Our group is mostly interested in evolutionary old lineages of land fungi (Mucoromycota) and their interactions with bacteria. Mucoromycota representatives are common fungi which can be found in various habitats all around the world. The vast majority of them are organisms which degrade dead organic matter. In recent years it has been discovered that some Mycoromycota may contain bacteria inside their hyphae. However, the diversity and factors influencing the frequency of occurrence or the effect on the host of these bacteria remains poorly understood. Our team studies evolution and ecology as well as physiology of this group of fungi. We are interested in their adaptations to extreme environments (Arctic, Antarctic, oil reservoirs in Iran, contaminated soil) and how endohyphal bacteria can influence these adaptations. In our research we use both classical culturing methods and modern molecular methods paired with bioinformatic tools.
Moreover, some of us (mgr Michał Gorczak) focus on the evolution and diversity of predaceous fungi, with a particular interest in Laboulbeniomycetes class (Ascomycota) which groups highly specialised arthropods’ parasites as well as fungicolous organisms.
Aside from research, we have an active outreach group (e.g. film). We also perform mycological inventories and expertises.
Ongoing research projects
- NCBR Tango-IV-C/0005/2019: Biostarters development for dry aged beef production (head: Julia Pawłowska)
- NCN Preludium 20 nr 2021/41/N/NZ8/01994 : Together or alone? How endohyphal bacteria impact their fungal host? (head: Alicja Okrasińska)
- The spread of Aureoboletus projectellus in Europe
Completed research projects
- NCN OPUS 13 nr 2017/25/B/NZ8/00473 (2017-2021): Influence of soil contamination on the occurence and diversity of Mucoromycota and their endosymbiotic bacteria (head: Julia Pawłowska)
- NCN SONATA nr 2015/17/D/NZ8/00778 (2015-2019):Evolution of carbon assimilation abilities within Mucorales representatives (head: Julia Pawłowska)
- Iranian ICRP nr 364 (3/7/2019) (2019-2022): Phylogenetic and Evolutionary Study of mucoralean fungi from Iran with bioremediation potential for oil contaminated soils (head: Somayeh Dolatabadi)
- MNiSW nr DNM/SP/468952/2020 (2020-2021): Protected mushrooms of Poland (head: Anna Kujawa)
- MNiSW nr DI2014012344: Phylogenetic classification of Laboulbeniales in the light of evolution of other entomopathogenic fungi (head: Michał Gorczak).
- Iranian National Science Foundation nr 96003337 (2016-2019): Phylogenetic and evolutionary study of black yeasts from Iran with bioremediation potential for oil- contaminated soils (head: Somayeh Dolatabadi)
- MNiSW nr N303 548839 (2010-2014): Phylogenetics and taxonomy of Thamnidiaceae based on morphological, molecular and physiological data (head: Bożena Zakryś)
In: Environmental Microbiology, 2022.
In: Frontiers in Microbiology, vol. 12, pp. 239, 2021.
In: Applied and Environmental Microbiology, vol. 87, no. 7, 2021, ISSN: 0099-2240.
In: Scientific Reports, vol. 9, pp. 11864, 2019.
In: Fungal Ecology, vol. 39, pp. 94 - 99, 2019, ISSN: 1754-5048.
In: Mycologia, vol. 109, no. 4, pp. 601—607, 2017, ISSN: 0027-5514.