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
Bioactive compounds produced by cyanobacterial and algae (M. Adamski)
Diversity of euglenophytes (Euglenophyta) of the world in the aspect of environmental changes (K. Wołowski)
Biodiversity of algae in the world (K. Wołowski, L. Żak-El Shahed, J. Lenarczyk, M. Solarska, J. Piątek)
Taxonomy and ecology of green algae (Chlorophyta) with particular emphasis on the Pediastrum taxa (J. Lenarczyk)
Morphological and taxonomical diversity of chrysophycean stomotocysts in Africa (J. Piątek)
Cryptophytes (Cryptophyceae) of Poland – taxonomy and ecology (M. Solarska)