Supervisors from Institute of Plant Genetics


ORCID: 0000-0002-8518-4720

Karolina Susek is an assistant professor with the Legume Comparative Genomics Team, Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPG PAS) in Poznan, Poland. She earned her PhD in agricultural sciences in 2010 from IPG PAS, focusing on the genetic map and chromosomes of narrow-leafed lupin (Lupinus angustifolius L.). Next she lectured at the University of Silesia in Katowice (Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, Department of Plant Anatomy and Cytology) and worked on chromosome evolution in grasses, with Brachypodium distachyon as a model plant. She earned her DSc (habilitation) degree in agriculture and horticulture from IPG PAS. She has been involved in and led several research projects with international and national collaboration, particularly in the fields of lupin genome evolution, evolutionary mechanisms that shape complex phenotypic traits (e.g. seed size variation) and conservation of the genetic resources of food legumes. She maintians collaborative ties with researchers around the world (Murdoch University, Perth, Australia; University of Georgia, Athens, GA, United States; Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK).


Research interests:

Legumes, lupins, genome/chromosome evolution, seed size variation, genetic resources on food legumes.


Major publications:

Susek K., Bielski W., Czyż K.B., Hasterok R., Jackson S.A., Wolko B., Naganowska B. (2019). “Impact of chromosomal rearrangements on the interpretation of lupin karyotype evolution”, Genes 10, 259.

Susek K., Braszewska-Zalewska A., Bewick A.J., Hasterok R., Schmitz R.J., Naganowska B. (2017). “Epigenomic diversification within the genus Lupinus”, PlosOne 12(6): e0179821.

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”, Frontiers in Plant Science 7: 1152.

Lesniewska (Susek) K., Ksiazkiewicz M., Nelson M.N., Mahe F., Ainouche A., Wolko B, Naganowska B. (2011).

“Assignment of 3 genetic linkage groups to 3 chromosomes of narrow-leafed lupin”, Journal of Heredity 102: 228-236.

Wolny E., Lesniewska (Susek) K., Hasterok R., Langdon T. (2011). “Compact genomes and complex evolution in the genus Brachypodium”, Chromosoma 120: 199-212.

Lidia Błaszczyk earned her PhD in agronomy from the Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPG PAS) in 2007. Since 2007, she has been an assistant professor at the Department of Pathogen Genetics and Plant Resistance of IPG PAS. In 2017, she earned her DSc (habilitation) degree in agronomy from IPG PAS. Currently, she heads the Plant Microbiome Structure and Function Team within the Department of Pathogen Genetics and Plant Resistance of IPG PAS.


Research interests: plant–fungi interaction; diversity and composition of microorganisms communities associated with plants; morphological, molecular, and biochemical characteristics of fungi from the Trichoderma genus; development of molecular markers for the resistance genes in cereals; identification and mapping of resistance genes in cereals.


Major publications:

Błaszczyk L., Basińska A., Ćwiek H, Gromadzka K, Popiel D., Stępień Ł. (2017). “Suppressive effect of Trichoderma on toxigenic Fusarium species”, Pol. J. Microbiol., 1:85-100.

Błaszczyk L., Strakowska J., Chełkowski J., Gąbka-Buszek A., Kaczmarek J. (2016). “Trichoderma species occurring on wood with decay symptoms in mountain forests in Central Europe: genetic and enzymatic characterization”, J. Appl. Genet., 57-397-407.

Jeleń H., Błaszczyk L., Chełkowski J., Rogowicz K., Strakowska J. (2014). “Formation of 6-npentyl-2H-pyran-2-one (6-PAP) and other volatiles by different Trichoderma species”, Mycol. Progress., 13:589-600.

Błaszczyk L., Siwulski M., Sobieralski K., Frużyńska-Jóźwiak D. (2013). “Diversity of Trichoderma spp.

causing Pleurotus green mould diseases in Central Europe”, Folia Microbiol., 58:325-33.

Błaszczyk L., Popiel D., Chełkowski J., Koczyk G., Samuels G. J., Sobieralski K., Siwulski M. (2011).

“Species diversity of Trichoderma in Poland”, J. Appl. Genet., 52:233-243.



Malgorzata Jędryczka, a specialist on various diseases of agricultural crops, leads the Molecular Plant Pathology Team at the Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences (IPG PAS). Her research work has the following objectives: 1) early detection of plant pathogenic fungi; 2) molecular characterization of pathogens; 3) searching for the sources of genetic plant resistance to pathogens. Her epidemiological studies focus on fungi, including necrotrophs (mainly Alternaria, Fusarium, Leptosphaeria, Ramularia, Sclerotinia), and biotrophs (Melampsora), presently also on Plasmodiophora brassicae (Protista). She is now leading a 3-year collaborative project on agricultural management of oilseed hemp (Cannabis sativa L.), its metabolites (terpenes, cannabinoids), pests (aphids) and mycorrhiza (AFM). Her trademark achievement is the System for Forecasting Disease Epidemics – SPEC:

She earned her PhD in 1995, followed by a fellowship at INRA Versailles. In 2000-2012 she headed the Laboratory of Genetics of Resistance, then in 2013-2015 she headed the Department of Pathogen Genetics and Plant Resistance at IPG PAS. She was the coordinator for the first ERA CHAIR project in Poland (BIO-TALENT) in 2015-2019. In 2016-2019 she served as the deputy director for research at IPG PAS. Since 2004 the Molecular Plant Pathology Team has been managing the Decision Support System for Forecasting Disease Epidemics SPEC (, the world’s third largest system based on aerobiological monitoring of the primary inoculum of crop plant pathogens. Since 2013 she has been the convenor of the IOBC Working Group on Integrated Control in Oilseed Crops (


Research interests:

Plant pathology, agricultural crops, aerobiology, decision support systems, fungal biodiversity.


Major publications:

Bakro F., Jedryczka M., Wielgusz K., Sgorbini B., Inchingolo R., Cardenia V. (2020). “Simultaneous

determination of terpenes and cannabidiol in hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) by fast gas chromatography

with flame ionization detection”, Journal of Separation Science

Suproniene S., Kadziene G., Irzykowski W., Sneideris D., Ivanauskas A., Sakalauskas S., Serbiak P.,

Svegzda P., Auskalniene O., Jędryczka M. (2019). “Weed species within cereal crop rotations can

serve as alternative hosts for Fusarium graminearum causing Fusarium head blight of wheat”, Fungal

Ecology 37: 30-37.

Frac M., Hannula S.E., Belka M., Jedryczka M. (2018). “Fungal biodiversity and their role in plant

Health”, Frontiers in Microbiology 9: 707.

Sadyś M., Kaczmarek J., Grinn-Gofron A., Rodinkova V., Prikhodko A., Bilous E., Strzelczak A., Herbert

R.J., Jedryczka M. (2018). “Dew Point Temperature affects ascospore release of allergenic genus

Leptosphaeria”, International Journal of Biometeorology  62(6): 979-990.

Weryszko-Chmielewska E., Kasprzyk I., Nowak M., Sulborska A., Kaczmarek J., Szymanska A., Haratym

W., Gilski M., Jedryczka M. (2018). “Health hazards related to conidia of Cladosporium – biological

air pollutants in Poland, central Europe”, Journal of Environmental Sciences 65: 271-281.