We invite you to listen to Prof. Ewa M. Kalemba’s lecture entitled From seed germination to plant formation. The different sides of reactive oxygen species.


All plants, including trees, go through growth stages. A seed germinates and a seedling is formed, which after many years of vegetative growth will give rise to a tree capable of flowering and producing its own fruit with seeds. Plant functioning is controlled by hormones interacting with reactive oxygen species, which regulate the growth and development of plant organs (roots, leaves, flowers), seed germination, aging and response to stress conditions.


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We invite you to listen to Ms. Joanna Kijowska-Oberc’s, M.Sc., lecture entitled “How do seeds fight drought?


Drought occurring in the wake of climate change results in a decrease in the viability of tree seeds. The extinction of many species occurs, and this threatens the sustainability of forest ecosystems. The accumulation of proline is a defense reaction of seeds. Proline not only protects cell membrane components from damage and prevents water loss, but can also be used as an indicator of seed resistance to drought. Resilient seeds, in turn, will give rise to stable forests.


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We invite you to listen to Dr. Agnieszka Szuba’s lecture entitled “Molecular research and the functioning of trees in a changing environment.


Molecular biology allows the analysis of processes that take place in cells. We examine variability of mRNA, protein or metabolite levels. Biological material is analysed in well-equipped laboratories, performing relatively uncomplicated biochemical analyses, but also high-throughput macromolecule studies. Our work requires knowledge, but also modern equipment, such as robots or mass spectrometers. The obtained mass spectra and (meta)data are subjected to statistical analysis and the obtained results allow us to answer our research questions.




We invite you to listen to Dr. Hanna Fuchs’s lecture entitled “Genetic basis of seed longevity.


In the face of climate change, gene banks uphold the biodiversity of the plant world. Seed viability loss is one of the biggest problems of such places. Therefore, at the Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences, we are interested in the genetic basis of seed longevity. Knowledge of these mechanisms can give us the tools to influence seeds to achieve tolerance to desiccation and extend their storability.




We invite you to listen to Dr. Teresa Hazubska-Przybył’s lecture entitledSomatic embryogenesis as a way to preserve the biodiversity of forest tree species”.


Trees of forest species are characterized by a wide spectrum of biodiversity. Its preservation at the genetic level is possible, for instance, by using one of the methods of micropropagation - somatic embryogenesis. Although this method is used primarily in the production of economically important crops, it can also be used to preserve the valuable gene resources of forest trees, especially in times of intense climate change.


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We invite you to listen to Prof. Tomasz Pawłowski’s lecture entitled Climate and tree seed germination.


Environmental conditions are critical factors controlling seed germination. One of the adaptations to unfavourable conditions is the phenomenon of dormancy, which allows plant germination and development to be coordinated with the environment. This property is essential for species continuity and the preservation of biodiversity. Trees have genetically adapted to the local climate and habitat in terms of the depth of dormancy and seed germination. Climate change can disrupt this balance and determine the survival of trees.

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We invite you to listen to Prof. Paweł Chmielarz’s lecture entitled “Forest in the freezer or in a test tube?


Genetic resources are usually stored as desiccated seeds, at negative temperatures in gene banks. But what if the seeds are intolerant to desiccation or the plants fail to develop seeds? Then one preserves small tissue fragments in liquid nitrogen that, after defrosting, can be used to cultivate complete plants via in vitro cultures. Can dying old oak trees be cloned 'in glass' to preserve their gene pool? A prerequisite for the success of any method is to understand the biology of the seeds and to recognise the potential for micro-propagation of species.

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We invite you to listen to Dr. Mikołaj K. Wawrzyniak’s lecture entitled “Biodiversity in a nutshell”.


Seeds represent a new generation of vascular plants, a safe capsule that allows plants to travel in space as well as in time. The germinating seed represents the forthcoming generation of plants, yet they still hold many secrets. Which factors affect seed germination? What is seed dormancy? How do they respond to climate change? To learn the answers to these questions, we invite you to the lecture "Biodiversity in a nutshell".


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We invite you to listen to Prof. Andrzej Lewandowski’s lecture entitledBlack poplar and climate change.


Accelerating climate change endangers trees to a much greater extent than other groups of organisms. As a result, the preservation and responsible management of forest genetic resources are becoming increasingly important. One of the more endangered species is the disappearing black poplar, which was once one of the major components of riverside riparian forests.


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We invite you to listen to Dr. Błażej Wójkiewicz’s lecture entitledGenetic variability and adaptive potential of forest tree populations.


Rapidly advancing climate change is responsible for intensifying stressful stimuli in the natural environment. Forest trees that fail to adapt to the new environmental conditions will perish under progressive natural selection. The genetic diversity of the individuals that make up a population of trees of a particular species will be a major determinant of whether or not it survives in a particular area.  Monitoring and preserving the genetic resources of forest tree populations can be critical to their survival in their current habitats.

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We invite you to listen to Prof. Witold Wachowiak’s lecture entitled “Understanding the hard drive of pines”.


Understanding the genetic basics of how organisms function, including access to the information encoded in the genome, which acts as their molecular hard drive, is essential in predicting the response of living organisms to environmental changes and in making decisions in favour of the preservation of populations and species under changing environmental conditions. Our research on Scots pine is dedicated to these issues.




We invite you to listen to Dr. Weronika B. Żukowska’s lecture entitled Significance and conservation of genetic diversity.


Genetic diversity is of great importance in light of ongoing climate changes. It is essential for the proper functioning of populations and species in changing environmental conditions. Livestock and crops like grains and vegetables, as well as fruit trees and shrubs, are particularly vulnerable to genetic diversity loss. However, we can all contribute to the protection of genetic diversity.



We invite you to listen to Dr. Ewelina A. Klupczyńska’s lecture entitledDo plants have memory and can it be erased?


Higher plants have complex mechanisms that enable them to respond to environmental changes. These reactions are controlled at the molecular level by epigenetic modifications and variations in gene expression. Due to epigenetic memory and epigenome changes, through chromatin modifications in environmentally responsive genes, plants are able to remember past experiences, which allows them to adapt to changing climatic conditions, also linked to global climate change.


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We invite you to listen to Prof. Daniel J. Chmura’s lecture entitled Adaptation of tree populations to climate change.


The conservation of genetic diversity is crucial for the adaptation and survival of species.
In provenance experiments, trees of the same species originating from different areas are planted in the same location. This allows us to understand how tree populations adapt to changing climatic conditions. The ability to better anticipate the effects of climate change will help us to plant trees today that will grow into a healthy forest in the future.



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Carry out your research project at the Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences, during 12 months of full-time employment - a competition organized by the National Research Centre

The Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences, invites scientists who wish to continue their research work at the Institute.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the competition proposed by the National Science Centre (link:
and the scope of activities of the Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences (pdf attached).

We will support you in writing your project application. If you are interested, please contact the Department of Scientific Information at Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie w przeglądarce obsługi JavaScript..


PASIFIC at the Institute of Dendrology PAS


We are happy to announce that the PASIFIC Call 1 is now open!


The Call for Proposals runs from 15 March 2021 to 30 June 2021.


Please watch the inviting speech by Prof. Paweł Rowiński, Vice-President of the Polish Academy of Sciences and PASIFIC Coordinator:


Interested scholars of any nationality and representing all research disciplines can apply for attractive 2-year postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute of Dendrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.


The PASIFIC fellows will be offered a monthly allowance of approx. €2,500 net. Those, who decide to come to Poland together with their families, may be entitled to an additional family allowance. In addition, they will be granted a research budget of up to €93,000 (€60,000 direct costs and 20% indirect costs).


To apply for the PASIFIC fellowships, candidates must be in possession of at least a doctoral degree or have 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience. Also, they must comply with the MSCA mobility rule and have not lived and worked in Poland for more than 12 months during the three years prior to the call’s deadline (July 1st, 2018 – June 30th, 2021). 


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