Faculty of Biology AMU

Adam Mickiewicz University

Uniwersytetu Poznańskiego 6, 61-614 Poznań

Phone: +48 61 829 5552, +48 61 829 5553

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The many and varied investigations carried out at the Faculty of Biology of AMU significantly contribute to the development of biological sciences. They comprise the studies from the level of molecular organization of life (molecular biology and genetics, biochemistry and bioenergetics) through cellular, both pro- and eukaryotic (microbiology, cell biology, cytology and plant and animal histology), up to the organismal (physiology of plants and animals) and supra-organismal level, including relationships between organisms and their life environment within populations, ecosystems and higher organizational units.

 

All of these studies more and more strongly incorporate most modern approaches, involving, on one hand, evolutionary issues and, on the other, computational techniques (bioinformatics). The organizational structure of the Faculty of Biology reflects well the research interest of the Faculty's staff. Within the four Institutes, the widely understood biological studies are conducted.

 

They are shortly characterized below:

 

Institute of Anthropology


    Studies concentrate on the problems of biology of human development in the prenatal, perinatal and postnatal period; physical development of infants, children and teenagers; biological signs of aging of humans and human populations; changes in natural migrations of people and their genetic consequences in 19th and 20th-century Poland; biological and non-biological determinants of social bonds; importance of acoustic characteristics of human voice in interpersonal communication; biology of human populations; biology and ecology of subfossil populations; biological and cultural factors determining human behaviour; ecological conditions of biocultural evolution and the theory of human evolution.

Institute of Experimental Biology


    Investigations involve the following issues: defensive and adaptive mechanisms of animals and plants in response to biotic and abiotic stress (e.g., the presence of heavy metals or water deprivation); experimental embryology of plants; physiological, biochemical and molecular principles of growth and development of plants and animals; taxonomy, phylogeny, genetic differentiation, virulence factors and their genetic determinants (among others, pathogenic islands) in the selected groups of bacteria; taxonomy and genetics of plant populations; micropropagation of rare and endangered species of plants; structure and function of membranes, cell organelles, cells and tissues in invertebrates; new, effective methods of detection pathogenic bacteria and viruses, including those associated with cancerous processes.

Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology


    Studies concentrate on the issues of: molecular organization and functioning of nuclear and organelle genomes in plants and animals; structure and mechanisms of maturation of eukaryotic ribonucleic acids; molecular bases of bioenergetic processes and energy transduction in mitochondrial membranes; genetic transformation of plants; molecular bases of structural and functional integrity of plant cells; genetic and bioinformatic analysis of structure of genomes and genes participating in defensive mechanisms; mechanisms of detoxification of environmental pollutants and mechanisms of cell signalization initiating cell response to inflammatory diseases; application of bioinformatic methods to structural analysis of molecules and cell systems.

Institute of Environmental Biology


    The main research issues include: systematics and phylogeny of plants and animals; chorology of flora and vegetation; floristic and taxonomic studies of the flora of Poland (algae, bryophytes and angiosperms) and Central Africa; mycological studies; faunistic, zoogeographic, systematic and phylogenetic studies of the fauna of Poland (mollusks, myriapods, acarids, spiders, insects, birds and mammals) and acarids of the world; population biology of plants and animals; autecology and synecology; ecology of different groups of animals; functioning, protection and regeneration of aquatic ecosystems; interdisciplinary studies on evaluation of environmental values of large areas; reintroduction of rare and endangered species; effect of anthropopression on differentiation of ecosystems; comprehensive studies associated with environmental protection; selected aspects of behavioral ecology - sound and signal communication, natural selection, long-term changes in life history traits and habitat selectivity; aeropalynology.

    A special feature of the Faculty of Biology are separate core facilities. These units support scientific, research and teaching activities of the Faculty. The library provides access to scientific literature, essential for the employees and students, while other units are characterized below:

Laboratory of Molecular Biology Techniques


    The laboratory applies molecular biology techniques, based on DNA sequencing and genome analysis, to solve research problems of different departments. Studies carried out in the laboratory include phylogenetic analysis, determination of relationships and analysis of population variability, and involve also bioinformatic techniques of data analysis. In addition, the laboratory conducts its own studies on the molecular markers of mites and microorganisms.

Laboratory of Electron and Confocal Microscopy


    This laboratory provides an open access to highly sophisticated technical equipment: transmission and scanning electron microscopes and confocal microscope, while standard light microscopy techniques are managed by the individual Institutes. Laboratory provides also professional service and assistance of the staff. Independent investigations conducted in the laboratory concentrate on the evaluation of stress factors on subcellular structures of different organisms.

Isotopic Laboratory


    The laboratory facilitates experiments with the use of isotope materials.

Natural Collections


    This unit provides professional care of the Faculty's natural collections: herbarium, faunal and osteological. It continually strives to expand the most precious collections through scientific activity of its staff, coordination of collecting activities within the Faculty, exchange with other centres and purchase. This allows to incorporate the Faculty's collection into the world system of natural collections' information and circulation, in accordance with the Convention on Biological Diversity signed by Poland. This facility serves scientific, museum and didactic functions and, at the same time, plays an integrating role, both within the Institute of Environmental Protection and other Faculty's Institutes.

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