Joanna Mucha

Joanna Mucha


dr Joanna Mucha

Laboratory of Ecology

Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences

Parkowa 5, PL-62-035 Kornik, Poland
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Research interests

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



Principal Investigator

  1. How the origin of Pinus sylvestris affects belowground processes? (2020-2023)
  2. The importance of exogenous siderophores in the functioning of plant root cells of Scots pine (2014-2019)
  3. pH modification in host cell, its influence on successful infection of mycorrhizal or pathogenic fungus (2010-2012)
  4. 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 (2013-2020)
  2. Adaptive patterns in whole-plant resource allocation, and leaf and root characteristics in temperate woody climbers – a phylogenetically balanced study (2012-2018)
  3. Geographical variation trends of functional characteristics of Scots pine in Europe in the context of climate change and ecological processes (2012-2019)
  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. Science trainer course Poland (2017)
  2. Communication and teamwork, Poland (2014)
  3. The use of "R" environment in natural sciences, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (2013)
  4. Training in confocal microscopy Leica TCS SP5 II, Institute of Dendrology, Kórnik (2011-2012)
  5. Training from plant microtechnique (rotary microtome, microtome with a liquid nitrogen freezing device and microtome with vibrating blade), Institute of Dendrology, Kórnik (2011-2012)
  6. Application of numerical methods in ecology, Toruń (2012)
  7. Practical statistical methods, Warsaw (2011-2012)
  8. Practical regression analysis, StatSoft, Kraków (2011)
  9. Statistica - basic course, StatSoft, Kraków (2010)
  10. Multicomponent analysis, StatSoft, Kraków (2010)
  11. Analysis of variance, StatSoft, Kraków (2010)
  12. II Polish Meeting of Confocal Microscop Users, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (2008)
  13. Electrophoresis without artefacts and the revolution in fluorescence technic, Department of Cell Biology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń (2008)
  14. 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., 2014-2015: 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., 2014-2015: 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



Peer-reviewed papers

  1. Trocha L.K., Bułaj B., Durska A., Frankowski M., Mucha J. Not all long-distance exploration types are the same: Differential response of nitrogen and carbon concentrations in Xerocomus and Scleroderma ectomycorrhizae to variations in soil fertility. iForest (accepted)
  2. Zadworny M., Mucha J., Jagodziński A.M., Kościelniak P., Łakomy P., Modrzejewski M., Ufnalski K., Żytkowiak R., Comas L.H., Rodríguez-Calcerrada J. 2020. Seedling regeneration techniques affect root systems and the response of Quercus robur seedlings to water shortages. Forest Ecology and Management (accepted)
  3. Oleksyn J., Wyka T.P., Żytkowiak R., Zadworny M., Mucha J., Dering M., Ufnalski K., Nihlgård B., Reich P.B. A fingerprint of climate change across pine forests of Sweden. Ecology Letters
  4. Szuba A., Marczak Ł., Ratajczak I., Kasprowicz-Maluśki A., Mucha J., Integrated proteomic and metabolomic analyses revealed molecular adjustments in Populus × canescens colonized with the ectomycorrhizal fungus Paxillus involutus, which limited plant host growth. Environmental Microbiology
  5. Marzec-Schmidt K., Wojciechowska N., Nemeczek K., Ludwików A., Mucha J., Bagniewska‑Zadworna A. 2020. Allies or enemies: the role of reactive oxygen species during developmental processes in black cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa). Antioxidants 9(3), 199;
  6. Mucha J., Zadworny M., Helmisaari H-S., Nihlgård B., Repo T., Żytkowiak M., Małek S., Reich P. B., Oleksyn J. 2020. Fine root classification matters: Nutrient levels in different functional categories, orders and diameters of roots in boreal Pinus sylvestris across a latitudinal gradient. Plant and Soil 447: 507-520
  7. Mucha J., Pawlowski T. A., Klupczyńska E.A., Guzicka M., Zadworny M. 2019. The effect of hydroxamic siderophores structure on acetylation of histone H3 and alpha tubulin in Pinus sylvestris root cells. International Journal of Molecular Science 20(23):6099;
  8. Marzec-Schmidt K., Ludwików A., Wojciechowska N., Kasprowicz-Maluśki A., Mucha J., Bagniewska‑Zadworna A. 2019. Xylem cell wall formation in pioneer roots and stems of Populus trichocarpa (Torr. & Gray). Frontiers in Plant Science 10:1419.
  9. Szuba A., Marczak Ł., Karliński L., Mucha J., Tomaszewski D. 2019. Regulation of the leaf proteome by inoculation of Populus ×canescens with two Paxillus involutus isolates differing in root colonization rates. Mycorrhiza 29(5):503-517.
  10. Zadworny M., Jagodziński A. M., Łakomy P., Mucha J., Oleksyn J., Rodríguez-Calcerrada J., Ufnalski K. 2019. Regeneration origin affects radial growth patterns preceding oak decline and death –insights from tree-ring δ13C and δ18O. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
  11. Wyka T.P., Zadworny M., Mucha J., Żytkowiak R., Nowak K., Oleksyn, J. 2019. Biomass and nitrogen distribution ratios reveal a reduced root investment in temperate lianas vs. self-supporting plants. Annals of Botany
  12. Łakomy P., Kuźmiński R., Mucha J., Zadworny M. 2019. Effects of oak root pruning in forest nurseries on potential pathogen infections. Forest Pathology
  13. Mucha J., Gabała E., Zadworny M. 2019. The effects of structurally different siderophores on the organelles of Pinus sylvestris root cells. Planta 249(6):1747-1760
  14. Wyka T.P., Zadworny M., Mucha J., Żytkowiak R., Nowak K., Oleksyn J. 2019. Species-specific responses of growth and biomass distribution to trellis availability in three temperate lianas. Trees
  15. Mucha J., Napierała-Filipiak A., Gabała E., Pawłowski T.A., Zadworny M. 2019 Redistribution of iron and hydrogen peroxide in Pinus sylvestris roots in response to trophically diverse fungi. European Journal Plant Pathology 153(4):1275-1286.
  16. Mucha J., Jagodziński A.M., Bułaj B., Łakomy P., Talaśka A.M., Oleksyn J., Zadworny M. 2018. Functional response of Quercus robur L. to taproot pruning: a 5-year case study. Annals of Forest Science 75: 22.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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 nigra seedlings. Annals of Forest Science 72: 539-547.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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 andQuercus robur saplings. Tree Physiology 30: 648-654.
  35. Mucha J., Zadworny M., Werner A. 2009. Cytoskeleton and mitochondrial morphology of saprotrophs and the pathogen Heterobasidion annosumin the presence of Suillus bovinus metabolites. Mycological Research 113(9): 981-990.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. Mucha J., Dahm H., Strzelczyk E., Werner A. 2006. Synthesis of enzymes connected with mycoparasitism by ectomycorrhizal fungi. Archives of Microbiology 185: 69-77.


other papers

  • Mucha J. 2020. Susza w lasach strefy umiarkowanej – rola grzybów glebowych. Przegląd Leśniczy 9:24.
  • Mucha J., Jagodziński A.M. 2020. Związki z przyszłością. Głos Lasu 10:16-18.
  • Mucha J., Zadworny M. 2020. Patrząc głębiej, czyli po co nam mikroskopy? Kórniczanin 15: 17
  • Zadworny M., Mucha J.2020. Korzenie to podstawa. Głos Lasu 6 (592), 20-21
  • Mucha J., Suszka J. Zadworny M. 2019. Wpływ przechowywania nasion topoli czarnej na rozwój system korzeniowego. Przegląd Leśniczy 12/2019, 14-15
  • Zadworny M., Mucha J., Jagodziński A.M. 2019. Praktyka szkółkarska a rozwój systemu korzeniowego dębów. Las Polski 24/2019
  • Mucha J., Guzicka M., Zadworny M. 2019. Korzenie drzew a grzyby glebowe – rola obecności żelaza. Las Polski 15-16/2019


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