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Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation (IUNG) Poland

IUNG State Research Institute is the largest research-development centre in Poland, conducting agricultural studies under the supervision of the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The tasks of the Institute are implemented within the long-term programme “Principles of sustainable management and protection of agricultural area in Poland”. The Department of Biochemistry and Crop Quality at IUNG includes 12 permanent staff (1 professor, 1 associate professor, 4 PhD holders, 3 researchers and 3 technicians) and 3 PhD students. The core interest of the department is plant secondary metabolism, including isolation and structure elucidation of secondary metabolites (flavonoids, isoflavones, saponins, alkaloids, glucosinolates, plant phenolics, cyanogenic glucosides, tocols, vitamins) their biological activity (antioxidant, anticancer, antibacterial, allelopathic estrogenic etc.) and occurrence in plants, structure-activity relationships, determination in food and feeding stuffs. The Department is well equipped for phytochemical research with HPLC system (Waters), LPLC systems for preparative separation, the LC-MS/MS (Thermo-Finnigan) system with ion trap, UPLC (Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatograph) with TripleQuad MS/MS, Accelerated Solvent Extractor (ASE 200, Dionex), GC/MS, ICP or AAS.

Role in OSCAR: IUNG will participate in the coordinated field trials (MEE, WP2) and participate in the screening programmes (WP3), assessing novel species for alternative (additional) uses, beside their agronomic and ecological function as SC. The feed value, potential for the production of protein concentrates and the content in compounds of interest for industrial transformation will be assessed.


Key staff involved in OSCAR

Prof. Wieslaw Oleszek is executive Director of the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation. His research interests are in the isolation, purification, structural and quantitative determination of plant natural products, natural toxicants of plants; allelopathy, natural pesticides, and post-harvest quality of agricultural products; natural antioxidants and anticancerogens, nutraceuticals biosynthesis of secondary metabolites.

Assoc. Prof. Anna Stochmal is a biochemist working on secondary metabolites in legumes (cyanogenic glycosides, flavonoids, hydroxamic acids, saponins). She has participated in several EU and other large projects.