Dorota Kregiel

Dorota Kregiel
Lodz University of Technology · Department of Environmental Biotechnology

Full Professor
Looking for collaborators in: 1) biocontrol agents, especially non-conventional yeasts; 2) self-cleaning materials

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Introduction
Fascinated by microbial physiology and metabolism, interested in water microbiology, biofilms and plant active compounds, working at Lodz University of Technology, Poland, teaching on Microbiology in the BSc/MSc courses of Bioeconomy and Biotechnology. It is my great passion.
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November 2019 - present
Lodz University of Technology
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
January 2014 - present
Position
  • Ass. Prof.
November 1986 - December 2013
Lodz University of Technology
Position
  • adiunct

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Publications (139)
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Butanol is a promising, renewable fuel that can be obtained from various agricultural residues. As many of its potential feedstocks are coproduced with various food raw materials, their use does not compete with food demand or require changes to land use. In recent years, there has been substantial research toward converting lignocellulosic feedsto...
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The natural lifespan of potato tubers (Solanum tuberosum L.) is influenced by several factors, including dormancy, tuber physiology, and conditions in the external environment, such as temperature, humidity, and air movement. We studied the effects of different periods of tuber storage (within 12 months) at 4 °C, followed by 14 d storage at 15–20 °...
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An increasing trend in protecting plants against phytopathogens is the replacement of chemical pesticides with environmentally acceptable biopreparations. This article focuses on the possible use of yeast Metschnikowia pulcherrima as a biocontrol agent against potato pathogens. The scope included an assessment of the antimicrobial activity of 10 M....
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Biological control offers an alternative to chemical pesticides, which are inconsistent with the global trend of “going green”. Biological control includes various approaches, from natural predators to biologically produced molecules. This article focuses on the selection of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) as biological control agents against potato pat...
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Desmodium adscendens (Sw.) DC. is a plant of the Fabaceae family especially rich in flavonoids but also in alkaloids, terpenoids, steroids, phenols, phenylpropanoids, glycosides, and volatiles. This herb has been traditionally used in numerous countries all over the world for its pharmacological and biological properties (i.e., it has been used for...
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Jakość wody pitnej podlega bardzo restrykcyjnym regulacjom, a systemy wodne monitorowane są m.in. pod kątem mikroorganizmów istotnych dla zdrowia publicznego. W systemach wodnych dominują heterotroficzne bakterie saprofityczne, oznaczane jako HPC (ang. Heterotropic Plate Count), jednak nie należy ich lekceważyć, ponieważ odgrywają one istotną rolę...
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The feasibility of early disease detection in potato seeds storage monitoring of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and plant physiological markers was evaluated using 10 fungal and bacterial pathogens of potato in laboratory-scale experiments. Data analysis of HS-SPME-GC-MS revealed 130 compounds released from infected potatoes, including sesquiter...
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Mixed fermentation using Saccharomyces cerevisiae and non-Saccharomyces yeasts as starter cultures is well known to improve the complexity of wines and accentuate their characteristics. This study examines the use of controlled mixed fermentations with the Metschnikowia pulcherrima clade, Saccharomyces cerevisiae Tokay, and non-conventional yeasts:...
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Yeast strains and appropriate hydrolysis conditions were selected for efficient single cell protein (SCP) production from waste rapeseed meal. High potential for effective biomass production was observed for Yarrowia lipolytica LOCK0264 with 10 g of rapeseed meal at 4.9 × 108 ± 1.5 × 108 (2.91 logarithmic units). The highest yeast multiplication ra...
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Pulcherrimin is a secondary metabolite of yeasts belonging to the Metschnikowia pulcherrima clade, and pulcherrimin formation is responsible for the antimicrobial action of its producers. Under�standing the environmental function of this metabolite can provide insight into various microbial interactions and enables the efficient development of new...
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Graphene oxide (GO) was deposited on a cotton fabric and then thermally reduced to reduced graphene oxide (rGO) with the assistance of L-ascorbic acid. The GO reduction imparted electrical conductivity to the fabric and allowed for electrochemical deposition of Ag° particles using cyclic voltammetry. Only the Ag°/rGO composite coating imparted anti...
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Microorganisms are able to give rise to biofilm formation on food matrixes and along food industry infrastructures or medical equipment. This growth may be reduced by the application of molecules preventing bacterial adhesion on these surfaces. A new Schiff base ligand, derivative of hesperetin, HABH (2-amino-N′-(2,3-dihydro-5,7-dihydroxy-2-(3-hydr...
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The genus Hyssopus is widespread in central Asia, East Mediterranean, and Mongolian areas. It has six main species which are used as herbal remedies, such as Hyssopus officinalis which is used as a condiment and flavoring agent in food industry. The other five species are H. ambiguus, H. cuspidatus, H. latilabiatus, H. macranthus, and H. seravschan...
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Daidzein is a phytoestrogen isoflavone found in soybeans and other legumes. The chemical composition of daidzein is analogous to mammalian estrogens, and it could be useful with a dual-directional purpose by substituting/hindering with estrogen and estrogen receptor (ER) complex. Hence, daidzein puts forth shielding effects against a great number o...
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Cyperaceae are a plant family of grass-like monocots, comprising 5600 species with a cosmopolitan distribution in temperate and tropical regions. Phytochemically, Cyperus is one of the most promising health supplementing genera of the Cyperaceae family, housing ≈950 species, with Cyperus rotundus L. being the most reported species in pharmacologica...
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The Glycyrrhiza genus, generally well-known as licorice, is broadly used for food and medicinal purposes around the globe. The genus encompasses a rich pool of bioactive molecules including triterpene saponins (e.g., glycyrrhizin) and flavonoids (e.g., liquiritigenin, liquiritin). This genus is being increasingly exploited for its biological effect...
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To lower the risk of obesity, diabetes, and other related diseases, the WHO recommends that consumers reduce their consumption of sugars. Here, we propose a microbiological method to reduce the sugar content in red beet juice, while incurring only slight losses in the betalain content and maintaining the correct proportion of the other beet juice c...
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Cotton fabric was modified with organosilicon coating containing graphene oxide (GO), which was then thermally reduced to reduced graphene oxide. The thermal reduction imparted electrical conductivity and hydrophobicity to the fabric. In order to augment the reduction of GO in the coating, the organosilicon sol with active reducing ─SiH groups, was...
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Thirty-three alkyl and aryl isothiocyanates, as well as isothiocyanate derivatives from esters of coded amino acids and from esters of unnatural amino acids (6-aminocaproic, 4-(aminomethyl)benzoic, and tranexamic acids), were synthesized with satisfactory or very good yields (25–97%). Synthesis was performed in a “one-pot”, two-step procedure, in t...
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Numerous honeybee (Apis mellifera) products, such as honey, propolis, and bee venom, are used in traditional medicine to prevent illness and promote healing. Therefore, this insect has a huge impact on humans’ way of life and the environment. While the population of A. mellifera is large, there is concern that widespread commercialization of beekee...
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Intrinsic hydrophobicity is the reason for efficient bacterial settlement and biofilm growth on silicone materials. Those unwelcomed phenomena may play an important role in pathogen transmission. We have proposed an approach towards the development of new anti-biofilm strategies that resulted in novel antimicrobial hydrophobic silicones. Those func...
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The article presents the main problems in drinking water distribution systems. These include: the presence of biofilms and loose sediments, which are active zones of microbial accumulation and development. The presence of certain microorganisms associated with the health risk of drinking water, the effect of chlorination, the effect of the pipe wal...
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Pulcherrimin, a red iron chelate, is produced by some yeasts and bacteria. It plays important ecological roles in many ecosystems, including growth control, biofilm inhibition and photoprotection. In this study, fifteen yeast strains of the genus Metschnikowia were characterized based on their production of pulcherrimin. Yeast pulcherrimin was isol...
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Pofermentacyjna biomasa drożdży z rodzaju Saccharomyces to jeden z głównych produktów ubocznych zakładów branży piwowarskiej. Materiał ten może być cennym surowcem o szerokich możliwościach aplikacyjnych. Niestety, obecne wykorzystanie drożdży pofermentacyjnych to tylko dodatek do pasz dla trzody chlewnej oraz przeżuwaczy. Niniejszy przegląd przeds...
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Nowadays, the energy crisis, climate change and greenhouse effect have created a strong demand for the development of alternative energy sources. Researchers have made an attempt to produce biobutanol from various second-generation feedstocks with new microbial strains and new technologies. This paper presents the recent progress on efficient butan...
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Heterotrophic bacteria are able to form biofilms in water processing systems, adhering to pipe materials and colonizing surfaces. The aim of our research was to identify the critical points in the process of bottled water production at which controls can be applied to prevent, reduce, or eliminate water safety hazards. Microbiological monitoring wa...
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The nonwovens of commercially available polylactide (PLA) were produced for further modification by electrospinning using laboratory scale equipment. The nonwovens were subsequently coated with an aqueous dispersion of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT), using the padding technique. MWCNTs formed 3D network on fiber surfaces making the nonwovens el...
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Farnesol is a natural sesquiterpenoid and an interesting quorum-sensing molecule. Its insolubility in water is the biggest obstacle to its application for bacterial biofilm treatments since it compromises the bioavailability. Recently, an increasing interest in farnesol encapsulation or loading in polymeric materials may be noted due to the prolong...
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Algae are employed commonly in cosmetics, food and pharmaceuticals, as well as in feed production and biorefinery processes. In this study, post-fermentation leachate from a biogas plant which exploits stillage and maize silage was utilized as a culture medium for Chlorella vulgaris. The content of polyphenols in hydrophilic extracts of the Chlorel...
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The chemical characteristics of lysates obtained from yeasts belonging to Metschnikowia spp. were determined. Cell lysis was induced using saponin from Q. saponaria or 5% NaCl. The process was conducted at 50 °C for 48 h. The enzymatic profiles of the resulting lysates were analyzed. The mannose and glucose contents were also investigated, as well...
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Oral diseases are considered the most common noncommunicable diseases and are related to serious local and systemic disorders. Oral pathogens can grow and spread in the oral mucosae and frequently in biomaterials (e.g., dentures or prostheses) under polymicrobial biofilms, leading to several disorders such as dental caries and periodontal disease....
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Mikroplastik występuje powszechnie zarówno w środowisku wodnym i lądowym. Znaleziono go m.in. w oceanach, ale także w żywności z owoców morza oraz innych produktach spożywczych - napojach, piwie, miodzie czy soli kuchennej. Niedawno cząsteczki mikroplastiku zostały również wykryte w butelkowanej wodzie mineralnej. Biorąc pod uwagę masowe zastosowan...
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Managing water microbiological safety requires understanding the sources of occurrence and potential multiplication of pathogenic microorganisms posing health risk. The paper presents reservoirs for Legionella spp. rods, which are classified in the Regulation of the Minister of Health of 22 April 2005 as harmful biological agents of group 2. They c...
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This study set out to isolate and identify epiphytic yeasts producing pulcherrimin, and to evaluate their potential as biological control agents (BCAs). We isolated Metschnikowia sp. strains from flowers and fruits collected in Poland. The plant material had been collected between April to September 2017 from two small orchards where traditional or...
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Background Vitis genus comprised about 70 species. Concerning its pharmacological properties, V. vinifera is the most studied one, but there are other species with interest. Scope and Approach Therefore, this review aims to provide an updated overview on bioactive phytochemicals present in food products (grapes and wine) of V. vinifera and other V...
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Cucurbita genus has received a renowned interest in the last years. This plant species, native to the Americas, has served worldwide folk medicine for treating gastrointestinal diseases and intestinal parasites, among other clinical conditions. These pharmacological effects have been increasingly correlated with their nutritional and phytochemical...
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Antibiofilm strategies may be based on the prevention of initial bacterial adhesion, the inhibition of biofilm maturation or biofilm eradication. N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC), widely used in medical treatments, offers an interesting approach to biofilm destruction. However, many Eubacteria strains are able to enzymatically decompose the NAC molecule....
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Acetic acid bacteria of the genus Asaia are recognized as common bacterial spoilage in the beverage industry. Their growth in contaminated soft drinks can be visible in the form of flocs, turbidity and flavor changes. Volatile profiles associated with the growth and metabolic activities of Asaia lannensis and As. bogorensis strains were evaluated u...
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Anaerobic fermentation of organic compounds is used in many biotechnological processes and has been the subject of much research. A variety of process conditions and different growth media can be used to obtain microbial metabolites. The media must be free from contamination before fermentation. Sterilization is most often achieved by applying heat...
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Butanol has similar characteristics to gasoline, and could provide an alternative oxygenate to ethanol in blended fuels. Butanol can be produced either via the biotechnological route, using microorganisms such as clostridia, or by the chemical route, using petroleum. Recently, interest has grown in the possibility of catalytic coupling of bioethano...
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Dual-component fibrous materials were produced by co-extrusion and multiplication technology in combination with a water jet procedure. High density polyethylene/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (HDPE/PVDF) and polypropylene/high density polyethylene (PP/HDPE) systems were obtained. Modification of these fibrous materials with multiwall carbon nanotubes i...
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Acetic acid bacteria belonging to the genus Asaia spp. are relatively new microbial contaminants in the beverage industry. These bacteria cause organoleptic changes such as increased turbidity, haziness and sour odor. In addition, they are able to form biofilms on the inner parts of production lines, and finally they can cause secondary contaminati...
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Bacteria adapt to their living environment forming organised biofilms. The survival strategy makes them more resistant to disinfectants, which results in acute biofilm-caused infections, secondary water pollution by biofilm metabolites and bio-corrosion. New, efficient and environmentally friendly strategies must be developed to solve this problem....
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Nettles (genus Urtica, family Urticaceae) are of considerable interest as preservatives in foods for both human and animal consumption. They have also been used for centuries in traditional medicine. This paper reviews the properties of nettles that make them suitable for wider applications in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Nettles contain...
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Chocolate manufacturers often develop their own original blends of cocoa beans, which, after processing, will give an unique sensory properties to their chocolates. In recent years, there has been a trend in the production of an increasing amount of low-processed or unprocessed food. Therefore, we carried out the research in which we obtained and a...
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This study compares the efficiency of lactic acid production by separate hydrolysis and fermentation (SHF) or simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF) of sugar beet pulp, a byproduct of industrial sugar production. In experiments, sugar beet pulp was hydrolyzed using five commercial enzymes. A series of shake flask fermentations were co...
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This study examines the in vitro effect of Quillaja saponaria extracts on Asaia spp. planktonic cells and biofilms, in comparison and combination with two disinfectants: peracetic acid and N-ethyl-N,N-dimethylhexadecylammonium bromide. The growth of six bacterial strains was evaluated spectrophotometrically. Biofilm eradication was determined using...
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Yeast strains and acetic acid bacteria were isolated from spoiled soft drinks with characteristic flocs as a visual defect. Polymerase chain reaction and amplification of a partial region of the LSU rRNA gene identified the bacteria as Asaia spp. Sequence analysis of the D1/D2 region of the 26S rDNA in turn identified the yeast isolates as Wickerha...
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The sugar industry generates large amounts of various types of waste, such as sugar beet pulp, leaves, and molasses, which can be used as valuable substrates in biotechnology. Such biomass may be used for microbial cultivation to produce cellular proteins, organic acids, biologically important secondary metabolites, enzymes, prebiotic oligosacchari...
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This study investigates the effects of the addition of tungsten on the structure, phase composition, textural properties and activities of β-SiC-based catalysts in the aqueous phase hydrogenation of furfural. Carbothermal reduction of SiO2 in the presence of WO3 at 1550 °C in argon resulted in the formation of WxC-β-SiC nanocomposite powders with s...
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We investigated the biological activity of surfactants based on quaternary ammonium compounds: gemini surfactant hexamethylene-1,6-bis-(N,N-dimethyl-N-dodecylammonium bromide) (C6), synthesized by the reaction of N,N-dimethyl-N-dodecylamine with 1,6-dibromohexane, and its monomeric analogue dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB). The experiments w...
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The aim of the study was to identify and quantitatively assess of carotenoids and isoprenoid quinones biosynthesized by six different strains of acetic acid bacteria, belonging to genus Asaia, that are common beverage-spoiling bacteria in Europe. Bacterial cultures were conducted in a laboratory liquid culture minimal medium with 2% sucrose. Carote...
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The objective of this study was to develop a method for the thermally-assisted acidic hydrolysis of waste biomass from the sugar industry (sugar beet pulp and leaves) for chemical and biotechnological purposes. The distillates, containing furfural, can be catalytically reduced directly into furfurayl alcohol or tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol. The sugar...
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It has long been shown that phytochemicals protect plants against viruses, bacteria, fungi and herbivores, but only relatively recently we have learnt that they are also critical in pro‐ tecting humans against diseases. A significant amount of medicinal plants is consumed by humans. As food‐related products, they additionally improve human health a...
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Large amounts of waste biomass are generated in sugar factories from the processing of sugar beets. After diffusion with hot water to draw the sugar from the beet pieces, a wet material remains called pulp. In this study, waste sugar beet pulp biomass was enzymatically depolymerized, and the obtained hydrolyzates were subjected to fermentation proc...