Joanna Mucha

Joanna Mucha


dr Joanna Mucha


Laboratory of Ecology

Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences

Parkowa 5, PL-62-035 Kornik, Poland
Tel.: +48-618170033
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Research interests

  • mechanism of interaction between root and fungi
  • root biology and ecology
  • ecology of soil microorganisms




Principal Investigator

  1. The importance of exogenous siderophores in the functioning of plant root cells of Scots pine (2014-2017)
  2. pH modification in host cell, its influence on successful infection of mycorrhizal or pathogenic fungus (2010-2012)
  3. The role of iron in defence reaction of Pinus sylvestris L. seedlings against isolates of Heterobasidion annosum belonging to different intersterility groups and the participation of low molecular compounds of pathogen in host infection (2008-2012)



  1. Mechanism of xylem formation and woody plant organ senescence (2013-2018)
  2. Adaptive patterns in whole-plant resource allocation, and leaf and root characteristics in temperate woody climbers – a phylogenetically balanced study (2012-2017)
  3. Geographical variation trends of functional characteristics of Scots pine in Europe in the context of climate change and ecological processes (2012-2017)
  4. The role of root system biology in pedunculate oak (Quercus robur) decline (2011-2016)
  5. The role of ectomycorrhizae in crabon and nitrogen cycling in a forest ecosystem (2011-2015)
  6. Influence of bird and black cherry growth light condition on herbivory predation - Gonioctena quinquepunctata and Yponomeuta evonymella (2011-2014)
  7. Preservation as seeds gene resources endangered species of black poplar (Populus nigra L.) (2010-2013)
  8. The role of cytoskeleton in defence reaction of Pinus sylvestris L. seedlings after infection isolates of Heterobasidion annosum representing different intersterility groups (2007-2010)



  1. Communication and teamwork, Poland (2014)
  2. The use of "R" environment in natural sciences, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (2013)
  3. Training in confocal microscopy Leica TCS SP5 II, Institute of Dendrology, Kórnik (2011-2012)
  4. Training from plant microtechnique (rotary microtome, microtome with a liquid nitrogen freezing device and microtome with vibrating blade), Institute of Dendrology, Kórnik (2011-2012)
  5. Application of numerical methods in ecology, Toruń (2012)
  6. Practical statistical methods, Warsaw (2011-2012)
  7. Practical regression analysis, StatSoft, Kraków (2011)
  8. Statistica - basic course, StatSoft, Kraków (2010)
  9. Multicomponent analysis, StatSoft, Kraków (2010)
  10. Analysis of variance, StatSoft, Kraków (2010)
  11. II Polish Meeting of Confocal Microscop Users, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (2008)
  12. Electrophoresis without artefacts and the revolution in fluorescence technic, Department of Cell Biology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń (2008)
  13. Selected topics in bioinformatics (30 hours) programme in the degree of Ph.D. at the Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (2004)


Graduate students

  1. Paulina Płażewska, M.S., 2014-present: Anatomy of fine roots of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and sessile oak (Quercus petraea (Mattuschka) Liebl.) in different soil horizons
  2. Adrian M. Talaśka, M.S., 2014-present: The impact of drought stress on the anatomical structure of fine roots of pendunculate oak (Quercus robur L.)
  3. Agata K. Szymańska, M.S., 2013-2014: Effect of storage temperature of black poplar (Populus nigra L.) seeds on the development of the root system
  4. Paulina Płażewska, B.S., 2012-2014: Anatomy of sessile oak ectomycorrhizas in different soil horizons
  5. Adrian M. Talaśka, B.S., 2012-2014: Anatomy of pioneer roots and taproots of Quercus robur L. seedlings subjected to cut
  6. Agata K. Szymańska, B.S., 2011-2013: The impact of long term water stress on roots of chosen poplar species



  1. Mucha J., Jagodziński A.M., Bulaj B., Łakomy P., Talaśka A.M., Oleksyn J., Functional response of Quercus robur L. to taproot pruning: a five-year case study. Annals of Forest Sciences (accepted 6.02.2018)
  2. Mucha J., Peay K.G., Smith D.P., Reich P.B., Stefański A., Hobbie S.E. 2018. Effect of simulated climate warming on the ectomycorrhizal fungal community of boreal and temperate host species growing near their shared ecotonal range limits. Microbial Ecology 75(2):348-363
  3. Trocha L., Bułaj B., Kutczyńska P., Mucha J., Rutkowski P., Zadworny M. 2017. The interactive impact of root branch order and soil genetic horizon on root respiration and nitrogen concentration. Tree Physiology 37(8):1055-1068.
  4. Karolewski P., Łukowski A., Walczak U., Baraniak E., Mucha J., Giertych M.J. 2017. Larval food affects oviposition preference, female fecundity, and offspring survival in Yponomeuta evonymellus. Ecological Entomology 42:657-667. doi: 10.1111/een.12428
  5. Mąderek E., Zadworny M., Mucha J., Karolewski P. 2017. Light as a regulator of structural and chemical leaf defences against insects in two Prunus species. Acta Oecologica 85: 18-24.
  6. Zadworny M., McCormack M.L., Żytkowiak R., Karolewski P., Mucha J., Oleksyn J.  2017. Patterns of structural and defense investments in fine roots of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) across strong temperature and latitudinal gradient in Europe. Global Change Biology 23(3): 1218-1231. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13514
  7. Zadworny M., McCormack M.L., Mucha J., Reich P.B., Oleksyn J. 2016. Scots pine fine roots adjust along a 2,000 km latitudinal climatic gradient. New Phytologist 212: 389-399.
  8. Mucha J., Guzicka M., Łakomy P., Zadworny M. 2015. Accumulation of iron-binding compounds in root of Pinus sylvestris challenged by Heterobasidion annosum sensu lato. Dendrobiology 73: 103-110.
  9. Łukowski A., Giertych M.J., Zadworny M., Mucha J., Karolewski P. 2015. Preferential feeding and occupation of sunlit leaves favors defense response and development in the flea beetle, Altica brevicollis coryletorum – a pest of Corylus avellana. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0126072.
  10. Mucha J., Budka A., Kayzer D., Guzicka M., Łakomy P., Zadworny M. 2015. The origin of reactive oxygen during interaction of Pinus sylvestris root and Heterobasidion annosum s.l. - the linkage with the iron. European Journal of Plant Pathology 143: 277-290.
  11. Mucha  J., Szymańska A.K., Zadworny M., Tylkowski T., Michalak M., Suszka J.  2015. Effect of seed storage temperature on fine root development and mycorrhizal colonization of Populus nigraseedlings. Annals of Forest Science 72: 539-547.
  12. Mucha J., Guzicka M., Ratajczak E., Zadworny M. 2014. Strategies utilized by trophically diverse fungal species for Pinus sylvestris root colonization. Tree Physiology 34(1): 73-86.
  13. Mucha J., Guzicka M., Łakomy P., Zadworny M. 2013. Production of Metal Chelating Compounds by Species of Heterobasidion annosum sensu lato. Journal of Phytopathology 161: 791-799.
  14. Zadworny M., Guzicka M., Łakomy P., Samardakiewicz S., Smoliński D., Mucha J. 2013. Analysis of microtubule and microfilament distribution in Pinus sylvestris roots following infection by Heterobasidion annosum sensu lato. Forest Pathology 43: 222-231.
  15. Zadworny M., Smoliński D.J., Świdziński M., Guzicka M., Łakomy P., Mucha J. 2012. Callose synthase in Pinus sylvestris response during infection by Heterobasidion annosum sensu lato species of varied host preferences. Journal of Phytopathology 160: 745-751.
  16. Mucha J., Guzicka M., Łakomy P., Zadworny M. 2012. Iron and reactive oxygen responses in Pinus sylvestris root cortical cells infected with different species of Heterobasidion annosum sensu lato. Planta 236: 975-988.
  17. Mucha J. 2011. Changes in hyphal morphology and activity of phenoloxidases during interaction between selected ectomycorrhizal fungi and two species of Trichoderma. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 100: 155-160.
  18. Karolewski P., Zadworny M., Mucha J., Napierała-Filipiak A., Oleksyn J. 2010. Link between defoliation and light treatments on root vitality of five understory shrubs with different resistance to insect herbivory. Tree Physiology 30: 569-578.
  19. Trocha L.K., Mucha J., Eissenstat D.M., Reich P.B., Oleksyn J. 2010. Ectomycorrhizal identity determines respiration rates, nitrogen and sugar concentrations in root tips: a test using Pinus sylvestris and Quercus robur saplings. Tree Physiology 30: 648-654.
  20. Mucha J., Zadworny M., Werner A. 2009. Cytoskeleton and mitochondrial morphology of saprotrophs and the pathogen Heterobasidion annosum in the presence of Suillus bovinus metabolites. Mycological Research 113(9): 981-990.
  21. Mucha J., Zadworny M., Werner A., Napierała-Filipiak A., Łakomy P. 2008. Antagonistic activity of the ectomycorrhizal fungus Suillus bovinus challenged by saprotrophic fungi from different soils. Nova Hedwigia 87 (3-4): 373-385.
  22. Mucha J., Dahm H., Werner A. 2007. Influence of autoclaved saprotrophic fungal mycelia on proteolytic activity in ectomycorrhizal fungi. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 92: 137-142.
  23. Mucha J., Dahm H., Strzelczyk E., Werner A. 2006. Synthesis of enzymes connected with mycoparasitism by ectomycorrhizal fungi. Archives of Microbiology 185: 69-77.



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