer for numerous journals. His current (July 2020) achievements include 83 papers, h-index 16 and 909 citations (according to Scopus).
Splash erosion, agrophysical metrology, soil physics, entomoremediation, GHG.
Bulak P., Proc K., Pawłowska M., Kasprzycka A., Berus W., Bieganowski A. (2020). “Biogas generation from insects breeding post production wastes”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 244, 118777.
Beczek M., Ryżak M. , Sochan A., Mazur R., Bieganowski A. (2019). “The mass ratio of splashed particles during raindrop splash phenomenon on soil surface”, Geoderma, 347, 40-48.
Papierowska E., Mazur R., Stańczyk T., Beczek M., Szewińska J., Sochan A., Ryżak M., Szatyłowicz J., Bieganowski A. (2019). “Influence of leaf surface wettability on the drop splash phenomenon”, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 279, 107762.
Bieganowski A., Ryżak M., Sochan A., Makó A., Barna G., Hernádi H., Beczek M., Polakowski C. (2018). “Laser Diffractometry in the Measurements of Soil and Sediment Particle Size Distribution”, Advances in Agronomy, 151, 215-279.
Bulak P., Polakowski C., Nowak K., Waśko A., Wiącek D., Bieganowski A. (2018). “Hermetia illucens as a new and promising species for use in entomoremediation”, Science of the Total Environment, 633, 912–919.
Magdalena Frąc earned her PhD from the University of Life Sciences in Lublin (2007), her DSc (habilitation) degree from the Institute of Agrophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences (2013) and title of professor of agricultural sciences from the President of Poland (2017). She is head of the Department of Soil and Plant System and supervisor of the Laboratory of Molecular and Environmental Microbiology at the Institute of Agrophysics. Having built a research team as chair-holder of the Molecular and Environmental Microbiology group, she has more than 15 years of experience working on soil quality indicators and biodiversity – including microbial activity and diversity use as a marker of soil health and crops quality, as well as plant-soil microbiome interactions. Her group works on microbiological problems concerning phytopathogenic and heat-resistant fungi in agriculture, horticulture and food production, including detection methods, functional and genetic diversity, chemical sensitivity and ecology of these organisms. She has experience in developing and testing biopreparations and biostimulants for organic agriculture. She is interested in soil and plant microbiome functions, including metagenomics and metaphenomics, as the key to biocontrol. She has held several academic internships in foreign scientific institution in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. Her other relevant experience include coordination, participation and implementation of national and international research and infrastructure projects (approx. €8 million) and publication of >80 scientific articles in international journals (h-index: 15, cited: >700 times).
Agricultural and environmental microbiology, biodiversity, biopreparations, plant pathogenic fungi, soil and plant microbiomes.
Mącik M., Gryta A., Frąc M. (2020). “Biofertilizers in agriculture: An overview on concepts, strategies and effects on soil microorganisms”, Advances in Agronomy, 162, 1-31, ISSN 0065-2113, https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.agron.2020.02.001.
Oszust K., Cybulska J., Frąc M, (2020). “How Do Trichoderma Genus Fungi Win a Nutritional Competition Battle against Soft Fruit Pathogens? A Report on Niche Overlap Nutritional Potentiates”, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 21, 4235; doi:10.3390/ijms21124235.
Pertile G., Frąc M., Fornal E., Oszust K., Gryta A., Yaguchi T. (2020). “Molecular and metabolic strategies for postharvest detection of heat-resistant fungus Neosartorya fischeri and its discrimination from Aspergillus fumigatus”, Postharvest Biology and Technology, 161: 111082, 1-9. doi:10.3390/agronomy10040546.
Pylak M., Oszust K., Frąc M. (2019). “Review report on the role of bioproducts, biopreparations, biostimulants and microbial inoculants in organic production of fruit”, Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology, 18:597–616. doi: 10.1007/s11157-019-09500-5.
Malarczyk D., Panek J., Frac M. (2019). “Alternative molecular-based diagnostic methods of plant pathogenic fungi affecting berry crops—a review”, Molecules, 24(7), 1200, 1-25, https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules24071200.
Agnieszka Nawrocka is an associate professor at the Department of Physical Properties of Plant Materials of the Institute of Agrophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences in Lublin (since 2010). She received her PhD in physics from the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin. She is supervisor of the Laboratory of Assessment of Grain and Oil Materials Quality (since 2011) and head of a research team working with the structure and quality of wheat products (since 2013). She has participated in the training programme “Science Infrastructure Management Support” which included visits in the MOEZ and IZI Fraunhoffer Institutes (Leipzig, Germany), Technical University in Dresden (Germany), and IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Centre (United States). She specialises in the spectroscopy of biological molecules, especially gluten proteins. Her main fields of research are the interactions between gluten proteins and dietary fibre preparations of different origin (cereals, fruits and vegetables) and particular components of fibre preparation (water soluble and insoluble polysaccharides, anthocyanins and polyphenols). She uses mainly spectroscopic techniques such as UV-VIS spectroscopy, fluorescence and infrared and Raman spectroscopy in her studies.
Interactions between food proteins and bioactive compounds, wheat product quality, protein structure, spectroscopic methods.
Krekora M., Szymańska-Chargot M., Niewiadomski Z., Miś A., Nawrocka A. (2020). “Effect of cinnamic acid and its derivatives on structure of gluten proteins – A study on model dough with application of FT-Raman spectroscopy”, Food Hydrocolloids, 107, 105,935.
Nawrocka A., Krekora, M., Niewiadomski Z., Miś A., (2018). “FTIR studies of gluten matrix dehydration after fibre polysaccharide addition”, Food Chemistry , 252, 198-206.
Nawrocka A., Szymańska-Chargot M., Miś A., Wilczewska A.Z., Markiewicz K.H. (2017). “Effect of dietary fibre polysaccharides on structure and thermal properties of gluten proteins – A study on gluten dough with application of FT-Raman spectroscopy, TGA and DSC”, Food Hydrocolloids 69, 410-421.
Nawrocka A., Szymańska-Chargot M., Miś A., Wilczewska A.Z., Markiewicz, K.H. (2017). “Aggregation of gluten proteins in model dough after fibre polysaccharide addition”, Food Chemistry 231, 51-60.
Nawrocka A., Szymańska-Chargot M., Miś A., Wilczewska A.Z., Markiewicz K.H. (2016). “Dietary fibre-induced changes in the structure and thermal properties of gluten proteins studied by Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy and thermogravimetry”, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 64, 2094-2104.
Katarzyna Szewczuk-Karpisz studied Biology and Environmental Protection at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin (2006-2012), then received her PhD in Chemical Sciences from the same institution in 2016. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled “A study of biopolymer impact on the stability of mineral oxide suspensions” won an award from the UMCS Scientific Council of the Faculty of Chemistry. Since 2017 she has been a research staff member at the Institute of Agrophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences in Lublin. As an assistant professor, she is involved in numerous experimental and research projects, cooperation with foreign institutions as well as supervision of interns and PhD students. She focuses on the modification of soil solid phase using polymeric conditioners (ionic polyacrylamide, bacterial exopolysaccharides) or carbon materials (biochar, activated carbon, carbon-based composites). Using various methods, such as batch adsorption study, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), particle size analysis (CPS) and ion chromatography (IC), she seeks solid or liquid substances immobilizing ions or nanoparticles of heavy metals as well as improving soil structure. Szewczuk-Karpisz is a co-author of 40 scientific publications in impact-factored journals, 16 chapters in monographs and 126 conference reports.
Soil conditioners, engineered biochar, interfacial phenomena, adsorption, heavy metal removal.
Szewczuk-Karpisz K., Wiśniewska M. (2018). “Flocculation efficiency of the Sinorhizobium meliloti 1021 exopolysaccharide relative to mineral oxide suspensions – A preliminary study for wastewater treatment”, Sep. Purif. Technol. 201, 51-59.
Szewczuk-Karpisz K. et al. (2019). “Adsorption layer structure at soil mineral/biopolimer/supporting electrolyte interface – The impact on solid aggregation”, J. Mol. Liq. 284, 117-123.
Szewczuk-Karpisz K. et al. (2020). “Chromium(VI) reduction and accumulation on the kaolinite surface in the presence of cationic soil flocculant”, J. Soil. Sediment. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11368-020-02677-1.
Szewczuk-Karpisz K. et al. (2020). “Influence of protein internal stability on its removal mechanism from aqueous solutions using eco-friendly horsetail herb-based engineered biochar”, Chem. Eng. J. 388, 124156.
Artur Zdunek is a professor and head of the Department of Microstructure and Mechanics of Biomaterials at the Institute of Agrophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences. His group works on the role of structure in plant biomechanics and his particular specialty is image analysis, structure evaluation with CSLM and AFM and mechanics. Recently his particular focus has been on cell wall polysaccharides and their role in cell wall functionality and in food and non-food applications. He has been the coordinator of several projects concerning fruit structure, biomechanics and innovative methods for fruit quality evaluation. Author of more than 90 papers, H-index=26. He has supervised 5 PhDs.
Plant biomechanics, texture, cell wall polysaccharides, AFM.
Pieczywek P., Kozioł A., Płaziński W., Cybulska J., Zdunek A. (2020). “Resolving the nanostructure of sodium carbonate extracted pectins (DASP) from apple cell walls with atomic force microscopy and molecular dynamics”, Food Hydrocolloids, 104, (105726), DOI: 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2020.105726.
Leszczuk A., Pieczywek P., Gryta A., Frąc M., Zdunek A. (2019). “Immunocytochemical studies on the distribution of arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs) as a response to fungal infection in Malus x domestica fruit”, Scientific Reports, 9(1), str. 1-14, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-54022-3.
Szymańska-Chargot M., Chylińska M., Pertile G., Pieczywek P., Cieślak K. J., Zdunek A. Frąc M. (2019). “Influence of chitosan addition on the mechanical and antibacterial properties of carrot cellulose nanofibre film”, Cellulose, 26(18), str.9613-9629, DOI: 10.1007/s10570-019-02755-9.
Szymańska-Chargot M., Chylińska M., Pieczywek P., Zdunek A. (2019). “Tailored nanocellulose structure depending on the origin. Example of apple parenchyma and carrot root celluloses”, Carbohydrate Polymers, 210, str 186-195, DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2019.01.070.
Gawkowska D., Cieśla J., Zdunek A., Cybulska J. (2019). “Cross-linking of diluted alkali-soluble pectin from apple (Malus domestica fruit) in different acid-base conditions”, Food Hydrocolloids, 92, str. 285-292, DOI: 10.1016/j.foodhyd.2019.02.010.