Department of Plant Physiology and Biophysics


prof. dr hab. Kazimierz Trębacz

Akademicka 19, 20-033 Lublin

room 0143B, tel. 537 59 31



Staff members:

prof. dr hab. Kazimierz Trębacz
prof. dr Jaco Vangronsveld
dr hab. Sławomir Dresler, prof. UMCS
dr hab. Małgorzata Wójcik, prof. UMCS
dr hab. Agnieszka Hanaka, prof. UMCS
dr hab. Maria Stolarz
dr Mateusz Koselski
dr Emilia Reszczyńska

dr Piotr Waśko
mgr Elżbieta Koperwas

Retired staff members:

dr hab. Halina Dziubińska, prof. UMCS
Wiesława Kasperska

Doctoral students:

mgr Izabela Borkowska
mgr Karolina Jaros
mgr Grzegorz Stanisławski


The Chair of Plant Physiology was created when the University was founded in 1944. Prof. Bronisław Niklewski was the organiser and first Head of the Chair. In 1970, the Chair was transformed into the Department of Plant Physiology. In 1945–1974, prof. dr hab. Adam Paszewski was in charge of the Chair and later the Department of Plant Physiology. In 1974-1997, the Department was headed by prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Baszyński. He was succeeded by prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Krupa (1997-2009), dr hab. Waldemar Maksymiec (2009-2014), prof. dr hab. Anna Tukiendorf (2014-2016), and dr hab. Małgorzata Wójcik (2016-2019).
In 1995, the Department of Biophysics became a separate unit. It was coordinated by prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Zawadzki (1995-2006) and prof. dr hab. Kazimierz Trębacz (2006-2019).

In 2019, the Department of Plant Physiology and the Department of Biophysics merged into the Department of Plant Physiology and Biophysics headed by prof. dr hab. Kazimierz Trębacz.

Current research topics

  • Changes in metabolic processes in plants induced by biotic and abiotic factors;
  • Mechanisms of plant adaptation in colonisation of metal-contaminated environments;
  • Analysis of natural and model lipid membrane systems;
  • Determination of the molecular basis of electrical signals in plants;
  • Association of electrical signals with plant movements

Research projects

  1. DAINA1 (NCN) (2018 - 2021) “Long-distance electrical signaling systems in plants - adaptation to the change from water to terrestrial environment”. Head of the project: prof. dr hab. Kazimierz Trębacz
  2. Miniatura 3 (NCN) (2019-2020) “Wpływ kwasów tłuszczowych na organizację molekularną luteiny” [Effect of fatty acids on the molecular organisation of lutein]. Head of the project: dr Emilia Reszczyńska
  3. Miniatura 2 (NCN) (2018-2019) „Akumulacja izoflawonoidów w nasionach Glycine max (L.) uprawianej w warunkach chronicznego stresu strontu” [Accumulation of isoflavonoids in seeds of Glycine max (L.) grown under chronic strontium stress] Head of the project: dr hab. Sławomir Dresler
  4. Miniatura 1 (NCN) (2017-2018) „Właściwości wybranych mikroorganizmów psychrotroficznych i ich potencjał w modyfikowaniu odpowiedzi Phaseolus coccineus na podwyższony poziom miedzi” [Properties of selected psychrotrophic microorganisms and their potential in modification of Phaseolus coccineus response to elevated copper levels]. Head of the project: dr hab. Agnieszka Hanaka


  1. Patent no. PL 233572 (Urząd Patentowy Rzeczpospolitej Polskiej); 2019
    „Method for obtaining skin treatment and care preparation”. Inventors: Sławomir Dresler, Roman Paduch, Maciej Strzemski

Cooperation with business milieu

Dr hab. Agnieszka Hanaka - investigator in the project “BIOGLASS - development and validation of technology for production of biocidal glass dedicated for architectural and greenhouse applications"; project no. POIR.04.01.02-00-0111 / 17-00 - implementation of stage 4: 01.05.2019-30.06.2020

Dr hab. Sławomir Dresler, prof. UMCS

  • Cooperation with Natur-Vit Company, which focuses on the cultivation and processing of herbal raw materials. The investigations consisted in assessment of the effect of processing temperature on the content of ascorbic acid in rose fruit, analysis of the content of biologically active substances in Cistus plants, and assessment of contamination of herbal raw materials (30 species) with tropane alkaloids
  • Expert opinion on innovativeness of the healing properties of nasturtium (Tropaeolum L.) - commissioning company: Kazimierskie Wzgórza Marek Rak, Bogumiła Rak s.c.

Research cooperation

The Department of Plant Physiology and Biophysics cooperates with the following units of Lublin universities: Maria Curie-Sklodowska University (Faculty of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science), Medical University (Chair and Department of Pharmaceutical Botany, Department of Analytical Chemistry), and University of Life Sciences (Department of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry). We also cooperate with the following national research centres: Department of Agricultural Microbiology, Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation in Puławy, Jagiellonian University (Department of Plant Cytology and Embryology, Department of Biophysics, Chair of Pharmaceutical Chemistry), and Wrocław Medical University (Department of Pharmaceutical Biology and Botany).  

The Department of Plant Physiology and Biophysics cooperates with the following foreign research institutions: Department of Biology, University of Trnava, Trnava (Slovakia), Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Brno (Czech Republic), Department of Neurobiology and Biophysics, Vilnius University, Wilno (Lithuania), Department of Applied Biological Science, Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo (Japan), Department of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Agricultural University in Plovdiv (Bulgaria), and Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University (Belgium).

Awards and distinctions

  • Dr hab. Sławomir Dresler, prof. UMCS - UMCS Rector's Team Award for research achievements (2015, 2019)
  • Dr hab. Sławomir Dresler, prof. UMCS - UMCS Rector's Individual Award for research achievements (2016)
  • Dr hab. Agnieszka Hanaka - UMCS Rector's Individual Award for research achievements and organisational work in Lublin Biotechnology Cluster (2017)
  • Dr hab. Halina Dziubińska, prof. UMCS, dr hab. Maria Stolarz - UMCS Rector's Award for a high-score research paper (2018)

Major publications

  • Kováčik J., Novotný V., Bujdoš M., Dresler S., Hladký J., Babula P. 2020 Glyphosate does not show higher phytotoxicity than cadmium: Cross talk and metabolic changes in common herb. Journal of Hazardous Materials383: 1–10
  • Rineau  F., Malina R., Beenaerts N., Arnauts N., Bardgett  R. D., Berg M. P., Boerema  A., Bruckers L., Clerinx  J., Davin  E. L., De Boeck H. J., De Dobbelaer T., Dondini M., De Laender F., Ellers  J., Franken  O., Gilbert L., Gudmundsson  L., Janssens  I. A., Johnson D., Lizin S., Longdoz B., Meire  P., Meremans D., Milbau A., Moretti  M., Nijs I., Nobel A., Sorin Pop I., Puetz  T., Reyns W., Roy J., Schuetz  J., Seneviratne S. I., Smith P., Solmi F., Staes J., Thiery W., Thijs S., Vanderkelen I., Van Landuyt W., Verbruggen E., Witters N., Zscheischler J., Vangronsveld J. 2019. Towards more predictive and interdisciplinary climate change ecosystem experiments. Nature Climate Change, 9: 809–816
  • Imperato V., Kowałkowski Ł., Portillo-Estrada M., Gawroński S., Vangronsveld J., Thijs S. 2019. Characterisation of the Carpinus betulus L. phyllomicrobiome in urban and forest areas. Frontiers in Microbiology, section Terrestrial Microbiology, 10: 1110
  • Imperato V., Portillo-Estrada M., McAmmond B., Douwen Y., Van Hamme J.D., Gawroński S., Vangronsveld J., Thijs S. 2019. Genomic diversity of two hydrocarbon-degrading and plant growth promoting Pseudomonas species isolated from the oil field of Bóbrka (Poland). Genes, 10: 443
  • Espenshade J., Thijs S., Gawroński S., Bove H., Weyens N., Vangronsveld J. 2019. Influence of urbanization on epiphytic bacterial communities of the Platanus x hispanica tree leaves in a biennial study. Frontiers in Microbiology, section Terrestrial Microbiology, 10: 675
  • Koselski M., Waśko P., Kupisz K., Trębacz K. 2019. Cold- and methol-evoke membrane potential changes in the moss Physcomitrella patens: influence of ion channel inhibitors and phytohormones. Physiologia Plantarum - 167: 433-446
  • Dresler S., Hawrylak-Nowak B., Kováčik J., Pochwatka M., Hanaka A., Strzemski M., Sowa I., Wójciak-Kosior M. 2019 Allantoin attenuates cadmium-induced toxicity in cucumber plants. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety170: 120–126
  • Hanaka A., Nowak A., Plak A., Dresler S., Ozimek E., Jaroszuk-Ściseł J., Wójciak-Kosior M., Sowa I. 2019 Bacterial isolate inhabiting Spitsbergen soil modifies the physiological response of Phaseolus coccineus in control conditions and under exogenous application of methyl jasmonate and copper excess. International Journal of Molecular Sciences (20) 8: E1909 (1–28)
  • Hanaka A., Ozimek E., Majewska M., Rysiak A., Jaroszuk-Ściseł J. 2019 Physiological diversity of Spitsbergen soil microbial communities suggests their potential as plant growth-promoting bacteria. International Journal of Molecular Sciences(20) 5: 1207
  • Wójciak-Kosior M., Sowa I., Dresler S., Kováčik J., Staniak M., Sawicki J., Zielińska S., Świeboda R., Strzemski M., Kocjan R. 2019 Polyaniline based material as a new SPE sorbent for pre-treatment of Chelidonium majus extracts before chromatographic analysis of alkaloids. Talanta194: 32–37
  • Hanaka A., Plak A., Zagórski P., Ozimek E., Rysiak A., Majewska M., Jaroszuk-Ściseł J. 2019 Relationships between the properties of Spitsbergen soil, number and biodiversity of rhizosphere microorganisms, and heavy metal concentration in selected plant species. Plant and Soil (436) 1–2: 49–69
  • Hanaka A., Dresler S., Wójciak-Kosior M., Strzemski M., Kováčik J., Latalski M., Zawiślak G., Sowa I. 2019 The Impact of Long- and Short-Term Strontium Treatment on Metabolites and Minerals in Glycine max. Molecules(24) 21: 3825 (1–14)
  • Kováčik J., Antoš V., Micalizzi G., Dresler S., Hrabák P., Mondello L. 2018 Accumulation and toxicity of organochlorines in green microalgae. Journal of Hazardous Materials 347: 168–175
  • Kováčik J., Dresler S., Wójciak-Kosior M., Hladký J., Babula P. 2018 Metabolic changes induced by manganese in chamomile. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry133: 127–133
  • Kováčik J., Dresler S., Babula P. 2018 Metabolic responses of terrestrial macrolichens to nickel Plant Physiology and Biochemistry127: 32–38
  • Kováčik J., Micalizzi G., Dresler S., Babula P., Hladký J., Chemodanov A., Mondello L. 2018 Metabolic responses of Ulva compressa to single and combined heavy metals. Chemosphere 213: 384–394
  • Kováčik J., Dresler S., Peterkoá V., Babula P. 2018 Metal-induced oxidative stress in terrestiral macrolichens. Chemosphere 203: 402–409
  • Dresler S., Kováčik J., Strzemski M., Sowa I., Wójciak-Kosior M. 2018 Methodological aspects of biologically active compounds quantification in the genus Hypericum. Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis 155: 82–90
  • Hawrylak-Nowak B., Dresler S., Rubinowska K., Matraszek-Gawron R., Woch W., Hasanuzzaman M. 2018 Selenium biofortification enhances the growth and alters the physiological response of lamb’s lettuce grown under high temperature stress. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 127: 446–456
  • Dresler S., Bogucka-Kocka A., Kováčik J., Tomasz Kubrak T., Strzemski M., Wójciak-Kosior M., Rysiak A., Sowa I. 2018 Separation and determination of coumarins including furanocoumarins using micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography. Talanta (187) 1: 120–124
  • Gilroy S., Trebacz K., Salvador-Racatala V. 2018 Inter-cellular electrical signals in plant adaptation and communication. Frontiers in Plant Science 9: 643
  • Strzemski M., Wójciak-Kosior M., Sowa I., Agacka-Mołdoch M., Drączkowski P., Matosiuk D., Kurach Ł., Kocjan R., Dresler S. 2017 Application of Raman spectroscopy for direct analysis of Carlina acanthifolia subsp. utzka root essential oil. Talanta 174: 633–637
  • Dresler S., Wójciak-Kosior M., Sowa I., Stanisławski G., Bany I., Wójcik M. 2017 Effect of short-term Zn/Pb or long-term multi-metal stress on physiological and morphological parameters of metallicolous and nonmetallicolous Echium vulgare L. populations. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry115: 380–389
  • Wójcik M., Gonnelli C., Selvi F., Dresler S., Rostański A., Vangronsveld J. 2017 Metallophytes of serpentine and calamine soils – their unique ecophysiology and potential for phytoremediation. Advances in Botanical Research 83: 1–42
  • Dresler S., Rutkowska E., Bednarek W., Stanisławski G., Kubrak T., Bogucka-Kocka A., Wójcik M. 2017 Selected secondary metabolites in Echium vulgare L. populations from nonmetalliferous and metalliferous areas. Phytochemistry133: 4–14
  • Stolarz M., Dziubinska H. 2017. Osmotic and Salt Stresses Modulate Spontaneous and Glutamate-Induced Action Potentials and Distinguish between Growth and Circumnutation in Helianthus annuus Seedlings. Frontiers in Plant Sciences 8: 1766
  • Koselski M.; Trebacz K., Dziubinska H. 2017. Vacuolar ion channels in the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha: influence of ion channel inhibitors. Planta: 245, 1049-1060.
  • Hanaka A., Wójcik M., Dresler S., Mroczek-Zdryska, Maksymiec W., 2016. Does methyl jasmonate modify the oxidative stress response in Phaseolus coccineus treated with Cu? Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 124: 480-488
  • Dresler S., Kubrak T., Rutkowska E., Gagoś M., Bogucka-Kocka A., Świeboda R., Wójcik M., 2016. Comparison of analytical methods in chemometric fingerprinting of metallicolous and non-metallicolous populations of Echium vulgare L. Phytochemical Analysis 27: 239-248
  • Koselski M., Dziubinska H., Seta-Koselska A., Trebacz K. 2015. A nitrate-permeable ion channel in the tonoplast of the moss Physcomitrella patens. Planta 241, 1207-1219.
  • Kurenda A., Stolarz M., Zdunek A. 2015. Electrical potential oscillations - movement relations in circumnutating sunflower stem and effect of ion channel and proton pump inhibitors on circumnutation. Physiologia Plantarum 153, 307-17.
  • Kupisz K., Trebacz K., Gruszecki WI. 2015. Menthol-induced action potentials in Conocephalum conicum as a result of unspecific interactions between menthol and the lipid phase of the plasma membrane. Physiologia Plantarum 154, 349-357
  • Wójcik M., Dresler S., Plak A., Tukiendorf A., 2015 Naturally evolved enhanced Cd tolerance of Dianthus carthusianorum L. is not related to accumulation of thiol peptides and organic acids. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 22(10): 7906-7917
  • Wójcik M., Dresler S., Tukiendorf A. 2015. Physiological mechanisms of adaptation of Dianthus carthusianorum L. to growth on a Zn-Pb waste deposit – the case of chronic multi-metal and acute Zn stress. Plant and Soil 390: 237-250
  • Hawrylak-Nowak B., Dresler S., Matraszek R. 2015. Exogenous malic and acetic acids reduce cadmium phytotoxiciy and enhance cadmium accumulation in roots of sunflower plants. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 94:225-234