Research projects

Statutory activities.

In accordance with the research plan approved by the Scientific Council on 26.10.2011,the statutory activities were carried out in the following seven themes:

  1. The water and energy balance in the agricultural landscape;
  2. The transformations of chemical forms of the major nutrients and ways of reducing water pollution in the agricultural landscape;
  3. Developing models of the spatial structure of protective shelterbelts on the plains and the wavy-moraine areas of Poland;
  4. The impact of agriculture on biodiversity of water reservoirs;
  5. Effect of landscape structure on biological diversity of agricultural land;
  6. Identification of ecological effects of different agricultural production systems;
  7. Study on the long-term land use changes, their environmental and social consequences.

All other projects and research tasks undertaken either individually by each Department or comprehensively, in cooperation with other national and foreign groups or academic institutions, help to improve the recognition or to extend  the subject matter of statutory activities.


Research projects funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education:

Individual projects:

  1. 'Impact of peat type and species of upland mires on the changes enzymatic, chemical and physical properties’. Professor Lech Wojciech Szajdak (2014-2017);
  2. 'Evaluation of chemical and biochemical transformations of acrotelm of low and high peat on the background of natural conditions of peat-forming environments'. Professor Lech Wojciech Szajdak (2009-2012);
  3. 'The occurrence and significance of indole-3-acetic acid fitohormone on the background of the biochemical,chemical and physical properties of organic and mineral substrates'. Professor Lech Wojciech Szajdak (2010-2013).
  4. 'Soil algae as an indicator to assess the environmental impacts of cultivation without plowing'. Dr. D. Sieminiak (2005-2010);
  5. 'A mathematical model connecting temperature changes in the large spatial scales with global climatic factors'. Professor Zbigniew Kundzewicz - a new project signed with the National Center for Science on 15.07.2011 (2011 - 2013).
  6. 'Transformation of humic acids under the influence of UV radiation in agricultural ecosystems'. Dr. Marcin Lipski (2007-2012);


Promotor projects:

  1. 'Effect of age and species composition of shelterbelts on the processes of denitrification in soils under shelterbelts and in adjacent crop fields'. Wioletta Gaca supervised by prof. L. Szajdak (2008-2011).
  2. 'Effectiveness of mid-field shelterbelts in reducing nutrient concentrations in groundwater.' Renata Jaskulska supervised by prof. L. Szajdak (2008-2012).
  3. 'Impact of peat organic soil as a biogeochemical barrier on reduction of  non-point pollution'. Marek Szczepanski supervised by prof. L. Szajdak (2010-2012).
  4. 'Analysis of thermal conditions of Poland on the background of the climate of Europe on the basis of observations and temperature projections'. Dariusz Graczyk, supervised by prof. Z.W. Kundzewicz (2010-2012).
  5. 'The principles of shaping the spatial structure and dendroflora of midfield shelterbelts  in order to optimize their protective and production functions'. Krzysztof Ziomek, supervosed by prof. S. Bałazy (2010-2012).
  6. 'GIS in shaping the agricultural landscape: the habitat models for selected species of birds as a tool for describing and assessing the biodiversity and management in agricultural areas'. Tomasz Knioła (not working in the Institute) supervised by dr. Krzysztof Kujawa. Opened on 19.02.2009 at the Institute of Agricultural and Forest Environment,PAS. Awarded with promotor grant.

Research topics funded in 2011 from foreign funds:

  1. WATCH "Water and Global Change". Integrated project of 6th EU Frame Programme. (2007-2011) - prof. Z. W. Kundzewicz.
  2. Nitro-Europe "The nitrogen cycle and its Influence on the European greenhouse gas balance." 6th EU Frame Programme - prof. A. Kędziora.
  3. "InContext" Individuals in Context: Supportive Environments for Sustainable Living. "
    7th EU Frame Programme (2011-2013).
  4. POLAPGEN-BD "Biotechnological tools for obtaining varieties of crops with increased drought resistance." The project is coordinated by the Institute of Plant Genetics in Poznan. IAFE PAS in Poznan (Prof. A. Kędziora) performs the task "Determination of current and prognosis of future water conditions of crop production in Poland." Implementation of the project within the Consortium began 01.01.2010 The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund "INNOVATIVE ECONOMY", National Cohesion Strategy "
  5. FLORIST "Flood risk on the northern foothhills of the Tatra Mountains”.Research project within the Polish-Swiss Research Programme No. PSPB-153/2010 - prof. Z. Kundzewicz (2011 - 2016)
  6. PEAT-ACROCATO "Impact of arctic zone on the chemical and biochemical processes, conversions and transformations in peat layers" The project is funded by the EU, implemented within the INTERACT WP4 since 2012, the project manager - prof. Lech Wojciech Szajdak. (2011 - 2012)


Participation in research projects implemented by other academic institutions:

  1. Using sequence analysis of regions ITS1 and ITS2 nrDNA for identification of the species of poisonous and hallucinogenic mushrooms for forensic purposes (cooperation with the Jagiellonian University - Head - Dr. Piotr Mleczko) - contractor, Dr. Anna Kujawa
  2. Polish-Austrian project WTZ-09/2009 "Studies on pathogens of economically important pest insects", continued until the end of 2010.
  3. Polish-French project "Development of agricultural landscapes to improve the quality of the environment and human health" ("Gestion des paysages agricoles pour l'amelioration de la qualité des milieux de la santé et Humaine"), implemented in cooperation between the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Centre National de Recherches Scientifiques - PICS).


Topics implemented together with foreign partners:

A. Contracts:

  1. "Assessing the sensitivity of water resources to global change at the regional, national and global scale" - under contract with the Potsdam Institute for Climatic Impact Research (PIK -Germany). Prof. Z. W. Kundzewicz.
  2. "Impact of the melioration on organic matter properties and the content of biologically active Substances in peats" - under an international agreement on scientific and scientific-technical cooperation in the period 2008-2013 between the Government of the Polish Republic and the Government of the Russian Federation. Prof. L. Szajdak.

B. Agreements between PAN and foreign scientific institutions:

  1. "Function of humus substances and the transformation of nitrogen in soil caused by land use and intensive agriculture." - under the contract with the Russian Academy of Sciences, the partner of the Institute is Russian Academy of Agriculture, Siberian Branch, Tomsk State Pedagogical University, Agroecology Laboratory, Tomsk - Prof. L. Szajdak.
  2. "Soil organic matter changes caused by intensive agriculture and land use - under the contract with the Estonian Academy of Sciences, the partner of the Institute is Estonian Agricultural University of Life Science, Department of Soil Science & Agrochemistry, Tartu - Prof. L. Szajdak.
  3. "Function of humus and humic acids in the transport of biologically active substances in soil. " - under the contract with the Belarussian Academy of Sciences, the partner of the Institute is the Institute of Natural Resources Use and Ecology, Belarussian Academy of Sciences, Minsk - Prof. L. Szajdak.
  4. Polish-French research project PICS. Development of agricultural landscapes to improve the quality of the environment and human health. (Gestion des paysages agricoles pour l'amelioration de la quqlite des milieux de la sante et humaine) - Prof. S. Bałazy.