Szymon Zubek

Address

Department of Plant Ecology
Institute of Botany, Jagiellonian University
Lubicz 46, 31-512 Kraków
e-mail: szymon.zubek@uj.edu.pl
phone: +48 12 424 17 98
www.researchgate.net/profile/Szymon_Zubek

Scientific education

  • 2013: Habilitation in biological sciences (mycology), Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, Jagiellonian University
  • 2007: Ph.D. in biological sciences (mycology), FBES, JU
  • 2002-2006: Ph.D. studies in biological sciences, FBES, JU
  • 2002: M.Sc. in biological sciences (mycology), FBES, JU
  • 1997-2002: M.Sc. studies in biological sciences, FBES, JU

Professional positions

  • 10.2017-present: Head of the Department of Plant Ecology, Institute of Botany, Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, Jagiellonian University
  • 11.2016-present: Head for scientific affairs of the Institute of Botany, Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, Jagiellonian University
  • 10.2016-09.2017: Head of the Department of Taxonomy, Phytogeography and Palaeobotany, Institute of Botany, Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, Jagiellonian University
  • 10.2013–present: Associate professor, Institute of Botany, Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, Jagiellonian University
  • 10.2009–09.2013: Assistant professor, Institute of Botany, Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, Jagiellonian University
  • 10.2007-09.2009: Assistant professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Botany, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jagiellonian University Collegium Medicum
  • 11.2006-09.2007: Research assistant, Department of Pharmaceutical Botany, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jagiellonian University Collegium Medicum

Research interests

  • Ecology of mycorrhizal fungi
  • Soil microbiology
  • Impact of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on the production of secondary metabolites in plants
  • Interactions of invasive plants with soil microorganisms
  • Arbuscular mycorrhiza, soil microbiological and physicochemical properties in temperate forests
  • The use of soil microorganisms in the active protection of endangered plants

Research grants and scientific programmes

International:

  • EU COST Action FP1305 BioLink "Linking soil biodiversity and ecosystem function in European forests", participant (2015-2016)
  • Polish-South African Research Programme, cooperation between Jagiellonian University and Materials Research Group of iThemba Labs, researcher (2001-2003)
  • EU COST Action 8.38 "Managing arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi for improving soil quality and plant health in agriculture", participant (2000-2006)
  • EU COST Action 631 "Understanding and modelling plant-soil interactions in the rhizosphere environment", participant (2000-2006)
  • EU Project MYCOREM "The use of mycorrhizal fungi in phytoremediation projects". Fifth Framework Programme, Life Sciences, QLR3-1999-00097, researcher (2000-2002)

National:

  • "Interactions of invasive plants with soil microorganisms". National Science Centre, project no. 2011/03/B/NZ8/00008, project leader (2012-2016)
  • “Morphological and molecular diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) of the Słowiński National Park and other localities, and AMF succession in the deflation field of the park". National Science Centre, project no. 2012/05/B/NZ8/00498, researcher (2013-2016)
  • "Impact of of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on biomass, vitality and secondary metabolite production of selected medicinal plants". Ministry of Science and Higher Education, project no. N N304 381939, project leader (2010-2013)
  • “Arbuscular mycorrhiza of rare and endangered plants of the Tatra Mts". Ministry of Science and Higher Education,  project no. 2 P04G 00628, researcher (2005-2006)

Scientific stays and expeditions

  • Georgia – scientific expedition (2015)
  • Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kórnik, Poland – laboratory stay (2012)
  • Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants, Poznań, Poland – laboratory stay (2012)
  • Materials Research Group, iThemba Labs, Somerset West, South Africa – laboratory stay (2001)

Co-organization of international conferences

  • The meeting of EU COST Action FP1305 BioLink: Linking soil biodiversity and ecosystem function in European forests, 17-19 March 2015, Kraków, Poland
  • 7th International Symbiosis Society Congress "The earth's vast symbiosphere", 22-28 July 2012, Kraków, Poland
  • Plant-Microbial Interactions, 2-6 July 2008, Kraków, Poland

Reviews, evaluations

Journal reviews

  • Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica
  • Acta Physiologiae Plantarum
  • American Fern Journal
  • Applied Soil Ecology
  • Aquatic Botany
  • Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science
  • Biological Invasions
  • FEMS Microbiology Letters
  • Fuctional Ecology
  • Fungal Ecology
  • Industrial Crops and Products
  • Journal of Plant Interactions
  • Journal of Plant Research
  • Journal of Soils and Sediments
  • Land Degradation and Development
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • Mycorrhiza
  • Pedosphere
  • Plant Biosystems
  • Plant Species Biology
  • Plant and Soil
  • PlosONE
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Revista de Biologia Tropical - International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation
  • Science of the Total Environment
  • Symbiosis

Project reviews

  • Czech Science Foundation (Czech Republic)
  • “Diamond Grant" programme, Ministry of Science and Higher Education (Poland)
  • “Iuventus Plus" programme, Ministry of Science and Higher Education (Poland)

Awards and scholarships

  • 2017: Award of Rector of the Jagiellonian University for scientific achievements
  • 2016: Award of Rector of the Jagiellonian University for scientific achievements
  • 2013-2016: Scholarship of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for outstanding young researcher
  • 2015: Distinction by Rector of the Jagiellonian University for teaching activities
  • 2011: Award of Rector of the Jagiellonian University for scientific achievements
  • 2007: Distinction by Rector of the Jagiellonian University for doctoral dissertation

Academic teaching activity

Selected courses:

  • Fungal biology (2016-present)
  • Diversity and evolution of plants, algae and fungi (2016-present)
  • Diversity and evolution of plants (2015-present)
  • Botanical workshop (2015-present)
  • Progress in botany (2014-present)
  • Fungi in biotechnology and medicine (2010-present)
  • Fungi and lichens (2010-present)
  • Mycology with elements of microbiology (2011-2014)
  • Systematic mycology (2009-2016)
  • Systematic botany (2002-2006, 2010)
  • Pharmaceutical botany (2007-2009)
  • Fungal ecology (2002-2006)
  • Mycorrhizal ecology (2002-2006)

Supervision:

  • Bachelor students – 7
  • Master students – 10
  • Doctoral students – 4
  • Scientific stays – 4

Selected publications

Chmolowska D., Elhottová D., Krištůfek V., Kozak M., Kapustka F., Zubek S. 2017. Functioning grouped soil microbial communities according to ecosystem type, based on comparison of fallows and meadows in the same region. Science of the Total Environment 599-600: 981-991.

Majewska M.L., Rola K., Zubek S. 2017. The growth and phosphorus acquisition of invasive plants Rudbeckia laciniata and Solidago gigantea are enhanced by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Mycorrhiza 27: 83-94.

Stefanowicz A.M., Stanek M., Nobis M., Zubek S. 2017. Few effects of invasive plants Reynoutria japonica, Rudbeckia laciniata and Solidago gigantea on soil physical and chemical properties. Science of the Total Environment 574: 938–946.

Zubek S., Majewska M.L., Błaszkowski J., Stefanowicz A.M., Nobis M., Kapusta P. 2016. Invasive plants affect arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi abundance and species richness as well as the performance of native plants grown in invaded soils. Biology and Fertility of Soils 52: 841-852.

Stefanowicz A.M., Stanek M., Nobis M., Zubek S. 2016. Species-specific effects of plant invasions on activity, biomass, and composition of soil microbial communities. Biology and Fertility of Soils 52: 879-893.

Zubek S., Nobis M., Błaszkowski J., Nowak A., Majewska M., Bąba W. 2016. Arbuscular mycorrhiza and fungal root endophytes of weeds in an altitudinal gradient in the Pamir Alai Mountains of Central Asia. Plant Biosystems 150: 161-170.

Kowalczyk M., Sekuła A., Mleczko P., Olszowy Z., Kujawa A., Zubek S., Kupiec T. 2015. Practical aspects of genetic identification of hallucinogenic and other poisonous mushrooms for clinical and forensic purposes. Croatian Medical Journal 56: 32-40.

Majewska M.L., Błaszkowski J., Nobis M., Rola K., Nobis A., Łakomiec D., Czachura P., Zubek S. 2015. Root-inhabiting fungi in alien plant species in relation to invasion status and soil chemical properties. Symbiosis 65:101-115.

Zubek S., Rola K., Szewczyk A., Majewska M., Turnau K. 2015 Enhanced concentrations of elements and secondary metabolites in Viola tricolor L. induced by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Plant and Soil 390: 129-142.

Nobis A., Błaszkowski J., Zubek S. 2015. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi associations of vascular plants confined to river valleys: towards understanding the river corridor plant distribution. Journal of Plant Research 128: 127-137.

Zubek S., Błaszkowski J., Seidler-Łożykowska K., Bąba W., Mleczko P. 2013. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi abundance, species richness and composition under the monocultures of five medicinal plants. Acta Scientiarum Polonorum Hortorum Cultus 12: 127-141.

Kołaczek P., Zubek S., Błaszkowski J., Mleczko P., Margielewski W. 2013. Erosion or plant succession – How to interpret the presence of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (Glomeromycota) spores in pollen profiles collected from mires. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 189: 29-37.

Zubek S., Stefanowicz A.M., Błaszkowski J., Niklińska M., Seidler-Łożykowska K. 2012. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and soil microbial communities under contrasting fertilization of three medicinal plants. Applied Soil Ecology 59: 106-115.

Zubek S., Błaszkowski J., Buchwald W. 2012. Fungal root endophyte associations of medicinal plants. Nova Hedwigia 94: 525-540.

Zubek S., Nobis M., Błaszkowski J., Mleczko P., Nowak A. 2011. Fungal root endophyte associations of plants endemic to the Pamir Alay Mountains of Central Asia. Symbiosis 54: 139-149.

Zubek S., Mielcarek S., Turnau K. 2011. Hypericin and pseudohypericin concentrations of a valuable medicinal plant Hypericum perforatum L. are enhanced by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Mycorrhiza 22: 149-156.

Zubek S., Błaszkowski J., Mleczko P. 2011. Arbuscular mycorrhizal and dark septate endophyte associations of medicinal plants. Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae 80: 285-292.

Błaszkowski J., Czerniawska B., Kowalczyk S., Turnau K., Zubek S. 2010. Ambispora gerdemannii and Glomus badium, two species of arbuscular fungi (Glomeromycota) new for Europe and Poland, respectively. Acta Mycologica 45: 17-25.

Mleczko P., Zubek S., Kozak M. 2011. New Central European record of a rare hydnoid species Sarcodon leucopus (Pers.) Maas G. et Nannf. with the description of its ectomycorrhiza with spruce. Nova Hedvigia 92: 257-272.

Zubek S., Piątek K., Naks P., Heise W., Wayda M., Mleczko P. 2010. Fungal root endophyte colonization of ferns and lycophytes from Celaque National Park in Honduras. American Fern Journal 100: 126-136.

Zubek S., Stojakowska A., Anielska T., Turnau K. 2010. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi alter thymol derivative contents of Inula ensifolia L. Mycorrhiza 20:497-504.

Stojakowska A., Malarz J., Zubek S., Turnau K., Kisiel W. 2010. Terpenoids and phenolics from Inula ensifolia. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 38: 232-235.

Piekoszewska A., Ekiert H., Zubek S. 2010. Arbutin production in Ruta graveolens L. and Hypericum perforatum L. in vitro cultures. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 32: 223-229.

Zubek S., Błaszkowski J. 2009. Medicinal plants as hosts of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and dark septate endophytes. Phytochemistry Reviews 8: 571-580.

Zubek S., Błaszkowski J., Delimat A., Turnau K. 2009. Arbuscular mycorrhizal and dark septate endophyte colonisation along altitudinal gradients in the Tatra Mountains. Arctic Antarctic and Alpine Research 41: 272-279.

Zubek S., Turnau K., Tsimilli-Michael M., Strasser R.J. 2009. Response of endangered plant species to inoculation with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and soil bacteria. Mycorrhiza 19: 113-123.

Zubek S., Stojakowska A., Kisiel W., Góralska K., Turnau K. 2009. Interactions between mycorrhizal fungi and medicinal plants. In: Feldman F., Alford D.V., Furk C. (eds). Crop Plant Resistance to Biotic and Abiotic Factors. Pp. 124-129. ISBN 978-3-941261-05-1. Deutsche Phytomedizinische Gesellschaft, Braunschweig, Germany.

Zubek S., Turnau K., Błaszkowski J. 2008. Arbuscular mycorrhiza of endemic and endangered plants from the Tatra Mts. Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae 77: 149-156.

Błaszkowski J., Czerniawska B., Zubek S., Turnau K. 2008. Glomus intraradices and Pacispora robiginia, species of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (Glomeromycota) new for Poland. Acta Mycologica 43: 121-132.

Turnau K., Orłowska E., Ryszka P., Zubek S., Anielska T., Gawroński S., Jurkiewicz A. 2006. Role of mycorrhizal fungi in phytoremediation and toxicity monitoring of heavy metal rich industrial wastes in Southern Poland. In: Twardowska I., Allen H.E., Häggblom M.H. (eds). Viable methods of soil and water pollution monitoring, protection and remediation. Pp. 533-552. ISBN-10 1-4020-4727-4 (PB). Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Przybyłowicz W.J., Mesjasz-Przybyłowicz J., Migula P., Nakonieczny M., Augustyniak M., Tarnawska M., Turnau K., Ryszka P., Orłowska E., Zubek S., Głowacka E. 2005. Micro-PIXE in Ecophysiology. X-Ray Spectrometry 34: 285-289.

Zubek S., Turnau K., Błaszkowski J. 2005. Arbuscular mycorrhiza of plants from the Mountain Botanical Garden in Zakopane. Acta Mycologica 40: 25-41.

Orłowska E., Zubek S., Jurkiewicz A., Szarek-Łukaszewska G., Turnau K. 2002. Influence of restoration on arbuscular mycorrhiza of Biscutella laevigata L. (Brassicaceae) and Plantago lanceolata L. (Plantaginaceae) from calamine spoil mounds. Mycorrhiza 12: 153-160.

Participation in conferences

  • Belowground biodiversity and global change. The meeting of COST Action FP1305 BioLink: Linking soil biodiversity and ecosystem function in European forests, Průhonice, Czech Republic – 2016
  • 57 Zjazd Polskiego Towarzystwa Botanicznego, Lublin, Poland – 2016
  • 8th Congress of International Symbiosis Society, Lisbon, Portugal – 2015
  • Belowground biodiversity in changing environment. The meeting of COST Action FP1305 BioLink: Linking soil biodiversity and ecosystem function in European forests, Kraków, Poland – 2015
  • Warsztaty Polskiego Towarzystwa Mykologicznego. Grzyby – organizmy kluczowe dla życia na Ziemi, Łódź-Spała, Poland – 2014
  • The First Interdisciplinary Symposium. Biogeography of the Carpathians: Evolution of Biodiversity in a Spatiotemporal Context, Kraków, Poland – 2013
  • 7th International Symbiosis Society Congress, Kraków, Poland – 2012
  • International Biological Conference on the Middle and Central Asia Biodiversity and its Conservation, Ostrava, Czech Republic – 2012
  • XXXVIII Zjazd Polskich Ogrodów Botanicznych pod patronatem Rady Ogrodów Botanicznych w Polsce połączony z konferencją pt. Gromadzenie i wykorzystanie kolekcji roślin użytkowych w kraju, Poznań, Poland – 2009
  • 6th International Symposium on Chromatography of Natural Products, Lublin, Poland – 2008
  • International Conference on Plant-Microbial Interactions, Kraków, Poland – 2008
  • Eurobiotech – Central European Congress of Life Sciences, Kraków, Poland – 2008
  • VIII Ogólnopolska Konferencja - Kultury in vitro w fizjologii roślin, Kraków, Poland – 2008
  • Eurobiotech – Biotechnology in Agriculture, Kraków, Poland – 2007
  • 54 Zjazd Polskiego Towarzystwa Botanicznego, Szczecin, Poland – 2007
  • International Congress of Symbiosis Society, Viena, Austria – 2006
  • Understanding and modelling plant-soil interactions in the rhizosphere environment, COST Action 6.31 Final Meeting, Prague, Czech Republic – 2006
  • XVII Botanical Congress, Vienna, Austria – 2005
  • Understanding and modelling plant-soil interactions in the rhizosphere environment, COST Action 6.31, Kraków-Tomaszowice, Poland – 2005
  • Managing Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi for Improving Soil Quality and Plant Health in Agriculture, COST Action 8.38, Granada, Spain – 2004
  • 53 Zjazd Polskiego Towarzystwa Botanicznego, Toruń/Bydgoszcz, Poland – 2004
  • 4th International Conference on Mycorrhizas, Montreal, Canada – 2003
  • 52 Zjazd Polskiego Towarzystwa Botanicznego, Poznań, Poland – 2001
  • 15th International Symposium on Environmental Biogeochemistry – Biogeochemical Process and Cycling of Elements in the Environment, Wrocław, Poland – 2001