Research Areas

Ecophysiology of marine benthic and planktonic algae


1. Influence of the main environmental factors, such as salinity, temperature and light on photosynthesis, respiration, fluorescence, photoacclimation and growth of algae from natural communities and cultured under laboratory conditions.

2. Culture Collection of Baltic Algae (CCBA); actually CCBA maintains more than 100 original Baltic strains representing cyanobacteria, flagellates, green algae and diatoms.

3. Isolation of the new algal strains from the Baltic and inland waters in Poland.

4. Morphology of Baltic algae examined by observation in light microscope (LM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM).

5. Allelopathic interactions of Baltic algae and cyanobacteria

6. Molecular genetics of the Baltic strains of algae to resolve taxonomical question providing to new insights into the phylogeny of algae by study of nuclear small subunit rDNA (SSU rDNA), large subunit rDNA (LSU rDNA) and ribosomal internal transcribed spacer region (ITS1-2).

7. Ecotoxicological study of xenobiotics like ionic liquids (ILs) and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) on cells, especially of Baltic algae by using algal toxicity tests.

8. Taxonomical and ecophysiological characterization of benthic diatoms from the intertidal flats of the Marennes-Oléron Bay (Atlantic) and non-tidal the Gdańsk Bay (Baltic).

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