Konrad Wolowski

Konrad Wolowski
W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences · Phycology

PhD, Professor

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Introduction
Konrad Wołowski currently works at Wladyslaw Szafer Institute of Botany Polish Academy of Sciences. Konrad does research in phycology, microbiology, developmental biology, and botany. His current project is taxonomy, ecology, and biogeography of freshwater algae with special attention to euglenoids (also colorless ones), Vaucheria, microhabitats of algae and alga from polluted water.
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January 1985 - present
W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences
Position
  • Head of Department
Description
  • Employment history • 1976-1977 – Master of Science, assistant - Institute of Biology, Pedagogical University of Cracow; • 1977-1978 – Assistant, Department of Microbiology, Institute of Sanitary Engineering, University of Technology, Cracow; • 1978-1984 – Assistant, Institute of Biology, Department of Biology Teaching, Pedagogical University in Krakow; • 1984-1985 – Doctor of Sciences, Assistant in the Department of Phycology of the the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences,

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Oddział Krakowski PTB powołano formalnie 10 kwietnia 1922 r., na zjeździe założycielskim Polskiego Towarzystwa Botanicznego. Funkcjonuje zatem już 100 lat, tak jak samo Towarzystwo. Jednak środowisko botaników z Krakowa zawsze szczyciło się tym, że grupa badaczy, związanych z tym ośrodkiem w pierwszej dekadzie XX w., spotykała się regularnie od 191...
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ABSTRACT: We tested a new two-phase culture medium for culturing microorganisms, in particular algae and fungi. In media composed of mixed gel and solid phases of granite, basalt, sandstone, limestone and sodium glass, we observed the growth of selected species inhabiting the boundaries of the gel medium with the solid phase. The species used were...
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Mars has been subject to repeated waxing and waning episodes of extreme chaotic obliquity (axial tilting) for at least four billion years. Obliquity is currently at 25.19 degrees and has exceeded 80◦. Each time obliquity exceeds 40◦ Martian atmospheric pressures and global temperatures increase causing the melting of glaciers and permafrost and sub...
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Zbiory IB PAN stanowią podstawową w skali krajowej i znaczącą w skali międzynarodowej kolekcję zbiorów zielnikowych, których łączna liczba numerów inwentarzowych wynosi blisko 1500000. Zbiory obejmują nie tylko wszystkie grupy współczesnych roślin i grzybów, w tym jedną z trzech największych na świecie ikonotek glonów (415510 kart), ale także kolek...
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There is a new described antifungal system (GALVI) involving the moving of bioactive ions of Zn, Cu and Bi for the protection of cultural heritage objects such as buildings, sculptures and stretchers. There were two kinds of galvanic cells that were used: the first composed of a two-electrodes system, Zn, Cu, and second one composed of a three-elec...
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The natural macroalgal community, which developed in the unique and extremely Cr(VI)-polluted aquatic reservoir situated near a historical chromium-waste landfill, was studied in order to recognize the main mechanisms of Cr(VI) detoxification by the algal species. The conducted taxonomic analysis revealed mixed composition of the filamentous forms...
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This paper analyzes a unique, aquatic phytobial biocenosis that has been forming naturally for over 20 years and operating as a filter for Cr(VI)-polluted groundwater. Our study presents a thorough taxonomic analysis of the biocenosis, including filamentous algae, vascular plants, and microbiome, together with the analysis of Cr accumulation levels...
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Chrysophyte stomatocysts have been studied widely in temperate and arctic regions, while they are rarely investigated in tropical and subtropical areas. The subtropical mountainous region in central China is one of the Global 200 conservation priority ecoregions, due to its high biodiversity. There are some patches of pristine peatlands developed i...
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Numerous massive black and complex araneiforms with features categorized as "trees" "rivers" and dendritic radial "spiders" and ranging from a few meters to over 300 meters in size, appear on the surface of the upper northern and lower southern hemispheres of Mars, during the Spring, paralleling the melting of the polar ice-caps which consist of co...
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Peatlands are critical ecosystems in regulating global carbon cycle and hosting distinctive biodiversity. Chrysophyte stomatocysts, siliceous resting stages of golden-brown algae, are widely distributed in acidic and oligotrophic environments of peatlands. Presently, little knowledge is available on the composition and distribution of stomatocysts...
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Peatlands are critical ecosystems in regulating global carbon cycle and hosting distinctive biodiversity. Chrysophyte stomatocysts, siliceous resting stages of golden-brown algae, are widely distributed in acidic and oligotrophic environments of peatlands. Presently, little knowledge is available on the composition and distribution of stomatocysts...
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Peatlands are critical ecosystems in regulating global carbon cycle and hosting distinctive biodiversity. Chrysophyte stomatocysts, siliceous resting stages of golden-brown algae, are widely distributed in acidic and oligotrophic environments of peatlands. Presently, little knowledge is available on the composition and distri-bution of stomatocysts...
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In this study, the use of a new system made of natural wood absorbers (Salix viminalis) is proposed as a tool to protect plants, groundwater and soil from the adverse effects of de-icing salt. The toxic effects of road de-icing salt on soils, groundwater and plant growth have concerned environmental scientists, especially ecologists, for decades an...
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Cylindrospermopsin (CYN) is a toxic secondary metabolite produced by several freshwater species of cyanobacteria. Its high chemical stability and wide biological activity pose a series of threats for human and animal morbidity and mortality. The biggest risk of CYN exposure for human organism comes from the consumption of contaminated water, fish o...
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Inhabiting of bromeliad tanks by algae and other organisms is a very interesting phenomenon. Although the conditions in these water tanks are challenging, the occurrence of different algae and cyanobacteria in such specific ecological niches may suggest wide adaptive abilities among these organisms. This work presents the first report of algae in m...
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A study of green and charophytic algae diversity in two high-mountain lakes in the Eastern Carpathians (Ukraine) identified 99 species (109 taxa at species and intraspecific rank) in 35 genera from different ecotopes of the studied lakes. Algal species composition was characterized, and the ecological parameters of the lakes were determined from mo...
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This article discusses the impact of Professor Jadwiga Siemińska’s work on the emergence of post-war and contemporary Polish phycology and hydrobiology. It describes her research on the taxonomy of algae and diatoms in particular, highlights the value of her work on the extensive algae database in the Department of Phycology of the Szafer Institute...
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Since the advent of molecular phylogenetics the taxonomy of Euglenophyceae experienced substantial revisions. Several new genera have been created and many species, particularly of Euglena have been assigned to these newly described taxa. One of the most pervasive and still unresolved questions is the position of Euglena ehrenbergii Klebs and its c...
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This study concerns the two species Trachelomonas volzii and T. dubia which were examined for similarities and dissimilarities of their loricae and monads organization. We specifically focused on the key features of both species that were originally used to separate one from the other: annular thickening at the base of collar and dimensions and orn...
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The paper reports the first detailed study of the diversity of euglenoids recorded from the El Farafra Oasis in the Western Desert of Egypt. Four of the 20 identified species are new records for the Egyptian algal flora: the colorless Peranema inflexum Skuja, and the three pigmented species Euglena adhaerens Matv., Phacus crassus Zakryś & M. Łukoms...
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Research on algae and cyanobacteria occurring in streams and water bodies of the Polish areas of the Tatra Mountains were initiated by Kalchbrenner and Schumann in the second half of the nineteenth century. Euglenophytes were not frequent components in those studies. Currently, these organisms are not often reported from mountain water bodies, incl...
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Among 45 recorded heterotrophic (colorless) taxa of euglenoids, representatives of the genera Petalomonas F. Stein (12 taxa) and Peranema Dujard. (10 taxa) were abundant and showed high diversity. Less frequently identified were Anisonema Dujard. (3), Astasia Dujard. (1), Dinema Perty (2), Entosiphon F. Stein (1), Heteronema Dujard. (4), Menoidium...
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Research on algae and cyanobacteria occurring in streams and waterbodies of the Polish part of the Tatra Mountains were initiated by Kalchbrenner and Schumann in the second half of the nineteenth century. Euglenophytes were not a frequent component of those studies. Nor are these organisms reported from Tatra water-peat bog ecosystems very often at...
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Oases include highly isolated freshwater habitats, often characterized by extreme environmental conditions (e.g., high electrolyte content and temperature). These environments can provide peculiar, specific habitats for algae and cyanobacteria, but they are highly impacted (water drawdown, organic pollution) by different human activities, mainly ag...
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This study documented lorica ultrastructure variation in Corresponding author: and related taxa from natural populations. On that basis, inaccuracies in the taxonomic system of euglenoid Trachelomonas are pointed out. Loricae of T. caudata and taxa very similar to it were examined by light and scanning electron microscopy and by energy-dispersive X...
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This study examined wall ultrastructure variability in the microscopic green alga Pediastrum s.l. Its value as a diagnostic character is discussed. Field and cultured material of 21 taxa were compared using light and scanning electron microscopy. Nine ultrastructural elements occurring on the surface of Pediastrum are documented with LM and SEM mic...
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Fott & Komárek, known so far from a few localities in Central Europe (Czech Republic), is reported here for the first time from Asia (Thailand). This epiphytic species was found growing on eight taxa of loricated euglenoids. The process of surface colonization of
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Thallium (Tl) compounds are extremely toxic to living organisms, including algae, but there is a dearth of basic information regarding the mechanisms of action of Tl in the environment and its effects on algae in natural conditions. This study examined algal diversity in an environment highly polluted by Tl. Graniczna Woda stream is contaminated by...
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Marine macroalgae are natural components of coastal ecosystems. Some of them have practical and industrial applications. Tytus Chałubiński was a Polish medical doctor and natural science enthusiast who completed a valuable collection of mosses and other cryptogams, now kept in the Tatra Mts Museum in Zakopane. In the present paper, 10 specimens fro...
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Marine macroalgae are natural components of coastal ecosystems. Some of them have practical and industrial applications. Tytus Chałubiński was a Polish medical doctor and natural science enthusiast who completed a valuable collection of mosses and other cryptogams, now kept in the Tatra Mts Museum in Zakopane. In the present paper, 10 specimens fro...
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The diversity of Phacus and Monomorphina (Euglenophyta) from northern Thailand was studied in various water bodies of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang and Phayao provinces. This paper presents 25 taxa of Phacus and 1 Monomorphina new for Thailand, including 3 Phacus taxa new for Southeast Asia. Several varieties and forms were recognized. A...
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The carnivorous plant genus Utricularia comprises three monophyletic subgenera, Polypompholyx, Bivalvaria, and Utricularia; however, all Utricularia species produce sophisticated suction traps. Most studies on the interactions between this genus and algae were performed on the derived aquatic bladderworts from Utricularia subgenus Utricularia, sect...
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This paper reports data on a community of Trachelomonas species (Euglenophyta) occurring during Planktothrix agardhii bloom formation in a shallow, highly eutrophic dam reservoir. The results come from a long-term study of Siemianowka Dam Reservoir, located on the upper Narew River (NE Poland). From April to October 2007, 132 alga taxa were identif...
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The biogeography and taxonomy of euglenophytes from the southeastern United States were studied in material from lakes, ponds and rivers of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. The 68 taxa found, 26 of which are new for this region, belong to the genera Euglena (26 taxa), Euglenaria (2), Lepocinclis (13), Phacus (2...
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An account is given of chrysophycean stomatocysts and algae occurring together with the carnivorous plants known as bladderworts, Utricularia intermedia, U. minor and U. australis, in the peat bog of Jeleniak-Mikuliny Nature Reserve. Eleven chrysophycean stomatocyst morphotypes were found, all reported for the first time from this nature reserve. A...
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316TRAPS OF CARNIVOROUS PLANTS AS ALGAE MICROHABITATSK. Wolowski1, M. Lukaszek1and B. J. Plachno2(k.wolowski@botany.pl)1Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland 2Jagiellonian University, PolandMicrohabitats are small ecosystems usually occupying closely separated areas with specific physical and chemical properties which often present a barrier to the gr...
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Algal flora of four post-mining ponds in the area of an abandoned pyrite mine (SW Poland) was examined for the first time. All algal taxa were identified and documented by light microscopy (LM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Two types of waters (on the basis of their properties) were found: (i) strongly acidic with low pH (<3) and high con...
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Several decades after the closure of the Ingurtosu mine (SW Sardinia), a variety of seasonal Zn biomineralizations occurs. In this work, waters, microbial consortia, and seasonal precipitates from the Naracauli stream were sampled to investigate chemical composition of stream waters and biominerals, and microbial strain identity. Molecular and morp...
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Five new species and one new variety of loricate euglenoid taxa were discovered in Thailand: Strombomonas starmachii Duangjan and Wolowski, S. chiangmaiensis Duangjan, Trachelomonas peerapornpisalii Duangjan and Wolowski, T. thailandicus Duangjan and Wolowski, T. reticulato-spinifera Duangjan and T. hystrix var. paucispinosa Prowse. We propose to r...
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À l'occasion de la Journée Mondiale des Sols, le Centre commun de recherche (JRC), service scientifique de la Commission européenne, publie la version française de sa cartographie unique des sols européens. L'atlas européen de la biodiversité des sols est un outil d'aide à la décision visant à protéger les sols, ressource essentielle aux cycles de...
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À l'occasion de la Journée Mondiale des Sols, le Centre commun de recherche (JRC), service scientifique de la Commission européenne, publie la version française de sa cartographie unique des sols européens. L'atlas européen de la biodiversité des sols est un outil d'aide à la décision visant à protéger les sols, ressource essentielle aux cycles de...
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Various authors have described algae in aquatic Utricularia traps as commensals, as stress factors or as prey. This study examined the diversity and abundance of organisms (prey, algae, protozoa and bacteria) in the traps of aquatic Utricularia reflexa in relation to prey occurrence and trap age. The number of organisms increased with the trap age....
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This paper presents the fi rst detailed account of euglenophytes from the Republic of Cam-eroon (central Africa). Among sixteen taxa, Trachelomonas (11), Lepocinclis (2), Phacus (2) and Monomorphina (1), 7 are reported for the fi rst time from the country. All the taxa are described briefl y, while the fi ne structure of the Trachelomonas lorica su...
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We studied the diversity of the photosynthetic microscopic epilithon overgrowing the concrete walls of a cooling tower of the power plant at Bełchatów, central Poland. Epilithon samples were collected from the open upper part of concrete walls of a cooling tower in March 2006 and examined in labs as dried material in September 2006, and again in Ma...
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This paper includes data about chrysophyte stomatocysts and algae occurring together with carnivorous plants (Utricularia and Aldrovanda). In the examined material from Fredericksburg Turnpike, Woodford, Virginia, USA, among various groups of algae 12 different morphotypes of chrysophyte stomatocysts were found. Seven of the stomatocysts are report...
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The present contribution documents algae flora in the Bieszczady National Park for the first time. No dates are known on the occurrence and taxonomic diversity of algae in Wolosate Peat-bog. In the collected material 52 taxa belonging to Schizophyceae, Cyanophyceae, Bacillariophyceae, Xanthophyceae, Cryptophyceae, Euglenophyceae and Chlorophyceae,...
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An account is given of the occurrence of Pediastrum (Chlorophyceae, Sphaeropleales) in five eutrophic coastal lakes (Jamno, Bukowo, Gardno, Lebsko and Sarbsko) in northern Poland, together with morphological data of the species and more detailed taxonomic and ecological information for three taxa which appear to be rare world wide. These are P. mus...
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(Printz) Hegewald (Chlorophyceae) in Lake Małe Zmarłe, northern Poland This report on
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The Siemianówka Reservoir (SR) is located on the upper Narew River in north-eastern Poland (52o55’ N, 23o50’ E). It is a shallow eutrophic reservoir characterized by the development of blue-green algal blooms. Panktothrix agardhii (Gomont) Anagnostidis et Komarek dominated over other cyanobacteria during summer and autumn in 2007. Its mass developm...
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Soil is one of the fundamental components for supporting life on Earth. Most ecosystem processes and global functions that occur within soil are driven by living organisms that, in turn, sustain life above ground. However, despite the fact that soils are home to a quarter of all living species on Earth, life within the soil is often hidden away and...
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G. margaretae Hutach is one of the several Genlisea species native to Southeast Africa. It has been discovered in Tanzania and Zambia and is the only Genlisea species reported to exist in Madagascar. According to Rice (2006) G. margaretae is an easy terrestrial species to grow, requires high humidity and medium to bright lighting conditions with so...
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The aims of the present work were to determine the concentration and localization of metals in algae living in a highly acidic, metal-rich pond and to assess the effect of excess metals in limiting the algae's access to essential mineral nutrients. Quantitative EDS stud-ies revealed large species-specific differences in metal accumulation between t...
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The autumnal (2005, 2006) flora of algae in the pond of the Botanical Garden in Kraków consisted together of 56 taxa, among them: euglenophytes - 27 taxa, green algae -21, cyanoprokaryotes - 3, single taxa of diatoms, chrysophytes, dinophytes and a red alga. Euglenophytes were the most variably and abundantly occurring group which was represented b...
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We examined the algal composition of an extremely acidic, metal-rich drainage pond of a pyrite mine located in southeastern Portugal. Two acidophilic diatom taxa, Eunotia exigua ("Sippenkomplex") and Pinnularia acoricola var. acoricola were found to be dominant at the site. The well known acidophilic taxon Euglena mutabilis was also abundant. Uloth...
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The community of algae occurring in Genlisea traps and on the external traps surface in laboratory conditions were studied. A total of 29 taxa were found inside the traps, with abundant diatoms, green algae (Chlamydophy- ceae) and four morphotypes of chrysophytes stomatocysts. One morphotype is described as new for science. There are two ways of al...
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The present report has documented algae in the Bieszczady National Park.The Bieszczady National Park is situated in south-east Poland and it covers the only part of the Eastern Carpathians within the borders of Poland (Winnicki and Zemanek 2003). The Bieszczady National Park has unique natural environmental and cultural features, botanical, zoologi...
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The community of algae occurring in Genlisea traps and on the external traps surface in laboratory conditions were studied. A total of 29 taxa were found inside the traps, with abundant diatoms, green algae (Chlamydophyceae) and four morphotypes of chrysophytes stomatocysts. One morphotype is described as new for science. There are two ways of alga...
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Twelve taxa of algae comprising 1 Bacillariophyceae, 1 Dinophyceae, 2 Chrysophyceae, 6 Euglenophyceae and 2 Chlorophyceae were found in old fish ponds situated below the castle of Pieskowa Skala in the Ojców National Park. Ten of them: Cyclotella meneghiniana, Synura petersenii, Dinobryon sociale, Sphaerodinium sp., Phacus longicauda var. tortus, P...