Department of Phycology IB PAS deals with the taxonomic, floral, ecological and biogeographical research of the freshwater algae of Poland and other European countries as well as USA, Asia, Africa and Antarctica. The basic biological model of research are the communities of algae colonising springs, streams, rivers, puddles, ponds, lakes and bogs.
The essential aspects of research carried out in the Department are based on studies on algal groups such as: Euglenophyceae, Bacillariophyceae, Chlorophyceae – Chlorococcales, Chrysophyceae (and their stomatocysts) and Synurophyceae (and their stomatocysts) using classical phenotypic methods of research with modern, light and electron microscopes.
The Department collects and develops: bibliographic collections of Polish flora, index of Latin names of algae reported from Poland and iconography of the world's freshwater algal flora. Develops collections of freshwater algal cultures. It is a national phycological information center and has the third in the world iconographic collection of freshwater algae.
CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
Studies on euglenophytes flora of Europe (Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, England), Asia (Thailand), Africa (Cameroon). K. Wołowski
Cytomorphological studies on chosen taxa of algae using scanning electron microscope. K. Wołowski
Traps of carnivorous plants from Poland and USA as algae microhabitats. K. Wołowski, M. Łukaszek
Algae in extreme environments. K. Wołowski, M. Łukaszek
Taxonomy, ecology and biogeography of chrysophytes (Chrysophyceae and Synurophyceae) and their resting stages called stomatocysts. J. Piątek
Studies on morphological stomatocysts diversity from Europe (Poland, Slovakia) and Africa (Benin, Egypt, Cameroon, Togo). J. Piątek
Taxonomy, ecology and biogeography of diatoms (Bacillariophyceae). A. Wojtal
Elaboration of chosen species complexes based on herbary collections of Ehrenberg, Hustedt, Pantoc and Rabenhorst. A. Wojtal
Biodiversity of diatoms and water chemistry of southern Poland springs. A. Wojtal
Studies on diatoms location from different geographical regions of Europe (Poland, Bulgaria, Romania), Asia (Turkey, India) and Antarctica. A. Wojtal
Taxonomy and ecology of green algae (Chlorophyta) with particular emphasis on the Pediastrum taxa in Poland. J. Kowalska
Key words: freshwater algae, diversity, microhabitats, Europe, USA, Asia, Africa, Bacillariopyceae, Euglenophyceae, Chrysophyceae – stomatocyst, Chlorophyceae – Chlorococcales, morphology, cytology, cells ultrastructure